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ADVANCING THE ARTS ACROSS MARYLAND

Folklife Apprenticeship

Folklife Apprenticeship

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Past Folklife Apprenticeship team Phil Wiggins (left, master) and Junious Brickhouse studied Piedmont blues harmonica. Photo by Edwin Remsberg Photographs. Past Folklife Apprenticeship team Anna Pasqualucci (left, master) and Lisa Penn studied Baltimore screen painting. Photo by Edwin Remsberg Photographs.

Overview

Folklife Apprenticeship grants fund the teaching of skills from a master to a learner artist in folklife, or living cultural traditions. During the study period, a master folklife artist passes down her or his knowledge to a learner in an effort to support the vitality of folklife in Maryland.

In Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 (July 1, 2020 - June 30, 2021), MSAC will accept applications to support as many as ten Folklife Apprenticeship teams in Maryland. Read the Folklife Apprenticeship guidelines here.

All Folklife Apprenticeship applications must be made in the SmartSimple online grants management system. Log in or create a free account at https://marylandarts.smartsimple.com

Folklife Apprenticeships support living cultural traditions and are distinct from registered apprenticeships offered through the Maryland Apprenticeship Training Program (MATP), which supports workforce development. For more information on MATP, visit https://www.dllr.state.md.us/employment/appr/.

 

Timeline

January 2020: Folklife Apprenticeship guidelines are published, and applications become available in SmartSimple

March 2020: Folklife Apprenticeship applications are due

June 2020: Review of Folklife Apprenticeship applications by MSAC staff, expert panelists, and Department of Commerce

July 2020: Applicants notified of status; funds processed for successful grantees

June 2021: Grantees notified of Final Report deadlines

September 2021: Final reports due

 

Past Grantees

Folklife Apprenticeships have been given annually by MSAC since 2004 in direct support of individuals participating in living cultural traditions in Maryland. MSAC documents Folklife Apprenticeship teams in an effort to amplify the stories and advance the careers of folklife artists. The links below illustrate the work of some past Folklife Apprenticeship teams.