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The New York Folklore Society, in partnership with the Folk Arts Program of the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, offers technical assistance and professional growth services to the folk arts field.

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Mentoring and Professional Development Program for Folklife and the Traditional Arts

How to Apply

If you think this program can help you, please contact us at 518.346.7008 or by e-mail us at nyfs@nyfolklore.org so we can discuss it before you begin an application. You can download an application from this page.

We are available to help you think through your plan, determine the appropriate program component, and identify a suitable consultant if you do not already have someone in mind.

Contact the person you would like to consult with and gain his/her agreement to be your mentor. The mentor may be from any field or discipline so long as the consultancy will directly benefit your folklife or traditional arts programming. However, the chosen consultant must have the training and skills necessary to best advise the applicant.

Submit your application to the New York Folklore Society. The two-page application form includes

  • Purpose of the consultancy

  • Expected impact on the applicant

  • Plan of work

  • Budget
Each of these application elements must be included. Please outline the plan of work in as much detail as possible.

Attach a résumé or brief biographical statement about the consultant or partner in the professional exchange. For folk artists, evidence of artistic merit will be required.

We encourage you to apply early so we can get back to you if we have any questions or problems with your application.

The short-term and ongoing consultancies and folk artist mentoring applications will be accepted at any time throughout the year for review. Decisions will be announced within six weeks after receipt of applications.
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If you prefer, you can download the application form as a Microsoft Word document that can be completed, saved and submitted electronically by attaching to e-mail to NYFS


Mentoring Brochure Download the Mentoring Brochure (PDF)

SPANISH language version of Mentoring Program Guidelines (PDF) available here.

The Mentoring and Professional Development Program is made possible with funds from the Folk Arts Program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
Council on the Arts

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