Receive Up to $5,000 to Support Projects and Learning Opportunities

From South Arts –

Do you know of a rising talent in traditional arts? The Emerging Traditional Artists Program, part of our In These Mountains initiative, recognizes and supports a new generation of traditional artists (ages 18-35) that have demonstrated a high level of skill in, commitment to, and leadership in their traditional art form in Appalachian Regional Commission counties in Kentucky, North Carolina, and Tennessee.
Awards provide financial support to participants to ensure the continuation of traditional knowledge and artistic skills within their respective cultural communities. In addition to receiving funds supporting projects, participants will convene (online and in person) over this multi-year program, developing connections and gaining experience in the field. Apply to connect with peers and receive up to $5,000 to support projects and learning opportunities.
Applications are due November 3, 2021.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants for the Emerging Traditional Artist Program must:

  • Be an individual folk or traditional artist practicing music, handcrafts/material culture, and/or foodways.
  • Be 18-35 years of age.
  • Have not had an opportunity to participate in high-quality professional development sessions.
  • Be a United States citizen, lawfully admitted to the U.S. for permanent residence, or have permission from the Department of Homeland Security to work permanently in the U.S.
  • Have been a resident of a Kentucky, North Carolina, or Tennessee ARC (Appalachian Regional Commission) county for a period of at least two years immediately before the application deadline.
  • Expect to maintain residency in an ARC county during the three-year cohort cycle.
  • Submit a complete and accurate application.

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