Traditional Arts Apprenticeship
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Application Deadline: Spring, 2018

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.

THE TRADITIONAL ARTS APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM

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.

ELIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

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.

APPLICATION PACKAGE REQUIREMENTS

Please log into our Grants Management System. Your account is free and you can browse grant guidelines and requirements for all programs without applying. Your account also gives you the ability to add your entry to our Artists and Organizations Directory and to post press releases and events to this site's news and calendar sections.

ASSISTANCE 

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.

 Kathy Ann Shaw, Senior Director for Grants and Arts Accessibility at 207-287-2750 or vog.eniam@wahs.yhtak.

 Kathleen Mundell, Traditional Arts Specialist at 207-236-6741 or moc.oohay@1002secruoserlarutluc

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.

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Need More Help?

For General Questions:
Senior Grants Director & Accessibility
Kathy Ann Shaw: 287-2750
Help by Discipline:

Performing & Media Arts Director
Kerstin Gilg: 287-6719

Visual Arts Director
Julie Horn: 287-2790

Arts Education Director
Argy Nestor: 287-2713

Traditional Arts Specialist
Kathleen Mundell: 236-6741

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