The Illinois Arts Council and the Ethnic & Folk Arts Master Apprentice Program recognize the vital role of the master artist/apprentice relationship in the preservation of the state's cultural heritage. The IAC's Ethnic & Folk Arts Master Apprentice Program helps communities preserve their own culture by providing an opportunity for master traditional artists to pass on their skills to a qualified apprentice in a time-honored method. Past awards have supported traditional or ethnic art forms as diverse as East Indian dance, split wood baskets, Chinese drum and bell music, fish net making, Ukrainian pysanky, and Illinois fiddle traditions.
Master artists are those who are recognized within their communities as exemplary practitioners of their traditional or ethnic art forms. Apprentices applying to this program should have prior experience in the art form. The Master Apprentice award is a fixed amount of $3,000, awarded to the master artist.
The Ethnic & Folk Arts Master Apprentice Program workshop will provide:
- a review of the program guidelines
- tips for creating good documentation
- tips for organizing a work plan
- tips for writing a strong narrative
- a question and answer period