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Wyoming Arts Council opens application for folk arts mentorship grants

Traditional folk arts like leather working and regalia making have been awarded previously.

Mentor artist John L. Blair (right) taught Matt Avery (left) Western Saddlemaking through the WAC Folk Art Mentoring program. Photo by Josh Chrysler.

GILLETTE, Wyo. — The Wyoming Arts Council announced Thursday that applications for the Folk & Traditional Arts Mentoring Project grants have now opened. Applications are available online, though physical copies can also be requested by contacting the Wyoming Arts Council directly.

Applications for the program close April 15. Eligible applicants are mentor–apprentice pairs who collaborate on a project regarding a folk or traditional art such as Northern Arapaho drum making, Prairie Chicken Dance regalia making rawhide braiding or Western saddle making.

Applications are made by both the artisan and apprentice and must include information on their art form, their skill level, an outline of their project and work samples.

The purpose of the grants is to provide resources to artisans looking to pass on their knowledge of these traditional art forms to others. The projects must take place between July 1, 2025, and June 30, 2025, for a minimum of six months, according to the Wyoming Arts Council.

Up to five projects will be selected with a grant award of $5,000 each. First-time applicants, those pursuing an endangered art form and those in certain geographic areas may receive special consideration.