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Naomi Winston Scholarship in Art

The New York chapter of the National Society of Arts & Letters facilitates the Naomi Winston Scholarship in Art for young visual artists living in New York State and for nearby states that do not have a NSAL chapter.  We accept scholarship applications for artists living in New York and Rhode Island.  If you live in another state, check the national NSAL website to determine where to send your application materials.

To Apply

Please read the directions carefully on the Scholarship Application page. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Applications are due by February 1, 2016.

The Naomi Winston Scholarship in Art

In honor of Naomi Winston, an annual scholarship has been established and made available, through the National Society of Arts and Letters, to young visual artists between the ages of 16 and 22. Applicants must demonstrate exceptional talent and promise of future success. The scholarship funds are only for private study, for special training or for personal advancement in the applicant’s art medium. They can be used for workshops, museum programs, summer programs, etc. The funds are not for college tuition, housing or travel. The maximum amount awarded to an applicant is $5,000. In most years as many as eight to ten scholarships are awarded in varying amounts.

The National Society of Arts & Letters

The National Society of Arts & Letters is a not-for-profit organization that encourages and provides financial assistance to talented young artists at the beginning of their careers. Founded over sixty-five years ago in Washington, D.C., NSAL is comprised of twenty local chapters representing all regions of the United States. Members of NSAL are men and women engaged professionally in the arts, or who want to actively support the work of young artists.


Deadline 2/1/2016
Contact Name Peter Tucker
Contact Email winstonscholarship@gmail.com
Website http://winstonscholarship.webs.com/

Calling All Folk Artists and Folk Arts Professionals: Professional Development Workshop

ArtsWestchester’s Folk Arts Program invite you to join us, along with will with Eileen Condon, New York Folklore Society Representative for a


New York Folklore Society Mentoring and Professional Development monetary awards are there for you—all year round on a rolling deadline.

The New York Folklore Society (www.nyfolklore.org) offers many forms of service to traditional artists in New York State, but one of the most immediately gratifying opportunities is its longstanding Mentoring and Professional Development awards program.  M&PD awards are the fast track for folk artists to get the funding to take their own artistic practices to the next level by working with a mentor.  Whatever genre of folk art you practice—textiles, dance, instrumental music, drumming, singing, farming—New York Folklore Society can support your passing this art form on to a serious student, or learning more yourself from an esteemed elder / mentor in your tradition.  And since half of what runs the vehicle we call folk arts is administrative skill—artists practicing the best self-management strategies, and nonprofit arts workers building better business know-how—that part of our work is covered as well.

Decide what you need to learn in folk arts or folk arts management—who will teach you, what conference would benefit you the most—contact Eileen to talk it through, fill out a concise grant application, and NYFS will do its best to make your mentorship or professional development experience happen within a very short turnaround (typically 1 or 2 months from application date).

When: Monday, November 16, 2015 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Where:  ArtsWestchester, Main Gallery
31 Mamaroneck Avenue
White Plains, NY 1060
Click here to RSVP 



EILEEN CONDON, NYFS New York City Regional Representative holds a PhD in Folklore from the University of Newfoundland and is a resident of Queens, NY. Prior to her appointment as New York City Regional Representative, Eileen served as the Acquisitions Editor for Voices: The Journal of New York Folklore, (2008–2012). Eileen Condon is the primary contact person for New York metropolitan area requests for Mentoring and Professional Development exchanges. She is available to speak to your group regarding Mentoring and Professional Development guidelines and the application process. For further information, contact her at econdon@ctmd.org or (347) 205-0053. For program specifics, visit the Mentoring and Professional Development Program pages.


Is Project Ongoing? yes
Deadline 12/31/2015
Contact Name Eilleen Condon
Contact Email econdon@ctmd.org
Website http://www.nyfolklore.org/progs/mentor.html