ND Council on the Arts Folk and Traditional Arts Apprenticeship
A notice of Intent to Apply is due by April 15. This will assist NDCA in budgeting program funds, schedule workloads and review panels. NDCA needs the applicant’s name, mailing address, city, state, zip, daytime telephone number, e-mail address, and the art form for which you are planning to apply. E-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, or phone (701) 866-0959.
Application Deadline: May 15 (for project period: July 1 – April 30)
Maximum Grant: $3,000
The Folk and Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program is designed to honor and encourage the preservation of North Dakota’s diverse living traditions by providing grants that allow master traditional artists to pass their skills and knowledge to apprentices on a one-to-one basis over an extended period of time.
Traditional and folk arts are shared expressions of identity within a family, community, region, tribe, ethnic group, occupation, or religion. Forms of traditional expression include craft, technical skill, music, dance, and ritual celebration which are usually passed from one individual to another informally, by word of mouth or by example.
The grant awards are to be used for a master artist’s instruction fee and the cost of supplies and travel for the apprentice. The length of each apprenticeship will vary according to the proposed work plan, but most apprenticeships last between four and eight months.
Who May Apply? Applicants are encouraged to work with people they already know within their own tribal, ethnic, or occupational group, or neighborhood.
Highest priority will be given for:
A person with some experience or knowledge of blacksmithing, saddle making, copper bas relief work, or weaving might want to learn new or decorative techniques by working under a respected master artist. Other applicants might want to refine skills in ethnic fiddling, button accordion playing, or dance, or refine skills in Native American basketry, quillwork, hide tanning, or storytelling.
Apprenticeship grants may also be applied to informal apprenticeships already under way, if such support will foster their continuation. If your needs for apprenticeship funds do not conform with this general framework, please contact NDCA at (701) 328-7590 or email@example.com.
Applications for apprenticeship awards will be reviewed by a panel and be approved by the NDCA board. Funding is contingent on availability of federal funds.
Within 30 days after completion of an apprenticeship and based on the submitted work plan schedule, the master artist and apprentice must complete and submit an online Final Report form indicating their thoughts on the experience. Participants will be required to give a presentation at an exhibit, festival, school, community center, celebration, or other appropriate public venue.
For more information, contact Troyd Geist at (701) 328-7590 or firstname.lastname@example.org.