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Individual Artists

How to Apply to the Traditional Arts & Folklife Listing
Deadline: July 11, 2014

Coordinator: Julianne Morse
(603) 271-0791

These FY15 Guidelines are valid for fiscal year July 1, 2014 - June 30, 2015

The Traditional Arts & Folklife Listing is a directory of traditional artists, community scholars, and folklorists who are available for performances, demonstrations, workshops, and other community-based presentations in New Hampshire. The Heritage & Traditional Arts Program provides this service both as a resource for arts organizations, museums, community groups, schools, and other groups that want to include traditional arts and artists in their programs and for artists who wish to present their traditions in community settings. The Listing provides contact information, areas of specialty, and types of presentations artists can offer.

What are traditional arts?
Crafts, songs, dances and music that are passed down from one generation to the next within families and communities are an important and cherished part of a community’s heritage.  Communities can be defined in many ways, such as groups that share the same ethnic heritage, language, geographic area, religion, occupation, or way of life.

For a traditional artist, being true to the inheritance of the past provides deep satisfaction. Therefore, the techniques and forms of traditional arts tend to change very slowly. Traditions are not static and each generation adds their special creativity to the tradition. However, the sense of what is beautiful and well done is defined more by the community than by an individual artist's personal creative vision. Because of this, traditional arts often become symbols of identity and pride for a community.

For more information on traditional arts and folklife in New Hampshire, click here for a description of the Heritage & Traditional Arts Program or visit the New Hampshire Folklife website. This online educational resource includes an interactive Learning Center and a searchable database of traditional music recordings.

Who can apply to be on the Traditional Arts & Folklife Listing?

  • Traditional artists active in any craft, music, or dance form representing any cultural or ethnic tradition in New Hampshire may apply to be on the Listing. Traditional artists residing in neighboring states of Vermont, Maine and Massachusetts may apply and be accepted if they represent a tradition not currently included in the Listing.
  • Cultural specialists and folklorists who want to work with community-based organizations in the development and implementation of programs focused on folklife and traditional arts are also encouraged to apply.
  • Master traditional artists who receive a Traditional Arts Apprenticeship grant are automatically invited to join the Listing.

Application Review Process
State Arts Council staff reviews applications for accuracy, eligibility and completeness. The application is then submitted to the same panel of cultural specialists that reviews applications for Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Grants.

Criteria for Selection

        For traditional artists:

  • High level of artistic excellence
  • Recognition within the community as a tradition bearer representing a community-based tradition
  • Excellent communication skills in presenting traditional culture in a variety of community settings

        For community scholars & folklorists:

  • For community scholars - at least one year of experience with fieldwork research and/or public program development and implementation in a particular area of cultural heritage and/or some academic background in an aspect of cultural studies
  • For folklorists - an academic background as a folklorist and some personal experience with fieldwork research and public program development and implementation
  • For all - excellent public communication skills in presenting traditional culture in a variety of community settings

How to Apply

  • Complete the Application Form: MSWord / PDF
  • Complete the Disclosure Form: MSWord / PDF
  • Include Work Samples and Letters of Support (see below and the application for more information).

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Work Samples
Visual or audio samples of your work are essential to the review panel’s understanding of your work and evaluation of your application. Depending upon your art form, submit the appropriate materials:

  • CRAFTS:  images (up to 20) photographic prints or digital images on disc
  • MUSIC:     CD or MP3 file
  • DANCE:    DVD

IMPORTANT: Applications without Work Samples WILL NOT be forwarded to the panel.

See Preparation of Work Samples for instructions on preparing work samples/support materials.

NOTE to craft artists: You may also submit an actual sample of your work for the panel to view, but the State Arts Council cannot accept liability for loss or damage.

Letters of Support
Letters of support are essential to helping the panel understand how members of the community value the tradition you are involved with and how well you communicate this in public presentations.  Please submit at least 2 current letters of support for this particular Listing application.

How to Prepare the Application Package
1. Complete the Application and Disclosure forms. The application should include an original signature.
2. Include the required Work Samples and Letters of Support.
Please do not put the application and support materials in a 3-ring binder.
3. Please make a copy of the application for your files.
4. Mail or deliver the application and materials to: NH State Council on the Arts, 19 Pillsbury Street, 1st Floor, Concord, NH 03301 by the deadline.

Applications must be postmarked or hand delivered to the NH State Council on the Arts office at 19 Pillsbury Street, Concord, by 4:30 p.m. on the deadline date noted above. Office hours are Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. The office is closed all state and most federal holidays. Late applications will not be accepted. The Council cannot accept applications transmitted by facsimile (FAX) or email and cannot be responsible for applications lost in transit. Errors and omissions may affect a panel's evaluation of your application, so please prepare your application carefully and follow instructions.

Applicants will be notified of their status approximately ten weeks following the application deadline.



Last updated: February 24, 2014

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