Scholarships

North House Folk School

Open

Grand Marais, MN

North House is a folk school located in downtown Grand Marais, MN with a mission to enrich lives and build community by teaching traditional northern crafts in a student-centered learning environment that inspires the hands, the heart and the mind.

This scholarship is a partnership with the Society of Inclusive Blacksmiths to intentionally support underrepresented people in the field of metalworking and blacksmithing to begin their practice. North House Folk School will cover 100% tuition, materials and accommodation for the Blacksmithing: Women & Non-Binary Session SEPT 2-4th, 2022. This class is for a female, trans or non-binary individual ONLY and will be taught by Elizabeth Belz.

APPLICATION DUE: August 14th, 2022 @ 11:59PM

Course Overview

This three-day class is an introduction to forging for women, trans folks, and non-binary people. Blacksmithing is largely a male dominated field, which is why the instructor, Elizabeth is excited to offer a more femme centered class. If you have little to no experience working with steel and fire this is the perfect class for you. This class will provide an overview of the blacksmithing tradition covering: primary tools, safety precautions, coal forge management, and hands-on experience. Learn how to swing a hammer with patience and finesse so that you can taper, twist, punch, shoulder, scroll and rivet steel. Students will leave with multiple projects. Students ages 14 and up are welcome to participate.

Required Tools

Closed-toed shoes
Hair tie for long hair
All cotton clothing
Optional Tools

Any personal hand tools
PPE (gloves, eye/ear protection)

Pratt Fine Arts Center

June 30th

Seattle, Washington, USA

In partnership with Society of Inclusive Blacksmiths (SIBS), Pratt Fine Arts Center is pleased to offer the Society for Inclusive Blacksmiths Scholarship, an award that provides a variety of educational resources, professional development opportunities, and Pratt studio access to an emerging artist in Washington State. The SIBS Scholarship supports the creation of new work and equips the artist with the tools to advance to the next level in their professional journey. It is available to individuals from a historically marginalized group (e.g., BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, female, or disabled).

The Society of Inclusive Blacksmiths Scholarship will include the following:
-$1,500 credit at Pratt Fine Arts Center to apply towards class/workshop registrations in blacksmithing or
welding and related supply fees, as well as studio/equipment access fees* to be applied over the
duration of the award year, which runs September 1, 2022 – August 31, 2023
-$500 materials stipend paid directly to the artist
-Master level membership at Pratt Fine Arts Center (provides studio access, discounts on classes and
supplies)
-Yearlong mentorship and guidance from the Society of Inclusive Blacksmiths in preparation for a
culminating solo exhibition (optional)
-An exhibit at Pratt Gallery (optional)
-PPE (basic PPE will be provided)

The Crucible

Currently open

Oakland California, USA

The Crucible is thrilled to announce the Society of Inclusive Blacksmiths scholarship for access to our Blacksmithing Department and smithy. The scholarship will cover the full cost of a 15-hour blacksmithing class and will offer a stipend of $1,000 to cover materials fees, travel costs, and time away from work.

To be eligible, applicants must support the mission of The Society of Inclusive Blacksmiths; to build a community that truly supports, encourages, and educates people regardless of constructs of race, gender, gender orientation, sexuality, or physical limitations and be seeking to improve their blacksmithing/metals skills through classes and practice.

One scholarship will be awarded for 2022. Applicant eligibility will be limited to those who have an existing arts practice of some kind and will be able to attend a full series of blacksmithing classes and labs at The Crucible during the time they are offered.

Chicago Avenue Fire Arts Center

Currently open

Minneapolis Minnesota, USA

100% tuition coverage – SIBs fund. This scholarship is made possible by the Society for Inclusive Blacksmiths to increase accountability within the craft and to support diversity in the field of blacksmithing. The SIBs scholarship covers 100% of the tuition portion of your class fee, and you will contribute the materials fee. This scholarship is available to individuals from a historically marginalized group, which includes anyone who identifies as BIPOC, LGBTQA+, female, or disabled. Students must be 18 or older and enrolling in a blacksmithing class.

Desert Metal Craft

Currently open

Tucson Arizona, USA

Please see this brief description and shoot us a message if you’d like to apply. Contact us at info@desertmetalcraft.org

This scholarship is made possible by the Society for Inclusive Blacksmiths to increase accountability within the craft and to support diversity in the field of blacksmithing. The SIBs scholarship is available to individuals from a historically marginalized group, which includes anyone who identifies as BIPOC, LGBTQA+, female, or disabled. The SIBs scholarship is only available for blacksmithing classes and for students 18 or older.

Peters Valley School of Craft

Closed

Layton New Jersey, USA

Peters Valley is an immersive craft school located in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, NJ that provides an educational studio setting for every level of learning. This scholarship is a partnership with the Society of Inclusive Blacksmiths to intentionally support underrepresented people in the field of metalworking and blacksmithing to begin or expand their practice. Peters Valley will cover 100% of tuition of 1 blacksmithing class, the materials fee, room and board for the awardee.

Transportation is not covered to or from Peters Valley during the class awarded.

New Agrarian School

Closed

Bigfork, Montanta, USA

New Agrarian school is partnering with SIBs to offer financial support to students who cannot afford to attend workshops. Please contact the school directly to explain your situation and needs. Please only request what you need so this $1000 grant can support as many people as possible.

"We welcome people of all persuasions at the school, and this year have a specifically "inclusive" workshop. Having people from diverse backgrounds, and people who might not normally participate in workshops attend the school not only benefits those students, but enriches the blacksmithing community as a whole. Diverse perspectives and experience is what makes a community alive, adaptive, and fundamentally creative."