ACCEPTING ART MENTOR / APPRENTICE APPLICATIONS UNTIL SEPTEMBER 23, 2022

  • $6,000 + up to $500 for supplies to Apprentices
  • $10,000 to Mentors
  • Apprentices commit to work in Haines afterwards
  • Exhibit and workshop at end of apprenticeship
  • Blog during apprenticeship
  • Any traditional art form possible
  • Chilkoot tribal members preference

Click here for Guidelines and Application

For detailed information about the program:

GOALS OF THE MENTOR / APPRENTICE PROGRAM

The goal of the Mentor/Apprentice Progam is to foster the growth of Native mentors and apprentices from the Traditional Arts fields in order to:

  • Transfer intergenerational cultural and/or traditional knowledge.
  • Perpetuate creative development and artistic rigor in the Traditional Arts fields.
  • Empower mentors and apprentices to play an integral role in the community.

 The Mentorship is intended to:

  • Increase the emerging artist apprentice’s skill level in the apprentice’s chosen Traditional Arts practice through innovation, creativity, exploration, and mentor advisement.
  • Expand the intergenerational exchange of cultural and/or traditional knowledge and artistic skills.

Apprenticeships and Mentors

Two apprentices will be selected each year for the Apprentice/Mentor program. Apprentices will be selected from applicants to the program who

(a) show an interest for the art form based on family history, studies, readings, or some effort to create

(b) make a commitment to stay in the Chilkat Valley for at least 2 years,

(c) choose an art form that is under-represented in the Valley, and

(d) commit to completing a minimum of six months apprenticeship, documenting the apprenticeship with blog postings, and providing a workshop in Haines upon their return from the apprenticeship.

The apprentice’s final products will be exhibited for the community to see how the Cultural Program is building our Native resources. Apprentices will work with the Cultural Program staff to identify mentors with whom they might wish to work. The mentors will be asked to sign a contract committing to a minimum of six months with the apprentice and 520 hours of in person time either training or working alongside the apprentice. Each mentor will submit a short monthly report and a final evaluation of the apprentice. The Cultural Program staff will work with the apprentice/mentor pair to outline the specifics of how their collaboration will work to the satisfaction of all parties, fulfilling the six month requirement. Before submitting our cultural program grant we received commitments from potential mentors Nathan Jackson (Totem Carver), Dorica Jackson (Chilkat Weaver), Lily Hope (Chilkat Weaver) and Jenny Lyn Smith (Silver Carver). Given that we do not know exactly which art form apprentices might choose, once the apprentices for each year have been confirmed, we will seek additional mentors. We have a list of possible master beaders, basket weavers, wood workers, silver workers and blanket weavers. Over the next three years, apprentices will participate in small business workshops and other support services from the Cultural Department staff, who will assist in making their art business viable.

 

2022 Apprentice Blogs

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:
Helen Alten
Cultural Department Director
907.766.2323
halten@chilkoot-nsn.gov

We strongly suggest that you call to discuss your proposal before applying.

Resources

Certified Tribal Artist Program of Central Council Tlingit and Haida is a resource for Native artists.