We build more equitable and vibrant communities by celebrating the everyday expressions of culture, heritage, and diversity in the Greater Southwest. 
Ends on July 15, 2018$45.00
$45.00

The Southwest Folklife Alliances announces This Is Folklife, a new educational series designed to share aspects of regional folklife with a wide variety of learners. Classes and workshops offer cultural immersion experiences (Up Close), focused explorations of culture in action  (Unpacked), and skill-based trainings in folklife and ethnography (How To).


THIS IS FOLKLIFE: HOW TO

How to Think Like a Photographer with official TMY photographer Steven Meckler   

Saturday, JULY 14, 2018 Downtown Tucson, AZ

 1-4pm (3 hours) 

Cost: $45

In this seminar, photographer Steven Meckler shares his approach in “thinking like a photographer.” Participants will learn how a camera “sees,” how light can tell stories, and how to translate the 3D world into a 2D image. He’ll also share tips for photographing events like Tucson Meet Yourself. The course is designed for students who want to make better photographs and who already know how to use SLR cameras.

Steven Meckler is a Tucson, Arizona-based professional commercial/editorial photographer. His focus is on food, architecture, and people, which he photographs on location or in the studio. He is the official photographer for the annual Tucson Meet Yourself Folklife Festival. Learn more about him at mecklerphotography.com

Ends on June 3, 2018$45.00
$45.00

The Southwest Folklife Alliances announces This Is Folklife, a new educational series designed to share aspects of regional folklife with a wide variety of learners. Classes and workshops offer cultural immersion experiences (Up Close), focused explorations of culture in action  (Unpacked), and skill-based trainings in folklife and ethnography (How To).


THIS IS FOLKLIFE: UNPACKED

Unpacking Country Music with ethnomusicologist Kathryn Alexander   

Saturday, June 2, 2018 Downtown Tucson, AZ 

1-4pm (3 hours)

 Cost: $45

This course introduces you to country music as a genre, uncovering its politics and ideologies and exploring how it has been used in the service of politics, from its European and enslaved African origins to its use of cowboy as masculine archetype to the development of “alternative countries” such as gay and drag country culture. Exploring the basics of country music, participants will learn how to analyze musical sound and cultural context from an ethnomusicological perspective.  

Bio 

 Kathryn Alexander is assistant professor in the University of Arizona Honors’ College. She holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in ethnomusicology from the University of California, Riverside and has taught at Macalester College and several universities in California. Her teaching and research specialties engage the intersections of music, gender, race, and sexuality in North American Celtic and popular music cultures. Her current work situates queer country music and dance culture as a site for the negotiation of regionally specific nexus of gendered, sexualized, and ethnicized identities. She teaches ethnomusicologically based courses in the arts and humanities.

Ends on July 1, 2018$60.00
$60.00

The Southwest Folklife Alliances announces This Is Folklife, a new educational series designed to share aspects of regional folklife with a wide variety of learners. Classes and workshops offer cultural immersion experiences (Up Close), focused explorations of culture in action  (Unpacked), and skill-based trainings in folklife and ethnography (How To).


THIS IS FOLKLIFE: UP CLOSE

In the Studio with Traditional Artists Alice Manuel and Ron Carlos
Saturday, June 30, 2018
Salt River- Pima Maricopa Indian Community, Maricopa County, Arizona 10am-2pm (5 hours)
Cost: $60, lunch included

This cultural immersion workshop explores traditions of Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community through hands on studio time with two Master-Traditional Artists. 

Ron Carlos, Potter & SFA Master-Apprentice Awardee 2015

Ron is a Master Artist and educator dedicated to the preservation of the traditional paddle and anvil pottery techniques used in the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community. A tradition bearer dedicated to cultural transmission and preservation Ron teaches traditional language and potter at the Salt River Cultural Center Studio. He is also constantly showing pottery and giving workshops throughout the southwest. 

Ron will lead attendees through a presentation about local clays, the clay process and pottery making. Each attendee will try their hand at making their own small clay pot before lunch. 

Lunch will be prepared by local community members who will share traditional food.  

Alice Manuel, Basketmaker & SFA Master-Apprentice Awardee 2017 

Onk Akimel O'odham Basketd were traditionally used for food storage and gathering but now baskets are more of an art form to be collected. Long ago this type of weaving was usually done by women, Alice is one of the last active female weaver that can teach this craft in the Salt River Pima Maricopa Community. She learned how to weave from her mother in law, the late Hilda Manuel, who at the time (1984) was Salt River's last active weaver. Today, Alice is keeping the tradition alive and passing her knowledge down to her daughter and other community members as she was told to do by her teacher, who stated,"we must keep this type of weaving alive, even if women may be of other tribes, as long as they are having O'odham babies, teach them so they can teach their daughters."
In this workshop Alice will do a Basket demonstration w/Q & A. 

This is an incredible opportunity to learn about the Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community through traditional arts!

* Transportation not be provided. 

Southwest Folklife Alliance 2018 Master-Apprentice Award Program Guidelines 

The SFA Master-Apprentice Award seeks to support and encourage the preservation and perpetuation of traditional art forms present and thriving in Arizona. With the goal of strengthening the transmission of community-based traditions in the region, it fosters and supports the critical teaching/learning relationship between traditional artists and their apprentices.

The award supports a master artist or tradition bearer who has identified a qualified apprentice (or group of apprentices) to engage in a one-year long teaching-learning relationship that includes one-on-one mentorship and hands-on experience in a traditional artistic practice. Our highest priority is to support apprentices to learn from master artists within their own cultural traditions. The award can be used to support the master artist, offset costs of raw materials, and support any travel essential to the exchange. SFA will make nine $ 2,500 awards in the State of Arizona in 2018.

Applicants may include but are not limited to a wide variety of traditional artists such as;

Artisans: weavers, basket makers, jewelers, mask makers

Occupational folklife: adobe brick makers, leather workers, iron workers

Oral traditions: storytellers, musicians, poets

Performance: dancers, traditional garments, ritual objects

Applicants must be:

  • United States citizens, lawful permanent residents, or have permission from the U.S. Department of Immigration to work in the United States.
  • Full-time residents of Arizona for a minimum of one full year.
  • Master Artists must be at least 18 years of age. Apprentices must be at least 16 years of age. 
  • Recipients must remain residents of Arizona for the duration of the grant year.

Restrictions regarding grant funds:

Southwest Folklife Alliance award funds may be used for any form of expression that advances the transmission of cultural knowledge such as:

  • Compensation for the Master Artist and Apprentice (s)
  • Travel expenses
  • Materials, regalia, and/or purchase of equipment

Funds may NOT be used for:

  • Presenting or touring.

Artistic project work that does not clearly articulate the apprentice’s educational component.

Program Timeline

  • June 18, 2018- Application Deadline
    • July 16, 2018- Award Notification 
    • July 30, 2018- Award Program period begins
    • June 30, 2019-Award Program period ends
    • TBA-SFA staff site visit

    Master artists’ applications will be evaluated based on how artists demonstrate the following:

  • the artistic excellence of the artists’ work and the cultural community's connection to their art form (60%)
  • the apprentice's level of commitment to the art form and demonstration of readiness (20%)
  • the effectiveness of the master and apprentices proposed work plan (20%)

 Apprentices should be able to demonstrate the following:

  • a minimum of intermediate-level experience in the art form -a high level of potential to become a master artist themselves
  • a commitment to the demands of the apprenticeship

Priorities are given to masters and apprentices within the same cultural community, as well as to underrepresented traditional art forms with few remaining local practitioners.

How to Apply

1) Read all of the guidelines before beginning your application.

2) Applications are available online.

3) Applications must be completed online by the application deadline: June 18, 2018. All applicants must create an artist profile (username and password) on Submittable to complete an application. There is no fee.

4) For more information, questions, or assistance with the online application process contact Leia Maahs, Program Manager, 520-621-4046 or e-mail: leiamaahs@email.arizona.edu. SFA Staff will offer the following support to ensure program standards and goals are met:

Please complete all of your application. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Awardee Responsibilities

Master artists are awarded $2,500.00. Apprentices are awarded $ 500.00 to cover costs associated with the one-year apprenticeship (travel, materials, supplies). Upon award notification, SFA will require an official photo/portrait taken by our staff photographer for promotional purposes. Interviews, filming, and other photo documentation may also be required at the mid-project site-visit or at the end of your project. SFA will have an official photo release form for each member of your project available upon request.

 Key Definitions
Traditional arts: Folk arts, or traditional arts, are forms that are informally learned and passed through a cultural community, rather than in a formal educational setting. Such forms of art reflect community values, experiences, and worldview, and can include such things as crafts, music, and storytelling.
Cultural communities: Communities that are culturally bonded through region, ethnicity, race, religion, gender, age, or occupation, and share customary and artistic expressions within such communities.
Master Artist/ Apprentice Artist: Master Artists are highly skilled practitioners who have learned through traditional means, and are recognized as masters by their peers and their community. Apprentices are practitioners with previous experience in the art form and a desire to advance through one-on-one mentorship; they show a serious commitment to sustaining the art form and its informal practices.