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Kentucky Arts Council offers apprenticeship program in folk traditions

FRANKFORT, Ky. — The Kentucky Arts Council is accepting applications until March 15, 2010, for the Folk and Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program. The grant program offers funding support for master folk artists to teach the skills, ways 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 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 master artist must have a high degree of excellence in the art form and demonstrate an effective teaching plan. The apprentice must have a proficient skill level in the art form and the potential to share or teach the art form and achieve mastery.

For more information about the Folk and Traditional Arts Apprenticeship grant program, contact Mark Brown, Kentucky Folklife Program, at mark.brown@ky.gov or 502-564-1792, ext. 4491. To access guidelines and an application, go to http://artscouncil.ky.gov/guide/prog4/faa_gdl.html.

The Kentucky Folklife Program, an interagency program of the Kentucky Historical Society and the Kentucky Arts Council, identifies documents and conserves the state's diverse cultural traditions.

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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