Mentoring Project Grants are designed to support the transmission of Wyoming’s finest Folk and Traditional skills through the natural process of in-person, hands-on instruction. A master artist selects a worthy apprentice to mentor over time in order to advance the skills of the apprentice in their traditional art form or skill.
The Wyoming Arts Council introduced the Folk & Traditional Arts Mentoring Program in 2005 as part of its on-going effort to increase support and recognition of Wyoming’s rich cultural arts and traditions. Funds originally came from a National Endowment for the Arts Infrastructure grant provided to the Wyoming Arts Council’s Arts Access Grant Program. Current funding is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts through the Folk Arts Partnership grant.
Master and Apprentice apply together and provide information about the art form, their skill level, a project outline and work samples. The mentorship must take place between July 1 and June 30 and projects must be no shorter than six months.
Up to four projects will be selected for funding at $3,000 each ($2,300 for the master artist’s honorarium and $700 for supplies and travel). All project costs over $3,000 must be paid by the award recipient.
See below for deadlines and application link.
Click here for the online application.
Review a printable copy of the application to prepare.
Accommodations can be made for applicants with limited access to a computer or internet.
Applications are reviewed and evaluated by a panel of cultural specialists, folklorists, artists and WAC board members using the following criteria:
The full WAC board reviews the panel recommendations and makes the final selection of funded projects. Applicants are notified in June of the Art Council Board decisions.
Eastern Shoshone Cradleboard Making Master Artist: Raphaella Stump Apprentice: Ralphalita Stump
Traditional Bladesmithing Master Artist: Audra Draper Apprentice: Stan Castagno
Wool Saddle Pad Weaving Master Artist: Anita Thatcher Apprentices: Annalissa Purdum & Soleiana Abernathy
Quilting Master Artist: Yong Hui Torske Apprentice: Jill Wright
Arapaho Warshirt making and beadwork Master Artist: Marcus Dewey Apprentice: James Dewey
Arapaho Sweat Lodge songs Master Artist: Darrell Lone Bear, Sr Apprentice Koleton Lone Bear
Western Saddlemaking Master Artist: Andy Stevens Apprentice: Dusty Smith
Rawhide braiding Master Artist: Jack Mease Apprentice Soleiana Abernathy
Luthiery (stringed instrument making) Master Artist: Daniel Roberts Apprentice: Miss V
Blacksmithing Master Artist: David Osmundsen Apprentice: Michael Landsiedel
Eastern Shoshone Dollmaking Master Artist: Ralphaelita Stump Apprentice: Raphaella Stump
Arapaho Hand Drum Making Master Artist: Darrell Lone Bear, Sr Apprentice: Koleton Lone Bear
Eastern Shoshone Drum Keeper Master Artist: Wayland Bonatsie Apprentice: Quinlin Hernandez
Northern Cheyenne-style Beadwork Master Artist: Marcus Dewey Apprentice: Carrie White Antelope
Horsehair Hitching Master Artist: Leane Linnell Apprentice: Brook Miller
Northern Arapaho Sweat Lodge Songs Master Artist: Darrell Lone Bear, Sr Apprentice: Tyson Lone Bear
Bighorn Sheep Ram Bow Master Artist:Tom Lucas Apprentice: Travis Lucas
California-style Bit and Spurs Master Artist:Ernie Marsh Apprentice: James Gullion
Braided Rawhide Horse Gear Master Artist:Jessie Smith Apprentice: Jeremy Madole
Cowboy Leatherwork Master Artist: Niki DeLancy Apprentice: McKenzi Digby
Teepee bags/panniers Master Artist: Marcus Dewey Apprentice: Charles Dewey
Western Leatherwork Master Artist: Von Ringler Apprentice: Alex Whistler
Old-style Intertribal songs Master Artist:Patrick Iron Cloud, Sr. Apprentice: Norman and Sam Iron Cloud
Arapaho hand drum making Master Artist:Darrell Lone Bear, Sr. Apprentice: Tyson Lone Bear
Rawhide braiding Master Artist:Jack Mease Apprentice: Sally Hovendick
Rug braiding Master Artist:Norma M. Sturges Apprentice: Ellen Sue Blakey
Saddle building Master Artist:Keith Duncan Apprentice: Kurt Olson
Rug braiding Master Artist:Norma M. Sturges Apprentice: Ellen Sue Blakey
Rawhide making and braiding Master Artist:Nate Wald Apprentice: Caleb French
Old-time Fiddling Master Artist:Kelly Wells Apprentice: Kayla Palmer
Warrior shirt Master Artist:Elizabeth Jane Brown Apprentice: Danielle Brown
Beaded leggings Master Artist:Marcus Dewey Apprentice: Veronica Miller
Rams horn bow Master Artist:Tom Lucas Apprentice: Richard Singer
Arapaho beaded buckskin dress Master Artist: Annie Sage Apprentice: Janelle Denny
E Shoshone Woman’s traditional saddle Master Artist: Joanne Seesequasis Apprentice: Larry McAdams
Eastern Shoshone woman’s saddle Master Artist: Charlotte Alley Apprentice: Amanda Alley
Jewish and Israeli dance Master Artist:Bea Montross Apprentice: Mary Weinstein
Horsehair hitching Master Artist:Richard Gould Apprentice: Leane Linnell
Arapaho and Lakota women’s singing Master Artist: Sandra Iron Cloud Apprentice: Rebecca Iron Cloud
Rawhide and leather braiding Master Artist: Jack Mease Apprentice: Mila Ready
Eastern Shoshone cradleboards Master Artist: Charlotte Alley Apprentice: Lynelle Shakespeare
Shoshone Drum making and playing Master Artist: Wayland Bonatsie Apprentice: Quinlin Hernandez
Western saddle tree making Master Artist: G. K. Fraker Apprentice: Steve Dabbs
Plains Indian parfleche Master Artist: Gloria Goggles Apprentice: Jennifer Runs Close to Lodge
Rawhide braiding Master Artist: Jack Mease Apprentice: Brenda Hovendick
Saddle building Master Artist: Don Butler Apprentice: Tom Stevie
Native American willow back rest Master Artist: William Chippewa Apprentice: Patrick Thayer
Tatting Master Artist: Mary Maynard Apprentice: Molly Moyer
Sheep to shawl Master Artist: Avis Richardson Group apprentice
Arapaho beaded buckskin dress Master Artist: Annin Soldier Apprentice: Wolf Cathi Soldier Wolf
Round dance songs Master Artist: Sandra Iron Cloud Apprentice: Norman & Sam Iron Cloud
Tatting Master Artist:Mary Maynard Apprentice: Molly Moyer
Rawhide braiding Master Artist: Jack Mease Apprentice: Michael Stewart
Arapaho women’s traditional regalia Master Artist: Annie Sage Apprentice: Veronica Miller
Arapaho crafts Master Artist: Annin Soldier Apprentice: Wolf Hista and Echo Soldier Wolf
Old-time fiddling Master Artist: Kelly Wells Apprentice: Tally Wells
War shields Master Artist: William Chippewa Apprentice: Patrick Thayer
Men’s beaded vests Master Artist: Cleo Goggles Apprentice: Linda Goggles
Tatting & crochet Master Artist: Mary Maynard Apprentice: Isobel Nichols
Rawhide braiding Master Artist: Jack Mease Apprentice: Mike Alley
Basket weaving & furniture caning Master Artist: Sally O’Connor Apprentice: Maria Foster
Shoshone saddle trappings Master Artist: Reba Jo Teran Apprentice: Georgietta Teran-Acebo
Loom weaving Master Artist: Gerald Curcio Apprentice: Judith Harvey
Performance knives Master Artist: Ed Fowler Apprentice: Tena Osborne
Cowboy music Master Artist: Kevin McNiven Apprentice: Terrell and TeAnna McNiven
Old-time fiddling Master Artist: Kelly Wells Apprentice: Coletta Maier
Shoshone saddles Master Artist: William Chippewa Apprentice: Reba Teran
Shoshone dolls Master Artist: Manfred Guina Apprentice: Reba Teran
Shoshone cradleboards Master Artist: Beatrice Haukaas Apprentice: Georgietta Teran
For more information about Folk & Traditional Arts Mentoring Project Grants please contact the Wyoming Arts Council Folk Arts Program 307-256-2010 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contact: Josh Chrysler