The Folklife Program of the Nevada Arts Council seeks to discover, understand, document, and support significant cultural traditions wherever they arise. Some of our grant programs encourage individual folk and traditional artists and practitioners to preserve and perpetuate their art forms and lifeways. Other grants support community engagement with traditional festivals and celebrations, foodways, and performance. Our education initiatives promote collaboration between traditional artists and schools or community groups in support of hands-on learning opportunities for all ages.
From Washoe basketry and African-American gospel singing to cowboy poetry and Ukrainian pysanky (egg decoration), Nevada is home to hundreds of diverse traditions. Some folk and traditional arts have been transported here from other regions or countries and have taken root to become interwoven with Nevada’s cultural landscape and identity; some have flourished on the 27 tribal reservations and colonies in the state; others have developed locally with specific occupational groups.
|One Is Silver, the Other Is Gold:
Celebrating 25 Years of Nevada Folklife Apprenticeships
Silver and gold represent the new and the old as well as the precious mineral resources of Nevada. The years 2013–2014 mark the Silver Anniversary of the Nevada Arts Council’s Folklife Apprenticeship Program, which acknowledges one of the Silver State’s golden resources—its breadth of traditional artists, performers, and craftspeople that make Nevada home.
The exhibit, One Is Silver, the Other Is Gold: Celebrating 25 Years of Nevada Folklife Apprenticeships, features the work of twenty-two 20th and 21st century Nevada visual artists of the Apprenticeship Program who have passed on their skills in traditional arts dating back many generations or even centuries, but which are still vital and dynamic today. Art forms represented in the exhibit include: Polish wycinanki (papercutting), Oaxacan embroidery for traditional dance costumes, twisted horsehair rope and horse tack, Washoe basketry, Ukrainian pysanky (egg painting), and saddlemaking. Read more.
|Family Flowers / Flores Familiares||
The intricate and colorful embroidery of Las Vegas folk artist Romeo Siguenza and members of his family will be featured in Family Flowers/Flores Familiares, a new exhibition developed by the NAC Folklife Program. Family Flowers opens at the Nevada State Museum in Las Vegas on June 16, 2013 and runs through the end of the year. Read more.
ARTIST RESIDENCY EXPRESS GRANTS (AREx)
The Artist Residency Express (AREx) Grant is designed for community and educational sponsors to host a short-term artist residency (one to three days) using an artist on one of the NAC artist rosters (Arts Learning, Folk Arts and Tumblewords.) Non-roster artists may be used, but require additional support materials/work sample. The residency design allows the artist to explore his/her discipline with students, teachers and community members through classes, demonstrations, lectures and discussions, rehearsals, performances, or community events. AREx grants are offered on a first-come, first-served basis throughout the year while funds are available. Read more.
FOLKLIFE APPRENTICESHIP GRANTS (FLA)
The Folklife Apprenticeship Program encourages the continuation of Nevada’s diverse traditional culture by providing grants to skilled master artists to teach committed apprentices through intensive instruction in their art form. A master artist works with one or two apprentices during a one-year period. Read more about Past Folklife Grant Recipients and download a copy of Handed Down: Nevada's Living Folk Arts 1988-1998 for information about the first ten years of the NAC Folklife Apprenticeship Program. You can also view our newest exhibition – One is Silver, the Other is Gold: Celebrating 25 Years of Folklife Apprenticeships – now touring statewide through the Nevada Touring Initiative! The application deadline for projects beginning July 1, 2014: March 17, 2014
Click here to read the Folklife Apprenticeship Grant Guidelines and Instructions; download the Application Form; then register on GO™ where you can start your online application and upload all the required documents and work samples. Contact Folklife Program staff before you begin your application!
FOLKLIFE OPPORTUNITY GRANTS (FOG)
Non-competitive grants of up to $1,500 throughout the year are offered to nonprofit organizations and government entities, including Tribes, to support projects that present, document or preserve traditional arts. Read more.
FOLKLIFE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT GRANTS (PDG)
PDGs support attendance at professional development activities and are up to $650 for out-of-state activities, up to $500 for in-state activities, and up to $350 for NAC-sponsored activities. Eligible applicants in the Folklife category include folk and traditional artists, community scholars, and Nevada-based folklorists.
COMMUNITY CULTURAL PROJECTS
Folklife staff will come to your community and help you design and implement community Folklife research and documentation projects. Contact the Program Coordinator for more information.
- original fieldwork generated by the Nevada Arts Council’s Folklife Program staff and their paid contractors; and
- folk art objects acquired for exhibits showcasing Nevada’s traditional arts.
NAC STAFF ASSISTANCE
|Folklife Program Associate||Rebecca Snetselaar||702.486.3739|
- Folk Arts Education Resources
- Folklife Publications
- Folklife Online Resources
- Definition of Folklife