Folk and traditional ARTS
Folk and Traditional Arts are defined as those artistic traditions characteristic of specific ethnic, religious, linguistic, occupational, or regional groups. These arts are shaped and shared within families, neighborhoods, and communities. They are passed down from one generation to another and learned through on-going participation in community-based activities, and through observation, practice or apprenticeships with elders and masters rather than through classes, books or other means of institutional instruction.
The PCA has established three ways to provide resources and services to the Folk and Traditional Arts field in Pennsylvania:
Program Coodinator, Sally Van de Water
Apprenticeships in Folk and Traditional Arts are grants from the PCA which support the learning of traditional arts within cultural communities across the state. These grants are administered by FolkArtPA at Jump Street in Harrisburg, PA. Each grant award provides funding to a partnership between a master traditional artist and a qualified apprentice, enabling them to work together to share and develop advanced techniques or repertoire. Apprenticeships in Traditional Arts grants are offered annually in both performing or craft traditions. Artists who receive the award are also profiled on the statewide Folk Art Infrastructure website.
2017-2018 Guidelines & Application for Apprenticeships in Folk & Traditional Arts (PDF)
Application deadline: April 24, 2017
ARTS ORGANIZATIONS & ARTS PROGRAMS (AOAP)
Program Director, Charon Battles, (717) 787-1521 or email
The AOAP track supports eligible PA Folk and Traditional Arts organizations that provide programming and/or arts services in Pennsylvania.
The goals of the Folk and Traditional Arts Infrastructure are to document, investigate, present and sustain the folk and traditional art of Pennsylvanians today.This Infrastructure is a system of six independent organizations, covering 32 counties, that form a mutually supportive network. These organizations promote the creation and documentation of folk art of the highest artistic excellence; engage the public in understanding the quality, breadth and diversity of folk and traditional arts across the state; conduct critical discovery fieldwork in under-represented communities; and provide technical assistance for folk and traditional artists through workshops and gatherings.
Traditional Arts Infrastructure Centers
BOTTLEWORKS I ARTS ON 3RD AVENUE
Serves: Blair, Cambria, Indiana, Somerset, Bedford
Phone: (814) 536-5399
COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS RC&D
Serves: Juniata, Mifflin, Montour, Northumberland, Perry, Snyder, Union
Phone: (570) 452-3143
ERIE ART MUSEUM
Serves: Crawford, Erie, Warren
Contact: Kelly Armor
, Director of Education and Folk Art
Phone: (814) 459-5477
Serves: Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon, York
PHILADELPHIA FOLKLORE PROJECT
Serves: Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, Philadelphia
Phone: (215) 726-1106
RIVERS OF STEEL
Serves: Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Greene, Lawrence, Washington, Westmoreland
Phone: (412) 464-4020
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