Folk Arts Apprenticeships

Deadline - September 1

These are grants to individuals for teaching the traditional folk arts of Alabama.

This program is designed to preserve and pass on Alabama’s traditional arts, such as: Sacred Harp singing, old-time fiddling, blues, folk pottery, oak basketry, willow furniture making, pine straw basketry and quilting.

The grants can go to master artists to teach their traditional skills to students, or an apprentice can apply to work with a particular master artist.

There is one deadline on September 1st of each year. Applications must arrive in the office by the deadline. (This is not a postmark deadline).

Applications cannot be submitted online or electronically, although a form is available online, which can be printed out and mailed in. Both the master and the apprentices must fill out and sign their sections and mail them in as a complete application. (Up to five apprentices may be included with one master artist).

Requests can range from $1,000 - $3,000.

The project period would be January 1st through September 30th.

Samples of the master artist’s work are required and are extremely important in evaluating the applications. Continuing students must submit samples of their work also. Please include high quality photos, DVDs or CDs with the application.

Due to the high number of applicants and the need to bring new artists into the program, artists who have received three consecutive years of funding must wait two years before reapplying.

It is recommended that, prior to application, you contact Anne Kimzey at 334¬242-4076, ext.236 or anne.kimzey@arts.alabama.gov