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Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Grant

Grants to New Hampshire Artist Teams for
Apprenticeships in Traditional Art Forms

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New Hampshire State Council on the Arts (NHSCA)

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Deadline Date:

07/12/19 Postmarked or Delivered by Close of Business; Electronic receipt by 11:59 PM.


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Grants of up to $3,400 to New Hampshire teams of master and apprentice artists to teach, learn, and preserve traditional art forms. Funding is intended to help communities preserve art forms such as crafts, dance, and music so that future generations can continue to enjoy their cultural heritage. Priority is given to first-time applicants and art forms that are in danger of disappearing.

Grant funds help cover master artist fees for teaching, funds for supplies, and travel essential to the apprenticeship. The master artist and apprentice team develop a plan for what they would like to learn together during the Apprenticeship that includes meeting for a minimum of 65 hours over a six to ten month period, and offering a community presentation within six months of the completion of the Apprenticeship grant.

Eligible project expenses:
- Master artist fees for teaching, supplies, and travel essential to the Apprenticeship.
- Apprentice supplies and travel costs essential to the Apprenticeship. (The grant does not cover fees for the apprentice’s time.)
- Fees associated with sharing a community presentation

Each master and apprentice team is required to give a community presentation that shares the art form and skills that have been refined throughout the apprenticeship. This can be a local library, school, fair, gallery, or community event. Apprenticeship teams may work with the Heritage and Traditional Arts Coordinator to develop a plan for presenting at an appropriate venue for their art form.

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GrantWatch ID#: 179332

Estimated Size of Grant:

A master artist and apprentice team may apply for a combined total of up to $3,400 per year. Within that amount, the maximum request for the master artist is $2,400 and the maximum request for the apprentice is $1,000.

Term of Contract:

The grant period is November 1, 2019 - September 30, 2020. Apprenticeships may take place over a period of six to ten months.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Traditional artists representing any cultural or ethnic tradition that can demonstrate there is a community context for the tradition within New Hampshire may apply for a Traditional Arts Apprenticeship grant. Individuals interested in applying for this grant identify each other and apply together as a team. In some cases, the Heritage and Traditional Arts Coordinator can provide contact information for artists working in a particular traditional art form, but it is up to individuals interested in this grant to contact each other.

The master artist should:
- Be recognized by their community as an established and mature practitioner of the traditional art form.
- Demonstrate artistic excellence through supporting materials. There is no certification required to be considered a master artist.
- Be able to express in the application a sincere interest and commitment to teaching the tradition to the proposed apprentice.

The apprentice should:
- Demonstrate relatable experience and competency in the artistic tradition he or she wants to study.
- Be able to express in the application a sincere interest and commitment to sharing with others the knowledge learned after the completion of the Apprenticeship.
- Be at least 12 years old and have parental approval to apply if younger than 18.

Residency requirements and border state apprenticeships: The State Council on the Arts recognizes that traditional art forms are often preserved regionally. Therefore, only one member of the apprenticeship team (master or apprentice) is required to be a resident of the state of New Hampshire; the other member of the team may be a resident of one of our border states: Vermont, Maine, or Massachusetts.

Each individual applicant, regardless of whether he or she is applying as a master artist or an apprentice, may submit only one application per year.

This grant does not support:
- Traditional occupations such as fishing, farming, or logging, unless they include the making of crafts associated with the occupation such as fishnets, boat building, harness making, ox yoke making or wood carving.
- Contemporary fine arts and crafts, such as oil-painting, screen printing, etching, glass blowing, sculpture and ceramics.
- Contemporary fine arts and crafts, such as oil-painting, screen printing, etching, glass blowing, sculpture and ceramics.
- Theater arts such as opera, playwriting, or acting.
- Healing arts such as herbal medicine, therapeutic massage, or acupuncture.
- Decorative body arts such as tattoo or body painting.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Applicants are strongly encouraged to attend one of the State Arts Council’s grant information sessions.

Each year, the NH State Council on the Arts offers grant information workshops. These sessions are designed for both new and former applicants.

NHSCA staff will present an overview of the State Arts Council's programs and the latest information on grants, including changes to the State Arts Council's grant guidelines and the services offered by the NH State Council on the Arts.

Currently scheduled workshops:
- Monday, March 4, 2019, 1:00-2:00 PM, The Currier Museum, 150 Ash Street, Manchester
- Tuesday, March 5, 2019, 11:30 AM-12:30 PM, The Library Arts Center, 58 North Main Street, Newport

Please click here for the workshop schedule and registration links:

Pre-Application Information:

The application deadline for this program is 11:59 PM Friday July 12, 2019.

Applications must be completed online or postmarked/delivered to the NH State Council on the Arts office before close of business on July 12, 2019. Office hours are Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM. While paper applications will be allowed, applicants are encouraged to use the online system.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to discuss their proposals with the grant coordinator before writing and submitting applications.

Drafts of narrative questions and budgets may be reviewed if submitted by email at least two weeks in advance of the application deadline. First time applicants are especially encouraged to submit drafts. When emailing a draft, please clearly indicate Draft for Review in bold type on the submission.

A master artist and apprentice team should submit one application. If language or disabilities present barriers to understanding or filling out the form, the applicant may ask for assistance as needed. State Council on the Arts staff is available to provide technical assistance prior to application deadlines.

Award notification may take up to 10 weeks after the application deadline.

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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:

Kayla Schweitzer, Heritage and Traditional Arts Coordinator
(603) 271-0795

For questions about the online application system at Submittable, please contact:
855-467-8264, ext 2

New Hampshire State Council on the Arts
Van McLeod Building
19 Pillsbury Street, 1st Floor
Concord, New Hampshire 03301

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