Maine Craft Apprentice Program: Call for Applicants

  • November 07, 2018

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The Maine Arts Commission, in partnership with the Maine Crafts Association, offers a statewide apprentice program for contemporary craft practitioners.

The Maine Craft Apprentice Program (MaineCAP) provides an educational opportunity for apprentices who demonstrate a commitment to further their abilities as specialized craft practitioners; they accomplish this through a significant relationship with a master artist. It addresses the need in Maine for developing sustainability and resiliency in the craft sector by allowing craft artists to acquire new skills, tools and management habits that help them adapt to the changing environment of craft consumers. The program lasts for seven months, March through September. Applicants apply jointly, providing clear, agreed upon goals, a basic plan for how goals will be achieved, and a proposed budget for the apprentice’s honorarium. Both must also submit resumes and images of current work.

 Significant dates for the program are:


12/7 Application deadline

12/11 - 12/31 Jurors review all applications


1/2 -Notifications sent to all applicants  Finalists contacted to schedule interviews for January 16th

1/16 - Finalists interviewed in person by jurors

1/17 - Snow date for interviews

1/25 -  2019 CAP participants are announced

3/1 - Apprenticeships begin

9/30 - Apprenticeships end


Have questions or need assistance? The Maine Crafts Association will offers a CAP info session on October 23, 2018 3pm @ Maine Craft Portland, 521 Congress Street, Portland. This session will provide program and application information and also serve as a meeting place for perspective masters and apprentices.

Additionally, the MCA will meet in person or by phone with applicants to discuss their application and offer advice.

Contact Sadie Bliss at the Maine Crafts Association:



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Sadie Bliss

PO Box 342
Gardiner  ME  04345