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Master Artist and Apprentice Grant (MAA) in Traditional Native Arts

Grants to Alaska Artists for Apprenticeships
in Alaska Native Traditional Art Forms

Agency Type:

State

Funding Source:

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Alaska State Council on the Arts (ASCA)

Deadline Date:

03/01/19

Description:

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Grants of up to $2,000 to Alaska apprentice artists to support apprenticeships with master artists in traditional art forms. This program encourages and supports the perpetuation and preservation of traditional art forms in Alaska Native culture. The apprentice artist may request funding in support of serious study with a recognized Master Artist in any traditional Alaska Native art form.

Grant funds may be used for Master Artist fees, to partially offset the costs of raw materials to be used in the project, and to cover travel costs essential to the apprenticeship. The apprentice does not receive payment for their work. Local in-town travel will not be funded. All expenditures for travel or materials must be supported with receipts in the final report.

The Council places the highest priority on apprenticeships in which an apprentice will be studying within his/her own cultural traditions, and the major part of the budget is assigned for the Master Artist's fee.

It is the position of the Council that learning within the immediate family should occur without the assistance of State Arts Council funding. A Master Artist and Apprentice grant may be awarded if the master artist is a member of the apprentice's immediate family, only if the skill and understanding of the art form or technology is traditionally transferred to subsequent generations within a family or if the art form or technology is endangered. "Member of the apprentice's immediate family" means a person who is a spouse, sibling or blood relation up to and including the second degree of kinship (parents, grandparents, children and grandchildren, and a regular household member).

Review Criteria:

Apprentice's quality of work demonstrated by artistic support material, resume and/or biography detailing their background in the art form to be studied, two letters of recommendation.

Master Artist's quality of work demonstrated by artistic support material, resume and/or biography and articles detailing background in art form to be taught, two letters of recommendation/recognition of Master Artist status/skills.

Lesson plan which clearly describes the project, reflects the apprentice's experience, lists the series of skills to be learned, illustrates how the apprentice will improve his/her skills and, demonstrates feasibility based on scheduled hours.

A complete and feasible budget itemizing materials to be used, the Master Artist's fee, and any associated costs.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 180847

Estimated Size of Grant:

An Apprentice may request a grant in any amount. However, grant amounts do not usually exceed $2,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Apprentice must:
-Be 18 years or older and comply with AS 01.10.055 state residency requirements on and after the date the application is submitted
-Have identified a Master Artist willing to accept you as an apprentice
-Demonstrate experience in the art form in which you are applying
-Not be enrolled as a full-time student during the period of the grant

Master must:
-Be 18 years or older and comply with AS 01.10.055 state residency requirements on and after the date the application is submitted
-Agree to accept the applicant as an apprentice
-Only act as a Master instructor one time per state fiscal year
-Provide support of expertise in the art-form in which the apprentice has applied
-Provide recognition by cultural community members of your proficiency and skill in the Native art form in which the apprentice has applied

Grant funds may not be used for the purchase of tools or equipment, academic scholarships or tuition assistance or for high school or college level credit.

Pre-Application Information:

Deadlines:
-June 1
-September 1
-December 1
-March 1

Additional Guidelines:
https://alaska.gosmart.org/page.php?id=16

Contact Information:

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

Apply Online:
https://alaska.gosmart.org/login.php

Saunders McNeill
907-269-6603
saunders.mcneill@alaska.gov

Alaska State Council on the Arts
161 Klevin Street, Suite 102
Anchorage, AK 99508 - 1506

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alaska