A great opportunity for makers who practice art forms which stem from longstanding traditions and who enjoy passing their skills on to others: The Vermont Folklife Center is currently accepting applications for it’s 2021-22 Traditional Arts Apprenticeship program. The program is aimed at sustaining and passing down traditional* art forms in the state of Vermont. It supports master artist/apprentice pairs with up to $2,000 of funding toward travel expenses, materials, and the master artist’s time. (Note: Priority is given to pairs focusing on art forms in which instruction is not already widely available in Vermont.)
Applications for the 2021-2022 cycle are now open and are due by September 3rd, 2021. You can access the application and more information at https://www.vermontfolklifecenter.org/traditional-arts-apprenticeship.
If you know of anyone for whom this program might be a good fit, please share it!
If you have any questions or ideas, I’d be happy to discuss them with you!
*VFC defines traditional arts as expressions of shared identity within a family, community, regional, tribal, ethnic, occupational or religious group. These arts reflect the values and aesthetics of the group that practice them. They are passed from generation to generation in an informal face-to-face setting rather than through formal classes. The traditional arts include performing arts such as music and dance, craft arts such as basket making or quilting, occupational trades such as boat-building and blacksmithing, and ceremonial arts related to religion, the seasons, or life cycles.