The Native Arts and Cultures Foundation has issued a call for applications to established American Indian and Alaska Native artists to mentor an emerging American Indian and Alaska Native artist apprentice through its for its NACF Mentor Artist Fellowship program.
Through the program, mentors will develop lesson plans intended to increase their apprentice's skill level, and provide an experience of intergenerational exchange of cultural knowledge within the apprentice's traditional arts or contemporary visual arts practice. To assist in developing lesson plans, awarded mentors and their apprentices are required to attend a training session before the mentorship begins. The training date will be announced upon notification of the awards.
The fellowship provides a monetary award of $30,000 total — $20,000 for the mentor, $5,000 for the joint art project, and $5,000 for the apprentice's expenses.
This is a regional fellowship focusing in the Pacific Northwest, Southwest, and Upper Midwest areas of the United States. 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. Submission of documentation of American Indian and Alaska Native heritage is part of the application process.
For complete program guidelines, information about previous mentors/fellows, and application instructions, visit the NACF website.