The Mentor Artist Fellowship Program / Funding

September 30, 2019

Organization Name: Native Arts and Culture Foundation

Organization Location: Vancouver, WA

Type: Funding

Fee: Free


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 inter-generational 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.

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 time frames 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.)

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