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Maryland State Arts Councils' Maryland Traditions Program Awards FY 2017 Grants

Maryland State Arts Councils' Maryland Traditions Program Awards FY 2017 Grants


To Those Who Preserve and Pass On Living Traditions

April 12, 2016Press Release

Maryland Traditions, the folklife program of theMaryland State Arts Council (MSAC) announces the awardees of both the MarylandTraditions Apprenticeship Awards and the Maryland Traditions Project Grants.


"These awards support exemplars of living traditions by fostering master-apprentice teams that practice folk and traditional arts and traditional occupational skills, and the cultural institutions that seek to preserve the past for future generations," said MSAC Executive Director, Theresa Colvin.


For more than 10 years, Maryland Traditions has cultivated a statewide infrastructure and grant system encouraging folk arts and folklife, with assistance in funding from the National Endowment for the Arts. 


Since the Apprenticeship Award program began in 2004, Maryland Traditions has supported a wide variety of traditional arts. Past apprenticeships have focused on traditional forms such as Irish button accordion, boat building, decoy carving, South Indian dance, metalwork, and Smith Island cake.


MSAC approved seven Maryland Traditions Apprenticeship Awards, totaling $14,000 to master traditional artists to mentor an apprentice for one year, beginning in July 2016.  Each master-apprentice team receives a total of $2,000. These awards help to cover apprenticeship-related expenses to ensure the continuity of Maryland's diverse living traditions.


The Maryland Traditions Apprenticeship Awards jury is comprised of regional folk life experts Maria Gabriela Aldana (Creative Alliance), Junious Brickhouse (Urban Artistry), Dr. Olivia Cadaval (Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage) and Blaine Waide (National Council for the Traditional Arts). 


2017 Maryland Traditions Apprenticeship Awardees:

* Master Captain Ted Williams Daniels and apprentice Ryan Bauer both of Somerset County, for specialty oysterman skills: dredge net and chain bag repair, marlinspike seamanship, knot work, and boat handling and maintenance.

* Master Dale "Simon" Dean and apprentice Mitchell Lake both of Calvert County, for wild oyster harvesting techniques: patent tonging, use of hydraulic equipment, rope rigging, and working in traditional oyster grounds.

* Master Gary Bartz and apprentice Todd Marcus both of Baltimore County, for Jazz performance techniques growing from influences in blues, classical, and other genres.

* Master Joung Sook Park Chae of Montgomery County and apprentice Hyun Seub (Simon) Kim of Howard County, for traditional Korean drumming rhythms and strokes for lead performance or support for Korean folk dance.

* Master Phil Langley and apprentice Joseph Martin both of St. Mary's County, for waterman skills associated with serving as mate on a fishing vessel.

* Master Walter Michael and apprentice Robert Caswell, both of Carroll County, for hammered dulcimer dance music from the Scottish, Irish, southern Appalachian, and New England traditions.

* Master Xueling Qin and apprentice Sarah Xiaoxian Xie both of Montgomery County, for Beijing (Peking) opera techniques focusing on dancing and acting.

In addition, the FY2017 Maryland Traditions Project Grants program appropriated $25,000 to five organizations. Grants are $5,000 per cultural institution. The MarylandTraditions Project Grant program began in 2006 to provide support to non-profits for initiatives that document, preserve and present the state's rich traditional arts and culture.  Funded projects will take place between July 2016 and June 2017.


MSAC approved five 2017 Project Grants for funding. Projects take place between July 2016 and June of 2017.


2017 Maryland Traditions Project Grant Awardees:

* Baltimore Office of Promotion & the Arts of Baltimore City ($5,000): Grant will fund staff in researching, archiving, and launching a new web-based public platform to explore the history and living tradition of the Baltimore Mural Project.

* Creative Alliance, Inc. of Baltimore City ($5,000): Grant will fund Dia de los Muertos Traditions, produced by Creative Alliance and Artesanas Mexicanas, honoring Day of the Dead beliefs and its folkloric art forms through workshops, walking tours, a video documentary, and commissioned altar making.

* Nanticoke Historic Preservation Alliance, Inc. of Dorchester County ($5,000): Grant will fund The Handsell 2016-2017 Native Culture Events series promoting local native culture through cultural interpretation, demonstrations, and workshops at the replica Chicone Village located at Handsell in Vienna.

* Towson University - Asian Arts & Culture Center of Baltimore County ($5,000): Grant will fund the "Karaoke Spring" project illuminating the art and culture of karaoke and engaging audiences in dialogue through an interactive gallery installation and public programs.

* Wide Angle Youth Media of Baltimore City ($5,000): Grant will fund the documenting of the neighborhood traditions of Baltimore City communities through audio and images distributed through FM 88.1 WYPR and preserved through the Enoch Pratt Free Library and the Maryland Folklife Archives.


PHOTO:  FY 2016 Apprentice Team Tyrome Elliott (left) and Ryan Elliott, are members of The Sensational  Royal Lights, a gospel quartet. Ty resides in Catonsville and Ryan, his son, lives in Baltimore.


Media Contact: 

Maryland Traditions Co-Directors: Chad Buterbaugh, 410-767-6450 or Michelle Stefano, 410-767-6570