Folklife Apprenticeship Program

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

The West Virginia Folklife Apprenticeship Program offers up to a $3,000 stipend 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—aim to facilitate the transmission of techniques and artistry of the forms as well as their histories and traditions.

We are not currently accepting apprenticeship applications. Our next apprenticeships will be offered 2019-2020, pending grant funding.

Meet our 2017-2018 apprenticeship teams here.

For more details, eligibility information, and an application, download our 2017-2018 Apprenticeship Guidelines and Apprenticeship Application documents below.




The West Virginia Folklife Apprenticeship Program is supported in part by an Art Works grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.