Mass Cultural Council believes in the power of culture, and we believe that it’s vital to support the rich folk arts and heritage within Massachusetts communities. One way we do this is through the Traditional Arts Apprenticeships, now accepting applications.
Apprenticeships are a time-honored method by which an individual learns skills, techniques, and artistry under the guidance of a recognized master. Since its founding in 2001, Mass Cultural Council’s Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program has funded over 100 artists in a vast array of traditions, both old and new to Massachusetts.
Recent funded apprenticeships include mentorships in Cape Breton step dancing, design and building of wooden ship’s steering wheels, Cambodian traditional ornamentation, wooden boatbuilding and restoration, West African dance, Mithila and Warli arts, and more.
The deadline for applying is April 12, 2018. Guidelines and applications are now available.
Image: Master artist Emerald Rae Forman (right) and apprentice Elizabeth Kozachek (left) perform at the Massachusetts State House (photo by Brendan Mercure). The duo received a Traditional Arts Apprenticeship grant in Scottish & Cape Breton fiddling 2017.