Craft at Risk and the Heritage NL Mentor-Apprentice Program

Newfoundland and Labrador is known for its traditions and culture, heritage skills, arts, and crafts. But how many people do you know who can run a birch broom, weave a basket, or turn a wooden rolling pin? At one point, makers of these types of objects were commonplace in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Concerned about the loss of traditional know-how, Heritage NL is working to document crafts at risk and to develop ways to encourage the sharing of heritage skills.

Media Release – January 12, 2022


Heritage NL Craft at Risk List 2021

The Heritage NL Craft at Risk List 2021 is a joint project of the Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador (Heritage NL) and the Craft Council of Newfoundland and Labrador, which aims to assess the current viability of traditional heritage crafts in Newfoundland and Labrador, and to identify those crafts which are most at risk of disappearing.

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Heritage NL Mentor-Apprentice Program

The Heritage NL Mentor-Apprentice Program is a one-on-one immersion program that provides funding up to $10,000 to support the teaching of endangered crafts and skills from an established mentor to an apprentice craftsperson or tradesperson. The craft or skill funded must be listed as critically endangered or endangered on Heritage NL Craft at Risk List 2021.

Applicants may only have one outstanding project at a time. Remaining funding for the Mentor/Apprentice program is extremely limited. Heritage NL will be funding no more than four projects as part of its final April deadline. Priority will be given to critically endangered forms with few remaining practitioners.

Deadlines for applications:
Deadline has passed. Successful applicants will be notified by the end of April.

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For more information contact or call Dale Jarvis at 709-739-1892 x1