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Grants to Arizona Master Artists and Apprentices
to Foster the Continuity of Traditional Art Forms

Master-Apprentice Artist Award Program

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Funding Source:

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Southwest Folklife Alliance (SFA)

Deadline Date:

06/30/22 2:00 PM AZ Time

Description:

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Awards to Arizona artists and apprentices to assist in the preservation and maintenance of cultural practices. Eligible uses of funding include travel, materials, and general support of the master artist. Funding is intended to support experienced artists and other experts of cultural traditions to train apprentices in traditional and folk art forms.

SFA Master-Apprentice Award program aims to support those art forms that orient primarily to the transmission and preservation of traditional, heritage-based practices learned informally and most importantly, that are embedded and are reflective of a group/community’s identity and cultural expression repertoire.

The Southwest Folklife Alliance (SFA) Master-Apprentice Artist Award provides direct support for master traditional artists living in Arizona to pass on art, culture, and heritage practices to apprentice learners. The goal of this award is to strengthen the transmission of community-based traditions throughout the Southwestern United States. The Master-Apprentice Artist supports a master artist or tradition bearer to work with a qualified apprentice (or group of apprentices) to engage in a teaching-learning relationship that includes one-on-one mentorship and hands-on experience. 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 artists, including those working in traditions including, but not limited to:

  • Handcrafts: weavers; basket makers; jewelers; makers of masks, ritual objects, textiles
  • Occupational folklife: adobe makers, leather workers, ironworkers, foodways workers
  • Oral traditions: storytellers, poets
  • Performing arts: dancers, vocalists, musicians

Preference is given to artforms or cultural communities not currently being supported by SFA.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 171112

Estimated Size of Grant:

Traditional artists & culture bearers receive a $5,000; apprentices receive $500.

Term of Contract:

One year

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- Applicants (master artists and apprentices) must reside in Arizona.
- Applicants 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, and at least 18 years of age. Recipients must remain residents of Arizona for the duration of the grant year.
- Practitioners are generally part of the same cultural community, with a focus on informally taught traditions rather than formal instruction or institutional education.

Pre-Application Information:

Program Timeline:
- DEADLINE to nominate: EXTENDED to June 30, 2022, 2 pm, AZ Time
- July 15, 2022: Notification Invitation to Full Application
- September 21, 2022: Application Deadline
- November 15, 2022: Award Notification
- December 15, 2022: Award disbursement
- TBA-SFA staff site visit

Artists are first nominated by peers within their community, cultural institutions, apprentices, or by self-nomination. SFA then invite nominees to apply based on their mastery of artform, their ability to describe how that form has been recognized by their cultural community, and their ability to share traditional knowledge.

Guidelines: https://southwestfolklife.submittable.com/submit/221234/2022-master-apprentice-award-nomination-form

Contact Information:

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

Online Nomination Form: https://southwestfolklife.submittable.com/signup?returnUrl=%2fsubmit%2f221234%2f2022-master-apprentice-award-nomination-form

For questions and concerns please contact:
Nelda Ruiz, Program Coordinator
520-621-4046
nruiz33@arizona.edu

Southwest Folklife Alliance
PO Box 42044
Tucson AZ 85733
swfolklife@gmail.com

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Arizona

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