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2019 Master-Apprentice Award Program

Grants to Arizona Master Artists and Apprentices
for Training in Traditional Art Forms

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Southwest Folklife Alliance (SFA)

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Grants of $2,500 to Arizona master artists and grants of $500 to apprentices for training in traditional and folk art forms. The award will support a master artist or other bearer of cultural traditions to work with a qualified apprentice (or group of apprentices) to preserve and perpetuate traditional art forms.

The SFA Master-Apprentice Award seeks to support and encourage the preservation and perpetuation of traditional art forms present and thriving in Arizona. With the goal of strengthening the transmission of community-based traditions in the region, it fosters and supports the critical teaching and learning relationship between traditional artists and their apprentices.

The award supports a master artist or tradition bearer who has identified a qualified apprentice (or group of apprentices) to engage in a teaching-learning relationship that includes one-on-one mentorship and hands-on experience in a traditional artistic practice. The highest priority is to support apprentices to learn from master artists within their own cultural traditions. Funds can be used to help cover artist fees, offset costs of raw materials, and support any travel essential to the exchange.

Applicants include a wide variety of traditional artists, including but not limited to:
- Artisans: weavers, basket makers, jewelers, mask makers
- Occupational folklife practitioners: adobe brick makers, leather workers, ironworkers
- Oral tradition practitioners: storytellers, musicians, poets
- Performing arts practitioners: dancers, traditional garment makers, ritual object makers

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 171112

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Number of Grants:

In 2019, SFA will make ten awards to artists and ten awards to apprentices.

Estimated Size of Grant:

$2,500 awards to artists
$500 awards to apprentices

Term of Contract:

The funds will support a 'one-year long' teaching-learning relationship, between July 31, 2019 and June 30, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicant nominees must be:
- United States citizens, lawful permanent residents, or have permission from the U.S. Department of Immigration to work in the United States
- Full-time residents of Arizona for a minimum of one full year
- Residents of Arizona for the duration of the award year

Master Artists must be at least 18 years of age and apprentices must be at least 16 years of age.

Pre-Application Information:

Program Timeline:
June 1, 2019 - Nomination Deadline
June 15, 2019 - Application Notification
July 31, 2019 - Application Deadline
Sept. 15, 2019 - Award Notification
June 30, 2020 - Award Program period ends
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Artists are first nominated by peers within their community, cultural institutions, apprentices, or by self-nomination. Once a nomination has been made, SFA will invite nominees to apply.

Contact Information:

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

Guidelines and nomination form:

For questions and concerns please contact Nelda Ruiz, Program Coordinator at 520-621-4046.

Maribel Alvarez, Executive Program Director
Phone: (520) 621-4046

Southwest Folklife Alliance
PO Box 42044
Tucson AZ 85733

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Arizona