(Fremont County, WY) – The Wyoming Arts Council welcomes new applications for Fiscal Year 2023 Folk & Traditional Arts Mentoring Project Grants. The deadline to apply is May 1st. The application is available online or contact the Arts Council to be sent a paper copy.
Folk Art Mentoring Project Grants are designed to assist masters of folk and traditional arts in passing on their knowledge to eager apprentices from their community through the natural process of in-person, hands-on instruction. A master artist mentors their apprentice over time to advance the skills of the apprentice in their traditional art form.
Projects must take place between July 1, 2022 and June 30, 2023 for no less than six months. The grant amount is $3,000 ($2,300 for the master artist honorarium and $700 for materials and/or travel). Applications will be reviewed by a panel and up to four projects will be selected for funding. Applications are made jointly between master and apprentice.
To give applicants an idea of what kind of projects are funded, art forms that have been supported in recent Folk Art Mentoring Project Grants include: Bit and Spur Making, Blacksmithing, Bladesmithing, Eagle Feather Fan Making, Lazy-stitch Style Beadwork, Leather Carving, Mariachi Music, and Western Saddlemaking.