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Folk Arts Apprenticeship Grant

Grants to Utah Folk and Traditional
Artists to Train Emerging Apprentice Artists

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Utah Division of Arts and Museums (UA&M)

Deadline Date:

09/14/18 5:00 PM MST


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Grants of up to $3,000 to Utah master artists to train apprentices in the traditional art forms. This program supports qualifying emerging artists who wish to study with a traditional master artist of a Native, ethnic, rural, or occupational community. The master artist must demonstrate a commitment to passing on cultural knowledge.

Funding assists these accomplished mentors in sharing their skills with chosen apprentices of the same cultural community. Apprentice(s) and teacher should complete their application together.

-Teacher and apprentice(s) must design a work plan for their project with a clearly articulated timeline, budget, and end product.
-The proposed collaborative project can be conducted through short term intensive workshops or regularly scheduled classes over several weeks/months, not to exceed a six-month period.
-People who receive funding must coordinate a site visit for documentation of the project with the Utah Division of Arts & Museums (UA&M) Folk Arts Specialist during the course of the project.
-There must be a public presentation of the completed work after conclusion of the project.

Many but not all art forms shared within a community, family, or small group may qualify for a Folk Arts grant. Considering art “folk” or “traditional,” requires that skills, knowledge, and creative criteria are passed between members of a shared community, typically by recognized tradition bearers to younger generations. Traditional art forms are diverse, varying greatly in medium and method. Performing arts such as singing, dancing, and drumming may qualify, as can crafts like weaving, rawhide braiding, silversmithing, and woodcarving. If your arts practice is traditional and passed on to other members of your community through intensive experiential learning, it may be eligible. Resulting workshops, exhibitions, performances, or other funded presentations should demonstrably strengthen the cultural heritage of your community or geographic region and increase public awareness of folk and traditional arts in Utah.


-Tradition - a skill, craft, or art form shared between members of the same cultural community learned in informal settings by observation and imitation.
-Cultural Community - a group of people with a shared identity: ethnic, tribal, occupational, religious, or regional.
-Folk or Traditional Artist - a skilled practitioner of a traditional art form learned within the artist’s own culture, creates work for use within their own cultural community.

Funds may be used for:

-Teacher instruction fees
-In-state travel expenses (mileage) for participating artists
-Supplies, tools, and other materials directly related to the project (excluding purchased musical
instruments, outfits, or costumes)
-Space rental for teaching or performance purposes
-Other costs directly associated with the proposed project

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 175021

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $3,000

Term of Contract:

Utah Division of Arts & Museums funds must be spent between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019 (FY19).

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants:
-Master folk artists/tradition bearers who are recognized within their community.
-Emerging traditional artists and/or apprentices.

Past Folk Arts grantees can only be funded every other year in this category.

Master folk artists cannot apply for or receive more than one grant award in a fiscal year.

Not Funded:
-Historical re-enactment projects.
-Academic awards and/or work, including: fellowships, scholarships, or tuition fees for student work;
as well as in-school curriculum projects and/or projects that are part of a required course or
-Out-of-state travel.

Pre-Application Information:

Applicants are strongly encouraged to talk with the UA&M Folk Arts Specialist before applying.

All applications must be completed and submitted online by Friday, September 14, 2018 at 5:00 P.M. MST.

Grant Timeline:

-Grant Opens: Friday, June 1, 2018
-Grant Closes: Friday, September 14, 2018 at 5:00 P.M. MST
-Panel Review: October 2018
-Funding Notification: November 2018
-Payment Disbursed: After contract has been processed

Contact Information:

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

Apply Online:

Adrienne Decker, Folk Arts Specialist

Laurel Cannon Alder, Grants Manager

Racquel Cornali, Grants Coordinator

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Utah