Folklife Apprenticeships

2017-2018 apprentice Jen Iskow with master Clay County fiddler John Morris

The West Virginia Folklife Apprenticeship Program offers up to a $3,000 award to 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, offered to masters 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.

Our 2020-2021 Folklife Apprenticeship Program is currently running from March 1, 2020-March 1, 2021. Learn more about our 2020-2021 Folklife Apprenticeship Program teams here.

The next apprenticeship program cycle will run 2022-2023. A new application will be available in June 2022. Follow West Virginia Folklife on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook to stay in touch when we announce the start of the application window.

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 an Art Works grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.