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Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Grant

Grants to South Dakota Master Artists to Teach
Traditional or Folk Arts to Qualified Apprentices

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South Dakota Arts Council (SDAC)

Deadline Date:

03/01/19 11:59 PM CST Online Submission or Postmarked or Hand-Delivered by 5:00 PM


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Grants of up to $4,000 to South Dakota master artists to train apprentice artists in the folk and traditional art forms. Funding is intended to support the continuation of the state’s traditional cultures and art forms by supporting master artists in teaching qualified apprentices. Each apprenticeship arrangement will include a master artist and one to three apprentices. Prospective master and apprentice artists must apply together.

This funding category is designed to:
- Recognize the achievements of South Dakota traditional artists.
- Provide support for traditional artists in passing on their skills and knowledge to committed apprentices.
- Strengthen the commitment of South Dakota traditional artists to their long-term work.

Examples of eligible art forms include, but are not limited to, cowboy saddlemaking, Native American and European style quilting, rawhide and buckskin work, quill work, traditional music and dance such as Czechoslovakian accordion music or pow wow songs and dances, basket weaving, wood carving, rug braiding, lace making and other needlework.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 178496

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant amounts up to $4,000 will be awarded.

Term of Contract:

All work presented in the grant application, narrative, and included in the projected budget expenses must take place within the defined grant period (July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020).

Most apprenticeships in this program probably will include between 100 and 120 hours of guidance over a period of six to 12 months. However, we recognize that each art varies and expect the lengths of proposed apprenticeships to differ.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The apprentice applicant must be a resident of South Dakota for at least one year prior to the designated grant period (fiscal year July 1 – June 30) and remain a resident throughout the project period within the designated grant period. The master artist may be a South Dakota resident or reside in a nearby state.

Artists may apply for only one of the following grants per fiscal year: Artist Fellowship, Artist Project Grant, Artist Collaboration Grant, or Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Grant.

Not Funded:
- Funding will not be granted for academic research or formal study toward an academic or professional degree.
- Students pursuing graduate or undergraduate degrees are not eligible.
- Arrangements with more than three apprentices are not eligible. Apprenticeship Grants are not intended to support large classes, but rather, intensive individual teaching and learning experiences.
- South Dakota Arts Council board members, staff, and grant review panelists are not eligible to apply for Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Grants.
- Examples of art forms that are not eligible under this program include the work of professional teachers or contemporary studio craft workers, re-creations of antiques or past traditions like mountain man crafts, or contemporary interpretations of traditional art forms (for instance, a theatre artist who wants to create a performance based on traditional storytelling or dance).

Pre-Application Information:

Draft review deadline closes at 11:59 PM CST, Feb. 10, 2019.
SDAC staff members offer a draft review prior to final grant submission deadlines to help applicants improve their applications by checking for mistakes or omissions that might cause ineligibility. Staff will review the grant narrative, budget section, and support materials for compliance and consistency. Draft reviews do not provide grammatical editing or rewriting services. SDAC staff will provide feedback to the applicant in time to make corrections ahead of the submission deadline.

Applications can be submitted by mail or online.

By mail: All materials must be postmarked by March 1, 2019. Late
applications will not be accepted. Please keep in mind that many post offices will not postmark after 5 p.m. Contact your postmaster if you have any questions. Applications may be delivered in person to the South Dakota Arts Council office no later than 5 p.m. on March 1.

Grant awards will be announced in May for the fiscal year starting the following July.

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Contact Information:

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

Apply Online:

Kathryn Vandel

Josh Chrysler, Folk Arts Consultant

South Dakota Arts Council
711 E. Wells Ave.
Pierre, SD 57501

P: 800-952-3625
F: 605-773-5977

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USA: South Dakota