Wyoming Arts Council

Deadline Nov. 2 for folk arts apprenticeships

In support of the state’s diverse folk and traditional arts, the Wyoming Arts Council is awarding a number of apprenticeship grants to artists who strive to preserve their cultural and traditional talents.

These Folk and Traditional Arts Apprenticeship grants are awarded by the Arts Council to financially support the continued participation in traditional practices preserving the cultural heritage of Wyoming.

Previous recipients have shared the arts of overshot weaving, old-time fiddle tunes, Wyoming cowboy music, basketmaking and bead and buckskin work from the Wind River Reservation.

From the artists of Shoshone beadwork to Basque dancing to Scottish bagpipe music, the Folk and Traditional Arts program encourages all those who understand the importance of artistic traditions, as well as the continuation and sharing of these traditions to submit an application.

This year, six grants of $2,000 each will be provided for master artists to teach their skills to qualified apprentices. The apprenticing artist must study with a master that shares a common heritage, whether it is a family, ethnic, occupational, tribal, religious or geographic community.

The deadline to apply for a Folk and Traditional Arts Apprenticeship grant is Nov. 2, 2007.

FMI: Anne F. Hatch, 307-777-7721.

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