Friday, November 16, 2018

2018-2019 Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Grants Announced

The NH State Council on the Arts is thrilled to announce the awarding of Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Grants to 5 Master and Apprentice teams. Apprenticeship grants help communities preserve their cultural heritage through traditional crafts, music, and dance so that future generations can continue to benefit from them. Apprenticeship grants fund a master traditional artist to teach an experienced apprentice in one-to-one sessions over a period of six to ten months. Nearly every state in the US has an apprenticeship program that is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Here are the 2018-2019 Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Teams:

Photo: Sylvia and Anne practicing accordion music at Sylvia's home in Concord.
Photo by Kayla Schweitzer.

Accordion Music of New England and Scotland
Master Artist: Sylvia Miskoe (Concord, NH)
Apprentice: Anne Baier (Bow, NH)

Photo: Cinnamon Teal Decoy by Fred Dolan.
Photo submitted by Fred Dolan.

Decoy Carving & Painting
Master Artist: Fred Dolan (Strafford, NH)
Apprentice: Paul Spencer (Rochester, NH)

Photo: Sarah May and R.P. at press – "Field printing," Hillsboro 2016.
Photo submitted by R.P. Hale. 

Letterpress Printing
Master Artist: R.P. Hale (Concord, NH)
Apprentice: Sarah May Schultz (Epsom, NH)

Photo: St. Nicholas, Miracle Worker Icon by Marina Forbes, 2016.
Photo submitted by Marina Forbes.

Russian Iconography Painting

Master Artist: Marina Forbes (Rochester, NH)
Apprentice: Sister Fran DeMers (Manchester, NH)

Photo: German "Masterpiece" padlock with key
by Kevin Moreau, 2013. Photo submitted by Kevin Moreau.

Blacksmithing (focus on pre-industrial handmade locks)

Master Artist: Kevin Moreau (Brattleboro, VT)
Apprentice: Thomas Boucher (Northwood, NH)