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Traditional Arts Apprenticeship (Ohio)

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    Funder Type

    State Government

    IT Classification

    C - Funds little to no technology


    Ohio Arts Council


    The Traditional Arts Apprenticeship program provides support for master artists to work with apprentices to build understanding and proficiency in folk and traditional art forms. By pairing exemplary practitioners of traditional art forms with dedicated apprentices, this program allows for concentrated study and cultural exchange. Traditional Arts Apprenticeship awards support the teaching and sharing of important cultural traditions, and enrich the lives of people throughout the state. 

    Applications are accepted for apprenticeships in all forms of traditional arts, including traditional music and instrument making, sacred and secular crafts, occupational traditions, folk and ethnic dance, and traditional arts associated with annual celebrations.

    The Traditional Arts Apprenticeship program supports study and collaboration between qualified apprentices and master artists. The program pairs a master artist with a dedicated apprentice in an intensive, yearlong, learning experience. Apprentices learn directly by observing, imitating, and refining their artistic work based on the critique of the master artist. Skills are typically learned directly through observation and imitation, rather than through classes, books, or other means of instruction. The sharing of the cultural importance and history of the art form is also important to a successful apprenticeship.


    History of Funding

    None is available.

    Additional Information

    Traditional arts are part of the cultural heritage of a group of people whose members share a common ethnic heritage, language, religion, occupation, or geographic region. Master artists and apprentices apply together to this program. Master artists should have achieved a high level of skill in a particular traditional art form, be regarded as masters by their peers, and have learned and developed their skills within a traditional context. Apprentices should demonstrate interest and competency in the art form prior to the apprenticeship, strong motivation to learn the nuances of the tradition, and a commitment to carry the tradition on in the future.

    An apprenticeship work plan should allow for in-depth learning that encompasses the context of the culture, the development of a mentoring relationship, and the acquisition of both techniques and artistry. The master artist is responsible for monitoring the apprentice's progress as outlined in the application work plan. The apprenticeship must include a minimum of 50 hours of direct, one-on-one instruction, provided via a number of sessions (typically bi-weekly or monthly), and conducted over the course of a year. During the yearlong apprenticeship period, a site visit will be made by OAC staff or a folklorist to document the teaching/learning process. Photographs of the session may be taken and recorded interviews may be conducted. In addition, the master artist and apprentice are expected to give a joint community presentation near the end of the apprenticeship period (e.g., performing at a public event, offering a master class, holding an open studio session, or exhibiting at a local library or gallery), which must occur in Ohio

    Activities that Traditional Arts Apprenticeship funds cannot be used for include apprentice stipends, apprentice travel (either in state or out of state), master out of state travel, and ongoing class or educational expenses. 


    Katie Davis

    Katie Davis
    30 E. Broad Street, 33rd Floor
    Columbus, OH 43215-3414

  • Eligibility Details

    Apprentices must live in Ohio; master artists may live in another state if there is no suitable artist in Ohio. Both masters and apprentices must be U.S. citizens or permanent resident aliens, and must have lived in the country for at least eight months prior to the deadline.

    Deadline Details

    Applications are to be submitted by March 15, annually.

    Award Details

    Master artists may request up to $4,000 to work with one, and if appropriate, two, apprentices. At least 50 percent of the request must be used for master artist honoraria. No match is required. 

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