Apprenticeships in 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
participation in community-based activities, and through observation,
practice or apprenticeships with elders and masters rather than
classes, books or other means of institutional instruction.
Apprenticeships are grants from the Pennsylvania Council
on the Arts (PCA) which support the learning of folk and traditional
arts. These grants are
administered for the PCA by FolkArtPA at Jump
Street in Harrisburg, PA.
Each grant award provides funding to a partnership
between a master artist and a qualified apprentice, enabling them to
work together in a year-long
learning experience to allow for in-depth
learning that encompasses the context of the culture and the development
of a mentoring relationship as well as
the acquisition of techniques
Apprenticeships are offered annually in BOTH performing
or craft traditions. The program awards of up to $4,000. Artists who
receive the award are also
profiled on the statewide Folk Art
Infrastructure website (www.folkartpa.org).