FRANKFORT, Ky. — The Kentucky Arts Council is accepting applications until Feb. 15, 2013, for the Folk and Traditional Arts Apprenticeship grant. The grant provides up to $3,000 for master folk artists to teach the skills, practices and culture of Kentucky's living traditional arts to less experienced artists who are part of the same community.

Master artists and apprentices must apply together and both be residents of Kentucky. A master artist can practice any traditional art form (music, dance, craft, ceremonial art, etc.) learned in his or her community.

“The Folk and Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Grant supports master and apprentice folk artists working and studying together and gives apprentices opportunities to advance toward mastery of a folk art form,” said Lori Meadows, arts council executive director. “The program gives recognition to Kentucky’s many cultural traditions and aids in the conservation of the state’s folk arts.”

Master artists and tradition-bearers are exemplary representatives of a folk group’s art forms. Their “master” status is determined by other members of the group. The master artist must excel in the art form and demonstrate an effective teaching plan. The apprentice must possess skill in the art form and the potential to share, teach and continue the art form.

The Feb. 15 deadline is for apprenticeships that will occur between July 1, 2013, and June 30, 2014. For more information about the Folk and Traditional Arts Apprenticeship grant contact Mark Brown, Folk and Traditional Arts Program director, at mark.brown@ky.gov or 502-564-3757, ext. 495. For more information about the grant or to view the guidelines, visit the program website.

The Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency, creates opportunities for Kentuckians to value, participate in and benefit from the arts. Kentucky Arts Council funding is provided by the Kentucky General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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