Cultivating Nordic Traditions: Teaching Tools 2019 Grant
This grant provides a one-time award of up to $1,000 to an emerging craft instructor for a purchase of tools and equipment that will expand their teaching capacity. This grant aims to support the preservation and cultivation of traditional Nordic crafts by investing in the next generation of craft practitioners and instructors. ASI believes that investing in individual instructors is an important way to preserve Nordic craft traditions, because it allows instructors to gain experience and share traditional knowledge while teaching widely across many institutions.
The strongest applicants will have several years of teaching experience, will address the viability of creating a long term and potentially varied teaching curriculum with such teaching tools, will enable the instructor to teach a full size class (usually 6-15 students), and will demonstrate teaching relationships with several institutions. Applicants are encouraged to creatively consider how to supplement their current available tools or tools provided by other institutions (e.g. instructors may already have access to tools for three students, but need enough tools for ten students to offer regular coursework).
Applicants who do not currently have a teaching relationship with ASI are encouraged to contact the Educational Programs Coordinator to discuss potential course offerings at ASI. It is assumed and encouraged that awardees will use their awarded teaching tools for teaching opportunities beyond ASI.
To be eligible to apply for this grant, you must be at least 18 years old and be a resident of the U.S. Applicants should be emerging/early career instructors who can demonstrate they have teaching experience, proposed coursework that will benefit from an investment in teaching tools, and a long term commitment to teaching. Both professional (full time) and non-professional (part time) instructors are encouraged to apply.
Applications are available April 15, 2019 and are due May 31, 2019. Awardees will be notified in early June. Two or more grants will be awarded. Applicants are welcome to contact the Educational Program Coordinator with questions throughout the course of the application period at [email protected].
Awardees must commit to teaching a minimum of two workshops (half day or more) at the American Swedish Institute between September 2019 and August 2020. ASI may offer other programmatic opportunities (e.g. demonstrating during events, representing ASI at off-site programs, etc.) for awardees. ASI will compensate the awardee for all programming at the regular contract instructor rate.
The American Swedish Institute is a vibrant arts and cultural organization that engages locally and connects globally. With a campus including the historic Turnblad Mansion and the Nelson Cultural Center, ASI uses its resources to be a valuable community asset and integral partner.