A program of Nibezun and Cultural Resources, the Wabanaki Traditional Arts Mentorship Program was developed to support the continuation of Wabanaki traditional arts practices.
The program provides teaching opportunities for experienced mentors to pass on their skills to qualified students. Up to $3,000 is available for teaching fees, supplies and travel costs.
Mentors and students apply together to work on a one-on-one instructional basis over the course of one year. Mentors are individuals recognized by the Wabanaki community as exemplary practitioners and keepers of cultural knowledge.
Each mentor will have a chance to select their prospective student. The student should have prior experience in the traditional practice. During the mentorship, the Wabanaki Traditional Arts Mentorship Program coordinator will visit each mentor/student team in order to document and evaluate the mentorship.
This program is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Maine Arts Commission.
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