Montana Arts Council

Folklife

Definitions

Because folklife is an expression of how a people live, it covers a broad area and includes the folk/traditional arts.

Click here to find more about the Montana Arts Council's Folklife Program .

Programs

Montana's Circle of American Masters (MCAM) in the Visual Folk and Traditional Arts recognizes the state's visual folk artists who have created a significant body of work. Guidelines and nomination forms are available here.

Montana Circle of American Masters artists reflect Montana's rich and vital living heritage in the Gallery Showcase of MCAM Artists.

MAP (Montana Artrepreneur Program) offers opportunities for Montana’s folk and traditional visual artists to learn about building a sustainable business in art.

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Resources for the Folk Artist

Strategic Investment Grants for the Arts of up to $1,000 in matching funds are given throughout the year to enable the Council to respond to artists' or organizations' development needs for training, market expansion, public outreach, or emergencies.

Folk and Traditional Arts Apprenticeships encourage the transfer of folk arts through qualifying MCAM artists who teach their art and skills to a dedicated apprentice.

Artists' Innovation Awards honor the innovative ideas, practices, and contributions of Montana artists.

Any person, association, group, or governmental agency may apply for Cultural and Aesthetic Project Grants.

Artists in Schools and Communities Registry lists working artists available for community and school residencies.

State of the Arts Newspaper is published six times a year by the Montana Arts Council. Montanans can receive the newspaper for free.

Folklife Resources for the Public

Discover Montana's rich folk arts heritage in the Gallery Showcase of MCAM Artists. Montana's Circle of American Masters in the Visual Folk and Traditional Arts recognizes the state's visual folk artists who have created a significant body of work.

Download PDF's of posters featuring Montana's Circle of American Masters, including artists' biographies, lesson plans, and smaller images of the artists' work. To order a set of the posters click on this link.

Teachers can find more about folklife in the classroom including lesson plans and activities.

Listen on-line at http://www.yellowstonepublicradio.org/programs/local/mt_treasures.html to learn more about Montana's Living Treasures, the people who preserve the traditions of the past for future generations.

From the Heart and Hand contains descriptions of thirty Montana Folk and Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Awards.

Find out more about a Montana haying technology in this article and photographs on beaverslide haystackers.

This page contains web site links to:

  • National museums, institutions, and programs
  • Folklife education
  • Montana Resources
  • Selected state folklife education programs
  • Showcases

State of the Arts is published six times a year by the Montana Arts Council. Montanans can receive the newspaper for free.

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