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Folk Arts Apprenticeship Program

Grants to New Mexico Master Artists to
Train Apprentices in Traditional Art Forms

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New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs - New Mexico Arts

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12/07/18 5:00 PM Delivery or Postmarked by Date


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Grants to New Mexico master folk artists to train dedicated apprentices in traditional art forms. New applicants must submit an application draft for advance review. The purpose of this program is to maintain traditional art forms practiced within the state.

Folk arts are the traditional functional and expressive arts passed down informally by people through word of mouth or by imitation within a specific cultural group. Common types of cultural groups are: family, community, occupational, ethnic, or religious. Folk arts reflect the values and worldviews of the groups that make them, and are a rich and valuable heritage for all New Mexicans.

The Folk Arts program provides grants for folk arts projects and folk arts apprenticeships; conducts fieldwork and documentation of the traditional arts in New Mexico and regionally; and presents workshops, lectures, panels, and events to further highlight traditional art forms in the region.

This program funds:
-Supplies, materials, and travel necessary to the successful completion of the apprenticeship.
-Honorarium for the master artist.

Priority will be given to master artists and apprentices who are members of the cultural group in which their art form developed (such as a cowboy poet who is or has been a working cowboy) and who produce their art specifically for members of their cultural group. Folk arts produced primarily for tourists and collectors outside the culture of the artist are not the priority of the Folk Arts Program, as the goal of this program is to assist communities in retaining and passing on their own heritage.

This program supports Short Term and Long Term apprenticeships. A Short Term apprenticeship does not require many expensive supplies. A Long Term apprenticeship requires more supplies.

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GrantWatch ID#: 176358

Estimated Size of Grant:

Short Term: A $1,000 honorarium and up to $1,000 for mileage and supplies necessary to complete the apprenticeship.

Long Term: A $2,000 honorarium, and up to $2,000 for mileage and supplies necessary to complete the apprenticeship.

Term of Contract:

All funded apprenticeships are eligible to begin when their contracts are signed by NM Arts, but not before July 1, 2019 and must conclude by May 31, 2020. Apprenticeships may begin later than July 1, 2019, but all must be concluded by May 31, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Master folk artists who have reached a high level of expertise in their art form are encouraged to apply.

Apprentices should already have some skill in the art form to be studied and should demonstrate a serious commitment to working with the master artist and in maintaining this traditional art form within their cultural group.

It is preferable that masters and apprentices know each other and have worked together before they apply. They may be relatives.

Determination as to whether the art form fits into the category of traditional folk arts will be made by the Folk Arts Coordinator prior to application review by a review panel.

Not Funded:
-Capital expenditures for equipment (budget items over $100 or with a useful life of over one year). This includes items such as looms, musical instruments, carving chisels, and power tools
-Materials and supplies over and above what is considered necessary to complete the apprenticeship in the time frame allowed.
-Apprenticeships entirely or primarily focused on restoration projects are not eligible in this category.
-Apprenticeships whose primary mission is training others to teach rather than perform or produce art are not eligible in this category.

Pre-Application Information:

Mailing Post Mark Deadline: Friday, December 7, 2018
Hand Delivery Deadline: Friday, December 7, 2018 at 5pm

To request a fillable PDF version of the application, contact Folk Arts Coordinator Lilli Tichinin.

All applicants are encouraged to submit an Advance Review. All new applicants are required to submit an Advance Review by the published deadline of 5:00 p.m. MST on October 19, 2018. New applicants must contact New Mexico Arts program staff to determine if the proposed program meets the eligibility requirements of a funding category.

Master Artists who have received contracts for two consecutive years must wait one full year before they are eligible to re-apply in this category.

Panel Ratings and Rankings and Staff recommendations will be reviewed by the New Mexico Arts Commission. Funding recommendations will be considered and final contract award decisions will be made in the spring of 2019.

Announcement of awards and mailing of contracts will be in late June 2019.

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

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Applications should be mailed to the following address:
New Mexico Arts
407 Galisteo St. Suite 270
Santa Fe, NM 87501

Jenice Gharib, Grants Program & Policy Director
505-827-6490 / 1-800-879-4278

Lilli Tichinin, Program Coordinator

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Geographic Focus:

USA: New Mexico