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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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Grants to New Mexico artists for short-term and long-term apprentice training to support the preservation of art forms that are handed down within cultural groups. New and previously ineligible applicants must complete a draft review prior to submitting a full proposal. The purpose of the Folk Arts Apprenticeship Program is to sustain traditional folk arts practiced in New Mexico by contracting with master folk artists to teach their art forms to dedicated apprentices.

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.

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.

Eligible uses of funds include supplies, materials, and travel necessary to the successful completion of the apprenticeship and an honorarium for the master artist.

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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. A short-term apprenticeship lasts from two to four months and does not require many expensive supplies.

Long Term:
A $2,000 honorarium, and up to $2,000 for mileage and supplies necessary to complete the apprenticeship. A long-term apprenticeship lasts five to eight months, during which time the master and apprentice meet at least five times a month (or the equivalent), and requires more supplies.

Term of Contract:

All funded apprenticeships are eligible to begin when their contracts are signed by NM Arts, but not before July 1, 2021 and must conclude by May 31, 2022. Apprenticeships may begin later than July 1, 2021, but all must be concluded by May 31, 2022.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

New Mexico 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.

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-proposal Conference:

Join New Mexico Arts staff for a Q&A session covering the FY22 Funding Guidelines and application. Two Zoom meetings will be held to discuss changes and to answer questions. Please see dates and times below.

Join Zoom Meeting: Tuesday, Sep 29, 2020 PM Mountain Time
Meeting ID: 828 3899 1852
Passcode: zXr9sE

Join Zoom Meeting: Thursday Oct 1, 2020 10:00 AM Mountain Time
Meeting ID: 897 6922 1625
Passcode: zXr9sE

Pre-Application Information:

- All Advance Review applications must be submitted online through the FoundantGLM system by 5:00 pm MST Friday, October 16, 2020.
- Applications must be submitted and postmarked no later than 5:00 PM MST Friday, December 4, 2020.
- The panel review period is scheduled for the month of March.
- The panel rankings will be posted on the NMA website within ten business days of the panel review period.
- The panel rankings will be presented to the Planning and Budget Committee of the New Mexico Arts Commission for funding recommendations in May.
- Final approval of funding recommendations occurs at the meeting of the full New Mexico Arts Commission in June.
- Successful applicants will receive a contract package in June/July. Applicants not recommended for funding will receive a letter.

An Advance Review is offered prior to the final deadline to help applicants improve their applications and to check for mistakes that might cause ineligibility. If an applicant was declared ineligible or did not receive funding in the past year or has not applied to New Mexico Arts in the past two years, an Advance Review is required.

Please note: an Advance Review by New Mexico Arts does not guarantee funding.

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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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Matthew Gallegos

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