This fellowship program contributes $9,000 to tradition-bearers from Central Appalachian counties to pursue training, research, or lifelong learning.View Full Guidelines
From old-time fiddling to chair-making and basket-weaving, our class of 2020 Folk & Traditional Arts Master Artist Fellows carry forward the traditions and history of Central Appalachia.
The deadline for this grant program has passed. The guidelines below are for reference only.
To be considered for this grant, the applicant must:
The components of the application are as follows:
I was so thankful for the opportunity, it exceeded my expectations for sure. It’s neat to go and meet and play with your heroes, but it’s really special when it turns into a nice connection and great friendship.Matt Downer, 2019 Folk & Traditional Arts Fellow
The following categories provide examples, though not exhaustive, of traditional art forms in Central Appalachia.
Applications can be completed and submitted either by the applicant (traditional artist) or on their behalf by a nominator (family or community member). The components of the application are as follows:
Applications will be open from August 15, 2019 through January 15, 2020. The application must be signed and dated by the artist.
Applicants must provide a personal statement (one page hand-written or typed, maximum) in which they respond to the following statements/questions:
Work samples will be used to evaluate artistic merit or quality of cultural achievement.
Support materials are optional, but strongly encouraged. These materials may be letters of support, newspaper articles, flyers or other supplemental materials. These can be submitted as .pdf files or hardcopies. Please, submit no more than five documents.
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.
Completed applications, including work samples, may be submitted either electronically (by 11:59 p.m. EST) or physically via mail (postmarked) by January 15, 2020.
Please note: When using the online application form, please utilize the ‘save and resume’ option at the bottom of each page to ensure your work has been saved.
Physical copies of the application may be requested, and should be mailed to:
Attn: Amy Howard
1800 Peachtree St., NW
Atlanta, GA 30309
An anonymous panel consisting of folklorists and traditional and folk art specialists will conduct the review, evaluating each application by the criteria as follows:
Applicants will receive notification of their award status by early February 2020. Nine Master Artist Fellowships will be awarded, three for each state (Kentucky, North Carolina, and Tennessee). The 2020 awards of $9,000 per recipient to be used between March 2020 and March 2021.
Master Artist Fellowship recipients should note award money constitutes taxable income and must be filed as such.
Discuss your application with Teresa Hollingsworth or Amy Howard of the Traditional Arts team.Contact Us