Native Arts and Cultures Foundation calls for Regional Mentor Artist Fellowship Applications

2017 Mentor Artist Fellow Dyani White Hawk (Sicangu Lakota) and Apprentice Jennie Kappenman

In the last few months we’ve lost two weavers… I’m feeling a real compulsion to teach somebody.

For a second consecutive year, the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation has issued a call for applications for its Mentor Artist Fellowships. The fellowship is a regional artist award focused in the Pacific Northwest, Southwest and Upper Midwest areas of the United States. The Mentor Artist Fellowship is open to established American Indian and Alaska Native artists with at least ten years of experience who want to mentor an emerging American Indian or Alaska Native artist apprentice for a one-year period in either the Traditional Arts or Contemporary Visual Arts fields.

Eligible applicants must be at least a five-year resident of, and enrolled in an American Indian tribe or Alaska Native corporation located in, Alaska, Arizona, Minnesota, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Southern California (Imperial, Kern, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties), Washington or Wisconsin.

The Mentor Artist Fellowship is a monetary award of $30,000 — $20,000 to the mentor, $5,000 for the joint art project and $5,000 for the apprentice’s participation expenses. The mentoring period is July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019. To demonstrate the experience and success of the mentoring, a completed joint mentor/apprentice art project is required at the Fellowship’s end. Fellowship awards will be announced Spring 2018.

An interested American Indian or Alaska Native artist apprentice may not apply; however, he/she may ask an accomplished American Indian or Alaska Native mentor artist to apply or assist that mentor artist in applying.

Native artists may find the application at http://www.nativeartsandcultures.org/programs/funding-opportunities. The open call closes 5 p.m. Pacific Time on Monday, November 6, 2017.

First year Mentor Artist Fellow Lani Hotch (Chilkat Indian Village) said of receiving her award, “I’ve tried to work with groups of weavers, and I’m excited to work one on one with somebody so they know all the steps. In the last few…

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