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FY13 Ethnic and Folk Arts Master Apprentice Program  

 October 15 2012 Deadline for FY13 Ethnic & Folk Arts
Master Apprentice Program


Guidelines and application materials are now available online for the Illinois Arts Council's Ethnic & Folk Arts Master Apprentice Program. Suspended in 2009 as the result of state budget cuts, the IAC was able to reinstate the Master Apprentice Program in FY2012 with the aid of funding received from the National Endowment for the Arts Folk Arts Infrastructure grant program.  Six Master Apprentice grants were awarded in June.  Aided by a continuation in funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, the IAC is pleased to announce the application deadline for Master Apprentice Program for fiscal year 2013. 


The Illinois Arts Council and the 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 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 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, and is awarded to the master artist.


"Illinois is exceptionally rich in cultural heritage and ethnic traditions," says Shirley R. Madigan, Illinois Arts Council Chairman. "Ethnic and Folk Arts Master Apprentice grants help to foster this learning arrangement and sustain the diversity of these traditional art forms."


The deadline for applying to the FY13 Ethnic & Folk Arts Master Apprentice Program  is October 15, 2012. The apprenticeship period will extend from mid-January through August 31, 2013. Guidelines and application materials can be downloaded from the Illinois Arts Council website: Application materials will not be mailed.


If you are interested in applying for a Master Apprentice grant, we suggest that you register for one of two free application webinars being hosted by IAC Ethnic & Folk Arts Program Director, Susan Dickson.  The webinar dates and registration links are listed below:


Tuesday, September 18 at 12:00 pm Central Time

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Monday, October 1 at 5:00 pm Central Time

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For further information about this program, please contact Susan Dickson, Director of Ethnic & Folk Arts, Literature & Presenters Programs, at 312/814-6740, or email





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