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Maine Folklife Center

NAFOH Creative Arts Award

Narrative Art tells a story.

It uses the power of the visual image to ignite imaginations, evoke emotions and capture universal cultural truths and aspirations.

What distinguishes Narrative Art from other genres is its ability to narrate a story across diverse cultures, preserving it for future generations.

Lucas Museum of Narrative Art

  • Award around $400
  • Applications due: January 31, 2018
  • Project completion date: April 10, 2018

Are you good at telling a story with your art? The NAFOH Creative Arts Award from the Maine Folklife Center (MFC) in collaboration with the Department of Art is looking for applications from UMaine student artists interested in interpreting oral history from the Northeast Archives of Folklore and Oral History (NAFOH).

The basis of the art project will be an interview that the Awardee has selected from NAFOH to interpret. The format of the interpretation is up to the Awardee and could, for example, be in the form of a short graphic novel, a painting, or a sculpture. One of the most famous (and lengthy) examples of this type of translation of oral history to art is Maus by cartoonist Art Spiegelman.

At the conclusion of the project the Awardee will give a public presentation and exhibit their resulting work. NAFOH and the MFC retain the right to exhibit (physically and digitally) the project for one year after the first public exhibition.

The Awardee will be chosen by committee from the application pool. Submit applications to Katrina Wynn.

The NAFOH Creative Arts Award is supported by the Maine Folklife Center.


NAFOH Creative Arts Award Application

Deadline January 31, 2018