FDDC is now accepting applications for the Wabanaki Marketplace Youth & Culture Program. See below for details and click here to access the application!
To: Maine Wabanaki Master Artists and Apprentices
From: Four Directions Development Corporation
Date: October 25, 2016
Subject: Wabanaki Marketplace: Youth & Culture Program
Four Directions is accepting applications to the Wabanaki Marketplace: Youth & Culture Program, an art initiative designed to connect youth with cultural knowledge held by their elders using an apprenticeship structure. Apprentice-master pairs will apply to the program through a joint application. Completed applications submitted by December 14, 2016 will be reviewed by a committee made up of Four Directions staff and consultants. When selecting candidates to the program, the committee will consider the strength of applications, diversity of tribal communities represented in the applicant pool, and diversity of art forms represented in the applicant pool. Five master-apprentice pairs will be accepted into the program and notified the following week.
About the Program
The Wabanaki Marketplace: Youth & Culture Program was designed to provide opportunity for the transmission of cultural knowledge between youth and elders while also empowering youth through the development of entrepreneurial and documentary skillsets. Youth will work with a master artist for a six month period, documenting their experiences through photography, videography, and audio recordings. Students will document their work using an iPad and additional recording equipment and produce a final 5-minute video at the end of the project period to promote their work as artists on the Wabanaki Marketplace. Students will be given the iPad to keep at the end of the project.
Students and masters will develop a 6-month work plan in their application outlining what they reasonably expect to achieve during the project. This work plan will help both masters and students to make progress while allowing students to reflect on their progress in their documentaries.
In addition to their documentaries and their work with master artists, apprentices are also required to attend three professional development trainings in January, March, and June. The trainings will be focused on documentary best practices, financial management, marketing, and creating professional displays for artwork.
Masters will receive a $600 stipend for working with apprentices and must also submit a budget covering the cost of materials for working with youth during the project period. In addition to being given iPads and associated recording equipment, youth apprentices will receive a $250 stipend and an Apple Store gift card to purchase apps used during this project for their professional use moving forward. The Wabanaki Marketplace will also purchase at least one item per master and apprentice to be featured in a master-artist product line on the Marketplace website.
To be eligible for the Wabanaki Marketplace: Youth & Culture Program, applicants must be Maine residents and enrolled in one of the four Wabanaki tribes in the state. Youth must be between the ages of 13 and 18 at the start of the program.
- Completed Application
- Artist info
- Master questions
- Apprentice Questions
- 6-month work plan
- Supplemental Materials (optional)
- Proof of Maine residency (driver’s license, state ID) – masters only
- Proof of Tribal Enrollment (tribal ID, enrollment letter sent from tribal census department)
Barriers to Submitting the Application
Anyone experiencing barriers to submitting the application, such as lack of access to a printer or computer, should contact the Wabanaki Marketplace Coordinator at the number or email address below. Four Directions will work to make appropriate accommodations to ensure that those eligible may apply to the program.
If you have questions about the program or the application feel free to contact the Wabanaki Marketplace Coordinator, Frances Soctomah, at (207) 866-6545 or firstname.lastname@example.org.