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Traditional Arts Apprenticeship


Application Deadline: Spring 2016

Maximum Award: $4,000


The Traditional Arts Apprenticeship helps communities sustain their cultural heritage by providing an opportunity for master traditional artists to pass on their skills to a qualified apprentice or apprentices. Based on their experience and commitment to the traditional art form they practice, masters and apprentices apply to work together on a one-on-one instructional basis. Passed down from one generation to the next, traditional arts are learned informally, usually through observation and example rather, than through formal academic instruction.

Up to $3,000 is available for the master artist’s teaching fee, supplies and travel cost. The master artist and apprentice(s) submit one joint application. Preference will be given to selecting apprentices who are members of the same ethnic, religious, occupational, tribal or familial group as the master artist.

The funding cycle for this program is July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017. 



Your apprenticeship team is eligible to apply if it meets all of the following criteria:
  • Master and apprentice have both resided full-time in Maine for at least one year immediately prior to the application deadline.
  • Master and apprentice will both reside full-time in Maine throughout the apprenticeship. 
  • The master artist is recognized by their community for expertise in a particular traditional art form.
  • The apprentice demonstrates competency in the art form prior to the apprenticeship.
  • The master is 18 years of age or older at the application deadline.
  • The master is not a matriculated student enrolled in a degree or a certificate-granting program.
  • Is in compliance with final reports required for any previous Maine Arts Commission award received.



A complete application package for the Traditional Arts Apprenticeship contains:

  • Complete answers to all the narrative prompts with our online grants system.
  • Resume or bio for each applicant.
  • Up to five artistic samples. Samples may be any combination of images, audio or video (no more than 15 minutes in length). For additional information about artist samples, click here.
  • Completed vendor form with exactly the same name and contact information that is used in the application.
TheMaine Arts Commission reserves the right to use submitted materials in the non-commercial promotion of the artist and/or Maine Arts Commission programs.



The following list includes examples of eligible and ineligible expenses. Please check with Kathy Ann Shaw, Senior Director for Grants and Arts Accessibility, 207/287-2750 or if you have questions about the eligibility of any expenses associated with your project.


Eligible Expenses

Ineligible Expenses

  • Fees for master teacher
  • Fees for supplies and/or equipment
  • Travel expenses (for either master or apprentice)
  • Books and educational materials
  • Lodging and food costs




Traditional Arts Apprenticeship applications are reviewed on a competitive basis using the following criteria:

  • Artistic strength of master according to the standards of the traditional community. (25%) 
  • Role of the artist and art form in community life of traditional community. (20%) 
  • Skill and commitment of the apprentice. (25%)
  • Feasibility of work plan and likelihood of a successfull collaboration between master and apprentice. (20%)
  • Application quality. (10%)




Part A: Master Artist
  1. Describe the traditional craft, music, art, dance, or occupational skill you wish to teach. (900 characters max.)
  2. How did you learn your traditional art form? (900 characters max.)
  3. How long have you been practicing it? (900 characters max.)
  4. Why is this tradition important to your community? (900 characters max.)
  5. How long have you known your apprentice and why did you select him/her? (900 characters max.)


Part B: Apprentice
  1. Why are you interested in learning this traditional art? (900 characters max.)
  2. Describe your skill level in this traditional art. (900 characters max.)
  3. How long have you known the master artist? (900 characters max.)
  4. What skills, styles or techniques do you expect to learn? (900 characters max.)


Part C: Master and Apprentice Work Plan
  1. How often will you meet? (900 characters max.)
  2. How long will each session last? (900 characters max.)
  3. Where and when will the meetings occur? (900 characters max.)
  4. Outline what will be taught at each session. (900 characters max.)
  5. Outline the goals of the apprenticeship. (900 characters max.)



Applications will be accepted until 5 p.m. on the date of the application deadline.



Applications are submitted via the agency’s Grants Management System (GMS). Some Internet Explorer users have experienced problems during the application process. Because of this, we strongly recommend that you use the Firefox or Chrome web browser to access the GMS and submit your application. 

In order to use the GMS and create your application, you must have a user account (username and password) on the Maine Arts Commission website. This is not the same account that you have used with the previous eGRANT system.

To begin your application, click HERE and enter your Maine Arts Commission username and password. After you have logged in, select the 'Read More' link at the bottom of the funding opportunity you are interested in and follow the prompts to enter your application information. Be sure to click the ‘Save and Next’ button before moving on to the next part of the application.
There’s no charge to set one up and it only takes a few minutes. At the login screen, click ‘New User?’ in the lower right corner and then key in the information as indicated. Click HERE to reach the login screen.
If you know your username but have forgotten your password, click the ‘Forgot Password’ link at the bottom middle of the login screen. Click HERE to reach the login screen.
Help with various topics is available HERE. 


The sidebar menu on this page contains helpful information about the application process and guidance for writing your application. You are welcome to contact agency staff and discuss your ideas at any time prior to the application deadline. You may also request an informal consultation about your completed application narrative two weeks or more prior to the application deadline.

GENERAL QUESTIONS—Questions about the application or review process can be directed to Kathy Ann Shaw, Senior Director for Grants and Arts Accessibility, at 207-287-2750 or

SPECIFIC QUESTIONS—Please direct specific questions about your Traditional Arts Apprenticeship application to Kathleen Mundell, Creative Aging and Traditional Arts Director, at 207-287-6746 or


Grant information is available in large print format by request.

All Maine Arts Commission programs are accessible to people with special needs.