he call for submissions for the NACF Mentor Artist Fellowship is now open until Monday, September 30, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. Pacific time. Notifications will be sent by March 2020.
ABOUT THE NACF MENTOR ARTIST FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM:
The Native Arts and Cultures Foundation’s (NACF) Mentor Artist Fellowship is a regional individual artist project award that focuses on artistic mentoring in the Upper Midwest, Pacific Northwest, and Southwest regions. The Fellowship is open to eligible, established American Indian and Alaska Native artists of 10 years or more who want to mentor an emerging American Indian or Alaska Native artist apprentice in either the Traditional or Contemporary Visual Arts categories for a period of fifteen months.
The Mentor Artist Fellowship’s goal is to improve creative development, artistic rigor, and intergenerational cultural and traditional knowledge perpetuation by fostering the growth of Native artist mentors and apprentices and empowering them to play an integral role in their communities. Read more about the fellowship program and view previous awardees here.
The mentoring period is a 15-month period beginning April 1, 2020 and ending June 30, 2021. Prior to and during mentoring, mentors and apprentices will be required to participate in a training session and several professional development online workshops. Target timeframes for the training and workshops are as follows:
- January 2020—Online Workshop (Session I)
- February/March 2020—Mentor and Apprentice Training (Session II)
- September/October 2020—Online Workshop (Session III)
- February/March 2021—Online Workshop (Session IV)
To demonstrate the experience and success of the mentoring, a completed joint mentor and apprentice art project is required at the end of the fellowship period and is to be shared in a community engagement event or activity.
The Mentor Artist Fellowship is a $30,000 award distributed to the mentor artist. The award will be divided as follows: $20,000 for the mentor, $5,000 for the joint art project, and $5,000 for the apprentice’s participation (travel expenses, supplies, stipend, etc.)
MENTOR ARTISTS ELIGIBILE TO APPLY:
Mentor Artist Fellowship applicants must:
- Be enrolled in a federally or state-recognized American Indian tribe or Alaska Native corporation that is located in one of the following states: Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, Minnesota, Montana, 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.* Please note, you will be asked to provide documentation of your American Indian and Alaska Native affiliation/enrollment/descendancy in the application.
- Be at least a five-year resident of one of the states mentioned above.
- Be an established individual artist of ten years or more who practices in the traditional or contemporary visual arts, listed as follows:
- TRADITIONAL ARTS may include pottery, basket, and fabric weaving, stone or wood carving, leather and hide work, regalia making, silversmith, jewelry, beadwork, and other traditional art disciplines. NACF cannot consider dance or song.
- CONTEMPORARY VISUAL ARTS may include fashion design, 2D painting, printmaking, illustration, photography, mixed media 3D sculpture, mixed media, or installation interdisciplinary visual arts. NACF cannot consider graphic design.
- NOT BE an enrolled student in a school, college, or higher education classes during the 15-month mentoring period.
- NOT BE a previous NACF fellow within the past two years, or since 2018.
- Select an emerging American Indian or Alaska Native artist as an apprentice to mentor. The apprentice must meet the following eligibility criteria:
- Be at least 21-years of age or older.
- Reside within a 120-mile radius of mentor’s work studio/teaching space.
- Enrolled affiliation/descendancy in an Alaska Native or American Indian tribe that is located in Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, Minnesota, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Southern California, Washington, or Wisconsin.* Please note, documentation of your apprentice’s American Indian and Alaska Native affiliation/enrollment/descendancy will be required.
- NOT BE an enrolled student anywhere, during the 15-month mentorship period.
- NOT BE a family member related to the mentor, such as family members by birth, adoption, or marriage are not eligible as an apprentice under this fellowship. This includes parents; children; siblings; immediate uncles, aunts, or cousins; and immediate grandparents.
- An interested emerging American Indian or Alaska Native artist apprentice may NOT apply; however, we encourage them to ask an American Indian or Alaska Native Mentor Artist who they would like to apprentice under to apply.
*The states included align with the geographic service areas of the Mentor Artist Fellowship’s donors.
Find out more: https://www.nativeartsandcultures.org/maf-open-call