Gospel quartet vocalists Tyrome and Ryan Elliott of Baltimore County, pictured left to right, were recipients of a 2015-2016 Apprenticeship Award. Ryan is the fourth generation of his family to participate in the gospel tradition. Photo by Edwin Remsberg Photographs.
Apprenticeship Awards support up to one year of study in folklife, or living cultural traditions. During the study period, a master folklife practitioner passes down her or his knowledge to an apprentice in an effort to support the vitality of folklife in Maryland. Apprenticeships may focus on performance-based forms of folklife, such as storytelling, music, or dance; material forms of folklife, such as craft, costume, or food; or occupational forms of folklife, such as those found in maritime, agricultural, or architectural traditions.
Eligible Apprenticeship Award applicants are those who have resided in Maryland for at least six months and have some previous connection to folklife. Master folklife practitioners must be recognized as such by the members or their community, and apprentice folklife practitioners must demonstrate basic skills in the proposed course of study. Apprentice folklife practitioners must also demonstrate a commitment to practicing the form of folklife at hand after the conclusion of the apprenticeship.
Download this year’s guidelines and application from the blue-green box above. For more information, contact Maryland Traditions Director Chad Edward Buterbaugh at 410.767.6450 or firstname.lastname@example.org.