Overview

The Maine Crafts Association, in partnership with the Maine Arts Commission, offers a statewide apprentice program for contemporary craft practitioners.

2017 CAP Exhibition

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To close the program, all artists participate in an exhibition. Maine Magazine is the 2017 exclusive magazine sponsor of the exhibition: Masters & Apprentices: Work from Maine’s Craft Apprentice Program

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

The Maine Arts Commission (MAC), in partnership with the Maine Crafts Association (MCA), is implementing a state-wide apprentice program for contemporary craft practitioners. The program offers concentrated peer-to-peer learning experiences for apprentices who demonstrate a commitment to further their abilities as specialized craft practitioners. They will accomplish this through a significant relationship with a master artist. The program will also serve to celebrate the role of the master/apprentice relationship as a way to generate creative entrepreneurship through the cultural sector. It addresses the need for developing sustainability and resiliency in the craft sector by allowing handmakers to acquire new skills, tools and management habits that help them adapt to the changing environment of craft consumers.

The objectives of the program are to provide craft artists with relevant and alternative educational experiences, promote and facilitate craft as a viable career path/small business option, increase the pool of craft makers in the state, and develop and promote peer learning in the Maine craft community. At the end of the program artists will participate in an exhibition at a highly attended venue as part of Maine Craft Weekend. Approximately one year after the completion of the apprenticeship, participants from previous years will reconvene for an “alumni meeting” to discuss outcomes of the program as well to develop networking and foster further mentoring.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION

The annual apprenticeship will last for approximately seven months. Both the master artist and the apprentice will receive an honorarium based on a minimum of one-hundred hours of interaction ($3000 to the master, $1000 to the apprentice). Applicants will apply jointly, and discuss clear goals to be obtained during their time together; create a basic plan for how this will be executed, as well as a proposed budget for the apprentice’s honorarium. Participation in the program will require evaluation surveys, reports and documentation of the pair’s process. Applications will be reviewed by a panel of professionals for a first round elimination; then finalists are interviewed in person with awards/contracts given to two joint applicants.