The components of the application are as follows:
- Personal Information
- Life Story Questions
- Work Samples
- Support Materials (Optional)
ETAP applications may be submitted in one of three formats:
- A written application may be submitted via the online Written Application Form on the South Arts website.
Please note: The “Save and Resume Later” feature will email a link to return to your in-progress application. Attachments cannot be saved using this feature and should be attached when you are ready to submit your application. Note that South Arts is unable to retrieve your save link.
- A physical written application may be submitted via mail.
Physical applications should be mailed to:
Attn: Ellie Dassler
1800 Peachtree St., NW
Atlanta, GA 30309
Contact Ellie Dassler at email@example.com, or call or text 404.201.7938, if you need assistance printing a written application form.
- As an alternative to written applications, applicants may submit oral responses to the six life story questions in video format. Videos may be recorded using any available technology, such as a cell phone or web cam, and should not exceed 15 minutes in length. Advanced video editing skills are not expected or required, and video applications will be judged on their content alone.
Once recorded, video applications should be hosted online on YouTube, Vimeo, etc. and URLs should be uploaded to the Video Application Form.
For help with preparing and submitting video applications, please contact Ellie Dassler (Assistant Director, Traditional Arts): firstname.lastname@example.org or call or text (404) 201-7938.
All applications must be signed and dated by the artist. Please choose only one application format. No application format will be considered more competitive than any other.
Personal Information: As part of the application form, you will be asked, but not required, to include personal information such as birthplace, gender identity, and race/ethnicity. Demographic information is for South Arts’ use only; this information will not be shared with the panelists. South Arts may share your contact information (only) with art professionals, such as curators and journalists who wish to be in direct contact with you, as requested.
Applicants may be asked to submit a copy of their official state I.D./driver’s license as proof of residency later in the process, in order to confirm eligibility.
Life Story Questions: Applicants must respond to the following six prompts:
- Tell us about the traditional art form you practice. Please explain the process, materials used, and/or instruments and tools involved.
- Describe how you learned your art form. When did you start? From whom did you learn? By what methods did you learn?
- What role does your art form play in your community? Is it practiced by others in your family, your geographic area, or other groups to which you belong? If so, where, when, and by whom? If not, explain why it is not commonly practiced.
- What experiences do you have teaching others, supporting folk arts and traditional practices in your community, and/or advocating for their continuation? What plans do you have for carrying on this tradition in the future by teaching and/or inspiring others?
- Why is it important to preserve this art form in particular?
- Tell us about a learning opportunity or opportunities you wish to pursue and why. How will this benefit you as a tradition bearer and support the continuation of your art in the future?
Work Samples: Work samples will be used to evaluate skill in and dedication to the art form.
- Photographs: Submit up to ten clearly labeled high resolution images of your work. Acceptable file formats include .jpeg and .pdf. Printed images are also acceptable for written applications sent in the mail.
- Audio Recordings: If applicable, submit up to three examples of your work. While .mp3 is recommended, all standard file formats are acceptable. Hard copies may be sent via CD or thumb-drive.
- Video Recordings: If applicable, submit up to three examples of your work. Publicly accessible URL links to YouTube, Vimeo, or other internet sources are acceptable, or hard copies can be sent via CD, DVD, or thumb-drive.
- Other: If your work samples must be submitted in another format, please contact us to discuss options.
Support Materials (Optional): Support materials are optional, but strongly encouraged. These materials may be letters of support, newspaper articles, blog posts, podcasts, flyers, or other supplemental materials that speak to the applicant’s proficiency in their art form, their dedication to the traditional culture of their community, the history and context of their art form within their community, etc. These can be submitted as .pdf files or hardcopies. Please submit no more than five documents.
You must be a current, legal resident of one of the following counties for a period of two years prior to the application due date:
Kentucky: Adair, Bath, Bell, Boyd, Breathitt, Carter, Casey, Clark, Clay, Clinton, Cumberland, Edmonson, Elliott, Estill, Fleming, Floyd, Garrard, Green, Greenup, Harlan, Hart, Jackson, Johnson, Knott, Knox, Laurel, Lawrence, Lee, Leslie, Letcher, Lewis, Lincoln, McCreary, Madison, Magoffin, Martin, Menifee, Metcalfe, Monroe, Montgomery, Morgan, Nicholas, Owsley, Perry, Pike, Powell, Pulaski, Robertson, Rockcastle, Rowan, Russell, Wayne, Whitley, and Wolfe.
Tennessee: Anderson, Bledsoe, Blount, Bradley, Campbell, Cannon, Carter, Claiborne, Clay, Cocke, Coffee, Cumberland, De Kalb, Fentress, Franklin, Grainger, Greene, Grundy, Hamblen, Hamilton, Hancock, Hawkins, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnson, Knox, Lawrence, Lewis, Loudon, McMinn, Macon, Marion, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Overton, Pickett, Polk, Putnam, Rhea, Roane, Scott, Sequatchie, Sevier, Smith, Sullivan, Unicoi, Union, Van Buren, Warren, Washington, and White.
North Carolina: Alexander, Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Buncombe, Burke, Caldwell, Cherokee, Clay, Davie, Forsyth, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, McDowell, Macon, Madison, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford, Stokes, Surry, Swain, Transylvania, Watauga, Wilkes, Yadkin, and Yancey.