PROGRAMS & SERVICES
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
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
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:
| ||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.