Traditional Arts Apprenticeship
Posted: Jun 26, 2019
Indiana University Bloomington
The Traditional Arts Indiana (TAI) Apprenticeship Program supports the continuation of cultural practices in Indiana communities by funding up to six apprenticeship pairs each year, enabling apprentices to learn essential knowledge and skills in traditional art forms from master artists. TAI hosts this apprenticeship program in partnership with Indiana University’s Mathers Museum of World Cultures, the Indiana Arts Commission, and the National Endowment for the Arts.
The TAI Apprenticeship Program supports traditional cultural expressions of a community or group. Examples might be making an object, playing a tune, or practicing a dance. Nevertheless, each creative practice is rooted in a community. It is “traditional” in that it entails skills, aesthetics, and values that are transmitted over time within a family, community, religious, or occupational setting.
If selected, master artists will receive an honorarium of $3,000, with additional funds to cover the cost of apprenticeship materials and resources. Each master artist will host an apprentice formally for nine months. At the end of this period, apprenticeship pairs will showcase their traditional practices at a public event hosted at the Mathers Museum of World Cultures in Bloomington. There will be additional opportunities for master artists and apprentices to participate in future TAI events.
Master artists and apprentices must submit applications and work samples, as well as two letters of support. Recipients will be notified after the applications have been reviewed by a panel of cultural specialists.
Apply today to the TAI Apprenticeship Program! Find the application here:
PLEASE NOTE THE DEADLINE FOR APPRENTICESHIP APPLICATIONS HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO JULY 15TH, 2019 AT 11:59 PM.
To learn more and apply, visit the apprenticeship website.
Craft Research Fellowship for Mid-Career Artists
Posted: Jun 19, 2019
Center for Craft Announces Two New $20,000 Craft Research Fellowships for Mid-Career Artists
Artists seeking support to research their creative practice and create a new body of work now have two more opportunities for funding. The Center for Craft is excited to announce two $20,000 “Craft Research Fund Artist Fellowships” as the newest part of their longest-running grant program, the Craft Research Fund. These fellowships expand the definition of “research” and make funds available to mid-career artists for projects that would not otherwise be possible, culminating in an exhibition of new work at Center for Craft’s gallery in downtown Asheville, North Carolina and a presentation of their research at an upcoming symposium.
Center for Craft receives many inquiries from artists seeking funds to support their creative practice and research. Now, artists who fall outside of existing Craft Research Fund categories of Graduate, Project, and Exhibition grants have a complementary platform through which to seek funding. Mid-career artists, artisans, designers, makers, sculptors, and others who identify their practice within the field of craft are invited to submit proposals by October 1, 2019, through a process that combines both external nominations and self-nominations.
Opening two channels for nominations will ensure that applicants outside academic and traditional craft circles will be able to participate, widening the conversation around what research can look like – and who gets to conduct it. “Artists are actively expanding the definition of research,” said Cindi Strauss, a member of the Center for Craft’s Board of Directors and Sara and Bill Morgan Curator of Decorative Arts, Craft, and Design at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. “And I am pleased to see the Center for Craft continuing to demonstrate their leadership by recognizing and supporting this new direction in craft practice.”
This new fellowship evolved out of a two-day meeting on July 26-27, 2018, when nine national leaders in the fields of art, craft, and philanthropy met at Center for Craft to discuss grantmaking strategies to increase the award’s impact on the field of craft. The group contextualized and discussed definitions of “practice-based research” and considered comparative models for funding arts research and mid-career grants before finally making recommendations for the new grant program.
Applications Open: Jun 2019
Deadline: Oct 1, 2019
Notification: Dec 2019
Fellowship Period Begins: Jan 2020
Fellowship Period Ends: June 2021
Exhibition Period: Jun–Aug 2021
Symposium Presentation: July 2021
Final Report: Aug 2021
For more information, visit their website.
Scholarship for Students Interested in the Perform...
Posted: May 01, 2019
Through July 31, Westfield Playhouse is accepting applications for our student scholarship.
Each year, in accordance with their mission to create interest and participation in community theatre, Main Street Productions, Inc. provides a scholarship to a deserving applicant interested in the performing arts. Funds for the scholarship are derived from concession sales during performances, donations, and fundraising. The scholarship will be given to an individual one time only and must be used within two years of receipt. The scholarship will be directly distributed to the teacher, forum, etc. providing the performing arts experience to the applicant, not to the applicant themselves. Upon receipt of the scholarship, the applicant shall contact the scholarship committee notifying them to whom the funds should be directed. Applications will be accepted May 1st through July 31st of 2019. The committee will determine the recipient no later than August 31st 2019.
For more information including eligibility requirements and how to apply, please see their website.
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