Support for master-apprentice learning relationships are the bread and butter of cultural transmission. At least 20 states have ongoing master-apprentice award programs; Arizona was not one of them until we launched our annual award in 2015.
NOW accepting applications for the 2017 Master-Apprentice Awards (Due May 1, 2017).
Press release: For Immediate Release.Master-Apprentice Award 2017
Download the guidelines: SFA Master-Apprentice Award 2017 Guidelines
Learn about the 2016 & 2015 Master-Apprentice Awardees here.
The SFA Master-Apprentice Award seeks to support and encourage the preservation and perpetuation of traditional art forms present and thriving in Arizona. With the goal of strengthening the transmission of community-based traditions in the region, it fosters and supports the critical teaching/learning relationship between traditional artists and their apprentices.
The award supports a master artist or tradition bearer who has identified a qualified apprentice (or group of apprentices) to engage in a teaching-learning relationship that includes one-on-one mentorship and hands-on experience in a traditional artistic practice. Our highest priority is to support apprentices to learn from master artists within their own cultural traditions. Funds can be used to help cover artist fees, offset costs of raw materials, and support any travel essential to the exchange.
Applicants include a wide variety of traditional artists, including but not limited to:
Artisans: weavers, basket makers, jewelers, mask makers
Occupational folklife practitioners: adobe brick makers, leather workers, iron workers
Oral tradition practitioners: storytellers, musicians, poets
Performing arts practitioners: dancers, traditional garment makers, ritual object makers
Artists are selected by a panel and awarded for their knowledge, dedication, and commitment to passing on living traditions from our region and beyond. Support for the program comes from the National Endowment for the Arts’ State Arts Partnership Grant, the Surdna Foundation, and local donors.