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Traditional Arts Apprenticeship


Application Deadline: May 4, 2017

Maximum Award: $3,000

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.

No funding match is required.

This funding cycle for this program is July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018.



Based on their experience and commitment to the traditional art form they practice, masters and apprentices apply to work together in a one-on-one instructional setting. 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.



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.
  • The master is in compliance with final reports required for any previous Maine Arts Commission award received.



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. (20%) 
  • Role of the artist and art form in community life and significance of tradition. (20%) 
  • Skill and commitment of the apprentice. (20%)
  • Feasibility of work plan and likelihood of a successfull collaboration between master and apprentice. (20%)
  • Potential impact of apprenticeship on continued vitality of the traditional art (20%)



Part A: Master Artist
  1. Name of the Master Artist (100 characters max.)
  2. Describe the traditional craft, music, art, dance, or occupational skill you wish to teach. (3,450 characters max.)
  3. How did you learn your traditional art form? (2,300 characters max.)
  4. How long have you been practicing it? (1,150 characters max.)
  5. How long have you known your apprentice and why did you select him/her? (1,150 characters max.)
  6. Why is this tradition important to your community? (2,300 characters max.)


Part B: Apprentice
  1. Name of the Apprentice(s) (100 characters max.)
  2. Why are you interested in learning this traditional art? (900 characters max.)
  3. Describe your skill level in this traditional art. (900 characters max.)
  4. How long have you known the master artist? (900 characters max.)
  5. What skills, styles or techniques do you expect to learn? (900 characters max.)
  6. Why is this tradition important to your community? (2,300 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 the goals of the apprenticeship. (2,300 characters max.)
  5. Outline what will be taught at each session. (1,150 characters max.)
  6. Outline program expenses. Be specific. See below for allowable costs. (1,150 characters max.)



The Traditional Arts Apprenticeship grant may be used for fees for the master teacher, supplies and/or equipment, travel expenses (for master or apprentice), books and educational materials. The grant may not fund lodging and food costs. 


A complete application package for the Traditional Arts Apprenticeship contains:


  • Completed answers to the narrative prompts in all three sections
  • Up to five artistic samples. Samples may be any combination of images, audio or video (no more than 15 minutes  in length).
  • Up to three letters of support addressing the qualifications of the master and apprentice and the apprenticeship's impact on the community.

You must submit artistic samples for both the master artist and apprentice(s).

For additional information about artist samples, click here.

Maine Arts Commission reserves the right to use submitted materials in the non-commercial promotion of the artist and/or Maine Arts Commission programs.


Completed State of Maine Vendor Form with exactly the same name and contact information for the master artist as used in your 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.




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 or 207-287-2750

SPECIFIC QUESTIONS—Please direct specific questions about your Traditional Arts Apprenticeship application to Kathleen Mundell, Traditional Arts Specialist at 207-236-6741. 


Grant information is available in large print format by request. All Maine Arts Commission programs are accessible to people with disabilities. All programs funded by the Maine Arts Commission must also be accessible.