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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), 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


Individuals and organizations engaged in or planning folklife and traditional arts programs in New York State are eligible to apply. This includes, but is not limited to, folk artists, community organizations, folk cultural specialists, arts councils, museums, historical societies, and public libraries.

Highest priority will be given to consultancies that directly benefit: 1) folk artists, or 2) community-based organizations in African-American, Asian, Latino, Native American, European ethnic, rural or other underserved communities of the state.

Consultancies that benefit several people or organizations at once are encouraged; for example, a folklorist might apply to have a consultant work with a group of four or five folk artists on self-management. You may choose a mentor, or we can help you find someone. The mentor may be from any field or discipline as long as the consultancy will directly benefit your folklife or traditional arts programming. Appropriate mentors must be experienced in the skills to be imparted through the mentorship and should be qualified for the tasks requested of them. Evidence of skill or education will be required through the submission of a short biography or résumé.

This program is designed to serve organizations and individuals within New York State. Priority will be given to New York-based travel, but mentors from outside the state are permitted. Please contact the New York Folklore Society if out-of-state travel will be required.

Mentoring requests must not duplicate support applied for or received from the New York State Council on the Arts.
Find out about:

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.

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