FRANKFORT, Ky. — Six Kentucky master artists will receive Folk and Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Grants from the Kentucky Arts Council to provide training to apprentices in traditional art forms during the course of the next year.

The Folk and Traditional Arts Apprenticeship grant provides up to $3,000 to a Kentucky master traditional artist to teach skills, practices and culture to a less experienced artist from the same community to aid in the conservation of the state's folk art forms.

The fiscal year 2014 apprenticeship grants are as follows:

  • Bent willow furniture maker George Beard, of Murray, will teach Justin Roberts, of Murray. Grant: $3,000.

  • Stringed instrument maker Douglas Naselroad, of Winchester, will teach Mike Slone, of Mousie. Grant: $2,981.

  • Storyteller Pamela Holcomb, of Putney, will teach Theresa Osborne, of Bledsoe. Grant: $3,000.

  • Traditional African-American gospel musician John Edmonds, of Bowling Green, will teach Devon Satterfield, of Bowling Green. Grant: $3,000.
  • Quilter Patricia Brennan, of Fort Thomas, will teach Helen Bailey, of Cold Spring. Grant: $3,000.

  • Pipa player Hong Shao, of Nicholasville, will teach Yuyao Ding, of Louisville. Grant: $3,000.

For more than 20 years, the Folk and Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Grant has supported a wide variety of traditional art forms practiced in Kentucky, including square-dance calling, jazz music, Chinese traditional dance, fiddling, drumming and basket making.

"These grants allow the arts council to support the conservation and continuation of art forms that have had a major influence on Kentuckians' way of life," said Lori Meadows, arts council executive director. "There are art forms found regionally and locally within the state's many communities. The willingness of Kentucky master artists to share their skills to continue the practice of these art forms means they will continue to be celebrated as an important part of our state culture."

Folk and Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Grants are awarded annually by the arts council. For more information about the grant application process, contact Mark Brown, folk and traditional arts program director, at mark.brown@ky.gov or 502-564-3757, ext. 495.

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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