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The Utah Division of Arts & Museums Offers Opportunities for Folk Artists – 7 Oct 2015

SALT LAKE CITY— The Utah Division of Arts & Museums announces two opportunities for folk artists: Folk Arts Apprenticeships and Folk Arts Preservation Scholarships, made possible through one-time support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Folk Arts apprenticeships enable qualified individuals to study with traditional master artists of Utah’s ethnic, Native, rural, and occupational communities who demonstrate a commitment to passing on cultural knowledge. Scholarships assist these accomplished mentors in sharing their skills with chosen apprentices of the same cultural community. Up to $2,500 in one-time funding is available. The deadline for application submission is Nov. 30, 2015 or Feb. 29, 2016.

Folk Arts Preservation Scholarships are intended to help individual artists, organizations, and cultural communities in the development, documentation, and presentation of their traditional art forms through the completion of a project. No cash match is required but substantive description of community support and in-kind contributions must be submitted with the application. Up to $500 in one-time funding is available. There is a rolling deadline for submission until May 2, 2016. Applications will be reviewed quarterly.

“The Utah Division of Arts & Museum Folk Arts Program is thrilled to be able to restore these funded opportunities for artists and communities to preserve, present, and document their traditions and art forms” said folk arts specialist Adrienne Decker. “Sharing these traditions enriches the lives of Utahns throughout the state and across cultures.”

Because this category is broad and evolving, you are strongly encouraged to speak with the Folk Arts Specialist before applying. Considering art “folk” or “traditional,” requires that skills, knowledge, and creative criteria are passed between members of a shared community, typically by recognized tradition bearers to younger generations. To determine whether your project qualifies or receive technical assistance with these applications, please visit uamgrants.utah.gov or contact Adrienne Decker, Folk Arts Specialist (adriennedecker@utah.gov801.245.7286) or Laurel Cannon Alder, Grants Manager (lalder@utah.gov801.236.7550)