New Apprenticeship Guidelines Now Available

Paul Cooper and J.D. Smith, MCC apprenticeship grantees, 2007. Photo by Billy Howard. Sister Faith Riccio (seated) and Ksenia Pokrovsky, MCC Apprenticeship grantees, 2003. Photo by Billy Howard.

Have you mastered a traditional art? Do you want to ensure it is passed on by teaching the next generation? Or do you want to increase your skills, technique, and artistry by studying with a master traditional artist? If so, take a look at our Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program. New guidelines and application forms have just been posted.

Suhas Rao and Tara Anand Bangalore, MCC apprenticeship grantees, 2007. Photo by Billy Howard.

Cross-state Apprenticeships in the Traditional Arts

Boston based Bashkim Braho and Waterbury, Connecticut Albanian Dancers. Photo by Lynne Williamson.

You may know of a traditional craftsman, musician, or dancer with which you’d like to apprentice. If you live in Massachusetts, you can apply for an MCC Traditional Arts Apprenticeship grant. But what if the master artist lives in the neighboring states of Connecticut or Rhode Island? You are in luck. The Connecticut Cultural Heritage Arts Program offers a unique program that supports the learning of traditional (folk) artistic skills called the Southern New England Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program. The beauty of this program is that it’s specifically designed to foster learning across state lines. For example, an apprentice in Rhode island, can study with a master artist living in Massachusetts, and vice versa. The deadline is fast approaching so check out their guidelines by contacting Lynne Williamson, director of the Southern New England Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program.