(Trenton, NJ) The New Jersey State Council on the Arts announces the availability of guidelines and applications for its Fiscal Year 2013 Folk Arts Apprenticeship Program. The application deadline is April 4, 2012 and free workshops conducted by Arts Council staff will be offered in various locations around the state for individuals and teams seeking assistance with the application process. (See schedule below).
Folk Arts Apprenticeship grants support the traditional arts and crafts of New Jersey's many different cultural communities, helping talented apprentice artists further hone their skills by working directly with a master artist of a shared community. "The Council has long recognized the importance of supporting these unique customs and the artists who ensure they get passed forward authentically and consistently," said Arts Council Chair Ofelia Garcia. "Sustaining cultural traditions that have been practiced here and around the world for generations has wide-spread positive impact on New Jersey communities helping to strengthen group ties and promote cross-cultural understanding."
Over the last 15 years, the Council's Folk Arts Apprenticeship Program has assisted hundreds of artists who make up a fascinating spectrum of traditional arts and crafts. Some of these apprenticeships have included art forms from the Filipino, Native American, Ukrainian, NJ Pinelands region, Japanese, African American, Puerto Rican and many other cultures and communities. Apprentices may request up to $3,000 to support an intensive regimen of study with a master artist for up to 12 months. The application process requires that each interested folk arts apprentice apply with a master artist as a team by providing artistic work samples, comprehensive, detailed information of their shared artistic cultural backgrounds and their planned scope of work together.
The application workshop schedule is as follows:
--February 17, 2012, 1:00 - 2:00 PM Perkins <http://njsca.pmailus.com/pmailweb/ct?d=UOcCRAAUAAEAAAmaAAXNdg> Center for the Arts <http://njsca.pmailus.com/pmailweb/ct?d=UOcCRAAUAAEAAAqGAAXNdg> , Moorestown, NJ Register: Alan Willoughby 856.235.6488 x304 or firstname.lastname@example.org
--February 24, 2012, 4:00 - 5:00 PM Down Jersey Folklife Center <http://njsca.pmailus.com/pmailweb/ct?d=UOcCRAAUAAEAAA1-AAXNdg> , Millville, NJ Register: Iveta Pirgova 856.825.6800 X2787 or email@example.com
--February 26, 2012, 1:00 - 4:00 PM East Jersey Olde Towne Village <http://njsca.pmailus.com/pmailweb/ct?d=UOcCRAAUAAEAABA4AAXNdg> , Piscataway Township, NJ Register: Eva Walters 732.745.4489 or firstname.lastname@example.org <mailto:email@example.com%20%20>
--March 9, 2012, 2:00 - 3:00 PM Morris Museum <http://njsca.pmailus.com/pmailweb/ct?d=UOcCRAAUAAEAABMxAAXNdg> , Morristown, NJ Register: Maria Gatewood 973.971.3705 or firstname.lastname@example.org <mailto:email@example.com%20>
--March 11, 2012, 2:00 - 3:00 PM Jersey Shore Regional Folklife Center <http://njsca.pmailus.com/pmailweb/ct?d=UOcCRAAUAAEAABXOAAXNdg> , Tuckerton, NJ
--March 25, 2012, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM <http://www.co.middlesex.nj.us/culturalheritage> NJ State Council on the Arts <http://njsca.pmailus.com/pmailweb/ct?d=UOcCRAAUAAEAABeyAAXNdg> , Trenton, NJ Register: Jaclyn Stewart 609.296.8868 X116 or firstname.lastname@example.org <http://njsca.pmailus.com/pmailweb/ct?d=UOcCRAAUAAEAABiyAAXNdg>
Please register for a workshop by contacting the site you plan to attend. On-going individualized workshops are also available. Please call 609.292.4495 with questions or for an appointment. All workshops will be held at accessible sites. Those in need of special assistance should call the Council office two weeks prior to the workshop date at 609.292.6130 or NJ Relay 711.
The New Jersey State Council on the Arts is a division of the NJ Department of State. It receives funding in direct appropriations from the State of New Jersey through a dedicated Hotel/Motel Occupancy fee and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. Since 1966, its volunteer members and professional staff have worked to improve the quality of life in New Jersey by helping the arts to flourish. For more information about the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, please visit www.njartscouncil.org <http://njsca.pmailus.com/pmailweb/ct?d=UOcCRAAXAAEAAAKIAAXNdg> .
Further information regarding the arts in New Jersey is found on an interactive web site, www.jerseyarts.com <http://njsca.pmailus.com/pmailweb/ct?d=UOcCRAAXAAEAAAObAAXNdg> , and available on a toll-free hotline 1-800- THE ARTS.