Grants & Programs
New England Master Apprenticeship Grant
The Master Apprenticeship supports mentoring relationships between master artists and apprentices. These grants of up to $5,000 will pair an experienced master artist with an apprentice for up to one year, establishing a learning experience that helps to ensure the continued vitality of Native artists in New England.
Native American artist applicants must:
- Be Native American, Alaska Native, or Native Hawaiian.
- Reside in one of the six New England states.
- Be a master artist or an apprentice in the proposed project.
(A master artist exemplifies artistic quality and craftsmanship in his/her medium, with ten or more documented years of experience making and teaching his/her art. An apprentice is an experienced artist currently working in a medium, looking to enhance his/her skills, and works by pairing and mentoring with a more experienced "master" artist.)
- Contact NEFA staff prior to applying.
- Complete the project within one year of receiving funding.
- Be able to fulfill the grantee requirements if funded.
This application process is competitive. Awards will be based on submission of a thorough application according to the following priorities:
- Both the master and apprentice demonstrate artistic skill, accomplishment, and experience in the proposed art form, medium, or media, shown through the submitted artist statement, resume, and work samples.
- Skill and commitment of the apprentice. (Does the apprentice have the skill to benefit from working with the master? Is the apprentice dedicated to continuing and disseminating the art form?)
- Appropriateness of match between master and apprentice. (Are the individuals well-matched for successful transference of the art form?)
- The proposed project addresses an identified need or benefit for the artist(s).
- Potential impact of the apprenticeship on the continued vitality of the tradition, art form, or contemporary work.
- Feasibility of work plan. (Does the plan provide sufficient and well thought-out interaction to achieve meaningful results?)
- The project aligns with the overall purpose of NEFA's Native Arts program - to support Native artists creating traditional and contemporary art.
- Commitment to preserving and encouraging art and artmaking in New England communities.
Deadlines are the first Monday in October and third Monday in March. Upcoming deadlines and project periods are:
- October 1, 2012: For project period November 1, 2012 - October 31, 2013.
- March 18, 2013: For project period May 1, 2013 - April 30, 2014.
Grant REQUESTs & Instructions
How to Apply
- Contact NEFA staff.
- Complete the Native Arts New England application requirements with the following changes:
- Project Narrative: The application should describe the proposed apprenticeship and identify both the master and the apprentice artists.
- Supporting Materials: Submit supporting materials for both the master and the apprentice.
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Dawn Spears (Narragansett/Choctaw) | Program Manager, Native Arts
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Summer Confuorto (Gros Ventre/Mi’kmaq) | Program Associate
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