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New Jersey State Council on the Arts accepting applications for Folk Arts Apprenticeship Program

Wednesday, February 8, 2012   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Lorraine Cashman
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(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 <>
Center for the Arts
<> ,
Moorestown, NJ
Register: Alan Willoughby
856.235.6488 x304 or

--February 24, 2012, 4:00 - 5:00 PM
Down Jersey Folklife Center
<> ,
Millville, NJ
Register: Iveta Pirgova
856.825.6800 X2787 or

--February 26, 2012, 1:00 - 4:00 PM
East Jersey Olde Towne Village
<> ,
Piscataway Township, NJ
Register: Eva Walters
732.745.4489 or

--March 9, 2012, 2:00 - 3:00 PM
Morris Museum
<> ,
Morristown, NJ
Register: Maria Gatewood
973.971.3705 or

--March 11, 2012, 2:00 - 3:00 PM
Jersey Shore Regional Folklife Center
<> ,
Tuckerton, NJ

--March 25, 2012, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
NJ State Council on the Arts
<> ,
Trenton, NJ
Register: Jaclyn Stewart
609.296.8868 X116 or

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.

Media Contact:
Allison Tratner

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
<> .

Further information regarding the arts in New Jersey is found on an
interactive web site,
<> , and
available on a toll-free hotline 1-800- THE ARTS.

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