BY EMMA PEPPER, DIRECTOR OF STRATEGIC NETWORK COMMUNICATIONS, THE HUB
The West Virginia Folklife Program is now accepting applications for its 2020-2021 statewide Folklife Apprenticeship Program. The West Virginia Folklife Apprenticeship Program offers up to a $3,000 award to West Virginia master traditional artists or tradition bearers working with qualified apprentices on a year-long in-depth apprenticeship in their cultural expression or traditional art form. These apprenticeships, offered to masters of traditional music, dance, craft, foodways, storytelling, and more—in any cultural community in the Mountain State—facilitate the transmission of techniques and artistry of the forms as well as their histories and traditions.
Applications for the 2020-2021 apprenticeships are due January 31, 2020.
The West Virginia Folklife Apprenticeship Program will support up to eight pairs of master traditional artists and their apprentices, culminating in a final free public showcase in Charleston in early 2021. Master/apprentice pairs will also hold a free public presentation in their home communities.
The 2020-2021 West Virginia Folklife Apprenticeships will begin on March 1, 2020 and run through March 1, 2021. The next apprenticeship program cycle will be 2022-2023, depending on funding.
The West Virginia Folklife Apprenticeship Program is supported in part by an Art Works grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.