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Folk Art Apprenticeship

Grants to Mississippi Master and Apprentice
Artists to Practice and Study the Traditional Art Forms

Agency Type:

State

Funding Source:

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Mississippi Arts Commission (MAC)

Deadline Date:

03/01/18 Electronic Receipt or Postmarked by Date

Description:

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Grants of up to $2,000 to Mississippi master and apprentice artists to support study and practice in the traditional art forms. Applications must be submitted jointly by the master and apprentice artists. The purpose of this program is to promote the development, survival, and continued evolution of community-based traditional art forms within the state.

The master artist and their potential apprentice must apply together. The master artist should be recognized within their community as an accomplished artist within a community-based traditional art form. They should be active in the art form, either performing or creating new work on a regular basis. The master artist should have developed their skills through an informal, traditional manner rather than through formalized courses.

The program allows master traditional artists to pass along their unique skills to promising novice artists that work in their art form. The master artist works with the apprentice on a one-on-one basis over an agreed upon period of time to teach specific aspects of the tradition.

Many types of traditional artists can benefit from this program. Some examples of artists who have received Apprenticeship grants in the past include boat builders, quilters, old-time fiddlers, traditional potters, basketmakers, and blues guitarists. The program is focused on supporting forms of creative expression that have been an important part of community life for many years and that are passed on informally rather than taught through formal classes.

MAC also accepts Apprenticeship applications from foodways practitioners. MAC recognizes the creativity and cultural significance of foodways to the history and identity of Mississippians. The program honors foodways artists who make dishes that are directly related to the soil and climate of the state, or to the ethnic and regional heritage of their families or communities. Whether you are frying fish, rolling dough, stuffing tamales or canning figs (or something in between), MAC encourages you to share your expertise by participating in the Apprenticeship program.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 177833

Estimated Size of Grant:

The Apprenticeship grant award is $2,000.

The master artist and apprentice work together to determine the budget for their project. The majority of the grant funds (80 percent or more – $1,600) should be set aside for the master artist’s teaching fee. The remaining amount can be used to purchase supplies (only expendable items, not permanent equipment) and for mileage incurred by the apprentice (this should be estimated using the State of Mississippi’s current mileage reimbursement rate.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The master artist and their potential apprentice must apply together. The master artist should be recognized within their community as an accomplished artist within a community-based traditional art form. They should be active in the art form, either performing or creating new work on a regular basis. The master artist should have developed their skills through an informal, traditional manner rather than through formalized courses.

The apprentice should not be a beginning artist. Since the apprenticeship will take place over a short period of time, the apprentice should have enough experience in the art form to benefit from the intensive, one-on-one training. For example, an apprentice blues guitarist should be able to play well enough to work on more advanced techniques during the apprenticeship.

Preference will be given to master artists and apprentices who are members of the same community or cultural group. One of the desired outcomes of the program is to support the continuation of traditional art forms within the communities where they originated. Therefore, it is important that both the master artist and the apprentice have a deep understanding of and commitment to the culture that their art form reflects.

Grant funds to organizations may not be used for the following expenditures:
-Reductions
-Indirect costs
-Contingency funds
-Activities already funded in the state’s budget (for example, an organization receiving unrestricted funds from the state of Mississippi through another agency or line item may not receive general operating support from MAC. In addition, an organization receiving funds for a partial project cannot apply to MAC for funding of the same project)
-Interest on loans, fines or litigation costs
-Food or beverages for hospitality or entertainment functions
-Projects primarily planned for fundraising purposes
-Lobbying expenses or other activities that are primarily political in nature;
-Tuition or scholarships for academic study
-Monetary awards for competitions
-College and university events that are considered a part of regular or extracurricular programs
-Purchase or long-term rentals of equipment, property or collections
-Out-of-state tours or travel to competitions
-School-sponsored trips, including transportation, admission fees, and other related travel expenses
-Capital improvements, facility construction, or renovation work (except through the BFA grant program.)
-Activities where the primary focus is for therapy
-Programs for a religious purpose, including for the promotion of any sect, church, creed, or sectarian organization, nor to conduct any religious service or ceremony. Funds can be granted to religious organizations as long as the funds are not used for a religious purpose. This allows faith-based organizations to apply on behalf of its community for arts activities or programming where artistic expression is the primary focus.
-Grants to artists for paper, computers, office supplies or postage

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline to apply is March 1. If submitting by mail, applications must be postmarked by the deadline.

Application Timeline:
-January 15: Draft Application Deadline (if submitting a draft)
-March 1, 2018: Folk Art Apprenticeship application deadline
-April 2018: Review of applications by the grant panel (the specific panel date will be available by late -March. Applicants are allowed to attend panels.)
-June 2018: MAC Board meets and makes final funding decisions on all applications
-July 2, 2018: Applicants are notified whether their application was funded or not. No information on the grants (including whether or not an applicant will be receiving an award or the amount of the award) will be available from MAC prior to this date.

FAQ:
https://arts.ms.gov/grants/frequently-asked-questions/

Contact Information:

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

Apply online through eGRANT:
https://www.grantinterface.com/Home/Logon?urlkey=missarts

Maria Zeringue
601.359.6034
mzeringue@arts.ms.gov

Mississippi Arts Commission
501 North West Street
Suite 1101A Woolfolk Building
Jackson, Mississippi 39201

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