WAC Mentoring Project Grants

Grants to Wyoming Professional Artists and Apprentices
to Pass Down Shared Cultural Arts and Traditions

GrantWatch ID#: 174052
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Wyoming Arts Council (WAC) and National Endowment for the Arts


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Grants of $3,000 to Wyoming experienced individual artists and their apprentices for projects that will pass down shared traditional and folk art skills through hands-on training. All forms of art are invited, including music, crafts, dance, and more. The artists applying together must have a shared cultural group. Mentors and apprentices must apply together and include information about the art form, their skill level, a project outline and work samples.

Applications will judged on the following criteria:

- Quality of the work as demonstrated by the support materials of both the master and the apprentice.
- How the art form and artists fit within the definition of folk and traditional art.
- Priority may be given to projects that involve endangered traditions and/or art forms.
- Commitment of the apprentice to continuing the traditional skills learned.
- Feasibility of the proposed work plan.

Up to 3 projects will be selected.

$3,000 for each project ($2,300 for the master artist’s honorarium and $700 for supplies and travel).
All project costs over $3,000 must be paid by the award recipients.

The mentorship must take place January through October, and projects must be no shorter than six (6) months.

Eligibility Requirements:

- Applicants must share a common cultural group and the art form must reflect the aesthetics of the shared group. In-family mentorships are allowed.
- Master and apprentice must apply together.
- Artists may participate in only one Mentoring Project each year.
- Apprentices must be Wyoming residents for at least two years prior to application.
- Apprentices should not be younger than 18 years of age.
- Apprentices must be at a proficient level of skill at the time of the application.
- Apprentices must demonstrate a serious long-term commitment to continuing the art form.

Not Eligible:

- The work of contemporary studio artists or re-creations of historic repertoires or antiques.
- Academic research or formal study toward an academic or professional degree.
- Projects less than six (6) months.
- Workshops or conferences.

Proposals are due September 1, 2017. Support materials are due September 10, 2017.

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

To apply:

Annie Hatch, Folklorist and Access Specialist
Phone: 307-777-7721

Wyoming Arts Council
2301 Central Ave.
Barrett Building, Second Floor
Cheyenne, WY 82002

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