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W.Va. Humanities Council Is Looking For Folklife Apprentices

Courtesy Doris Fields

The West Virginia Humanities Council is accepting applications for their 2020 Folklife Apprenticeship Program

This will be the second year the West Virginia Folklife Program is sponsoring the apprenticeship program. The Humanities Council offers up to $3,000 to highly skilled, traditional artists who agree to work with a qualified apprentice.

Apprentices and teaching pairs are encouraged to apply together. Past apprenticeship projects have included fiddlers, salt rising bread bakers, gospel singers and herbalists. 

Each teacher works with their apprentice for a year, meeting regularly to pass on their skills and knowledge. The purpose of the apprenticeship project is to help ensure that the folklife and culture of West Virginia is passed down for future generations.


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