Folklife Apprenticeships

Clockwise from top left corner: Blues and Black gospel singer Doris Fields (Lady D) performs with her apprentice Xavier Oglesby during their apprenticeship showcase at the West Virginia Humanities Council, old-time banjo player Kim Johnson practices with her apprentice Cody Jordan, Kathy Evans teaches her apprentice Margaret Bruning during their “Sheep-to-Shawl” apprenticeship, and Ed Daniels demonstrates forest farming to his apprentice Clara Haizlett.

*NEW Deadline Extension: Monday, August 8, 2022*

The West Virginia Folklife Apprenticeship Program supports West Virginia master traditional artists or tradition bearers working with qualified apprentices on a year-long in-depth apprenticeship in their cultural expression or traditional art form. These apprenticeships of traditional music, dance, craft, foodways, storytelling, and more—in any cultural community in the Mountain State—facilitate the transmission of techniques and artistry of the forms as well as their histories and traditions. The award amount totals to $3,500; $3,000 to support the master artist and $500 to cover the costs of tools and materials for the apprentice. Artists and their proposed apprentice must apply together. The West Virginia 2022-2023 Folklife Apprenticeship Program will run from September 2022 – September 2023.

Download the Folklife Apprenticeship Guidelines and Application below (Updated 7/27/22):

2022 Folklife Apprenticeship GUIDELINES (PDF)

2022 Folklife Apprenticeship Application (PDF Fillable Form)

2022 Folklife Apprenticeship Application (Condensed Word Doc)

7/27/22 Updates include:

  1. New Deadline to August 8, 2022
  2. Corrected fillable PDF formatting for work sample section


Read posts about the West Virginia Folklife Apprenticeship Program and meet past and current apprentice teams here.


The West Virginia Folklife Apprenticeship Program is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Featured Image Caption: 2017-2018 apprentice Jen Iskow with master Clay County fiddler John Morris