The Vermont Folklife Center is pleased to announce the continuation of the Vermont Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program for its twenty-fourth year.
This program was initiated to support Vermont’s living cultural heritage and provides stipends of up to $2000 as honoraria and to cover such expenses as materials and travel. Under the auspices of the program, traditional arts such as Blacksmithing, Abenaki basket making, Franco American singing, and Bhutanese Nepali folk dancing have received support.
A traditional arts apprenticeship brings teachers and learners together who share a common commitment to keeping these art forms alive. It pairs a community-acknowledged master artist who has achieved a high level of expertise in his or her art form with a less-experienced apprentice. The master and apprentice jointly plan when, where, and what they expect to accomplish over the course of the apprenticeship. Apprenticeship schedules reflect the time constraints of both master and apprentice and range from short-term, intensive sessions to meetings spread over the course of a year.
With funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, the over three hundred apprenticeships supported during the first twenty-three years of the program represent a broad spectrum, from the arts of Abenaki, Yankee, and Franco American regional cultures, to the arts of Somali Bantu, Burundian, Tibetan, Bosnian, Bhutanese Nepali and other New American communities.
Information and application forms for the Vermont Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program are available from the Vermont Folklife Center, 88 Main Street, Middlebury, VT 05753, (802) 388-4964 or online .
The deadline for applications for this year’s program is Friday, July 28th.
The Vermont Folklife Center's mission is to broaden, strengthen, and deepen our understanding of Vermont and the surrounding region; to assure a repository for our collective cultural memory; and to strengthen communities by building connections among the diverse peoples of Vermont.