Folk and Traditional Arts
Apprenticeship Grant

What is it?

The purpose of the Folk and Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Grant is to honor traditional artists and encourage the continuation of Kentucky's living traditional arts by funding master artists to teach skills and practices vital to their cultural heritage to less experienced artists within their communities.

Who's eligible?

A master artist, 18 or older, and an apprentice, 16 or older, apply together. Applicant artists must be full-time residents of Kentucky for a period of one year immediately prior to the application deadline, and remain a resident of Kentucky for one year following award notification. A parent or legal guardian signature is required if the apprentice is under 18.

What are folk arts?

The arts council defines folk arts as artistic expression that is shared informally within a folk group, and is essential to that group’s cultural identity. Folk groups include family, regional, ethnic, occupational and recreational groups. Members of a folk group share aesthetics, insider knowledge, language and a similar worldview. Master artists and tradition-bearers are exemplary practitioners of a folk group’s art forms. Their “master” status is determined by other members of the group. Apprentices demonstrate a potential to become masters and commit to learning the art form thoroughly to represent the group’s culture. Examples of folk arts from previous apprenticeships include regional fiddle styles, basket making, ethnic dance, gospel music, etc.

What's the deadline to apply?

Feb. 15, 2018, 4:30 p.m. Eastern time.

How do I apply?

  1. Carefully review the program guidelines.
  2. Select work samples and supporting materials for submission.
  3. Complete the application form and narrative. [Download Adobe Reader]
  4. Mail a printout of your application, narrative and supporting materials.

If I receive a grant, what are my responsibilities?

If I have questions, who can help me?

Mark Brown
Folk and Traditional Arts Director
888-833-2787 (toll free)


Page last updated: August 27, 2018
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