Open Call

Artisan Development Program- 2020-2021 Cohort Openings

North House Folk School

With Funding
Free / No Costs
Grand Marais, United States


Desired Qualifications of Applicants: Four plus years work in one or more areas of traditional Northern craft Experience teaching hands-on craft to groups of a range of ages and backgrounds Prior participation in public showing of work through galleries, exhibits, or public sales Experience in craft education as an intern, apprentice, artist in residence or equivalent preferred Strong communication skills, including comfort speaking with the public and efficient use of information technology Confidence developing strong and positive working relationships with instructors, staff and volunteers Ability to problem solve and think creatively, adapt to changing situations with a positive attitude Documented success managing independent projects and engaging project planning. Ability to work independently and self-motivate towards long and short term goals See full program requirements at:

Number of Participants

2 resident artisans are accepted in the program each year.


Selection Results (Announcement Dates)


February 05, 2020 - December 15, 2021


  • $800.00 stipend (monthly)


Co-Working, Shared Studio, Wood Shop


Private Room, Shared Bathroom


No meals

Public Programs

Community Engagement , Courses, Grant, Mentors, Open Studios, Professional Development


Crafts & Trades, Fiber Arts, Makers, Textile



Program Description

The Artisan Development Program supports traditional craft artisans in realizing their goals. The program of study for artisans includes the following: Craft Study — Engagement with a professional mentor, dedicated studio space, budget for mentorship, materials, and tools Teaching Skill Development — Assisting instructors in courses at North House, independent teaching at North House, completing resource improvement projects to benefit classrooms Professional Development and Public Engagement — Traveling to conferences, festivals, and regional events to build professional networks, sell work, and represent North House, as well as demonstrating and representing program on campus. Participating in artist development trainings and opportunities. International Connections — Assisting in creating opportunities for international instructors to visit and teach at North House; spending several weeks traveling and researching craft in Scandinavia in the second year of the program.

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