For the past ten years, eight experienced masters have been awarded Virginia Folklife Apprenticeships and paired with eager apprentices for a one-on-one, nine-month learning experience that helps ensure that a particular art form is passed on in ways that are conscious of history and faithful to tradition.
Spanning regions and disciplines, these recipients embody Virginia folklife in all its richness and diversity.
Applications for Virginia Folklife Apprenticeships are welcome in all forms of Virginia’s traditional, expressive culture—from decoy carving to fiddle making, from crab-trap building to quilt stitching, from apple butter making to old time banjo playing, from African-American gospel singing to Cambodian-American costume making.
For the 2012-2013 cycle, the Apprenticeships will begin on September 1, 2012 and run through May 31, 2013; the application period has been extended, with applications now accepted (postmarked) by August 15, 2012. Earlier applications are especially welcome.
For complete details download our Guidelines & Application.