2017-2018 TAI Apprenticeship Awardees

This year, Traditional Arts Indiana is very excited to have revitalized The TAI Apprenticeship Program. This initiative supports the continuation of cultural practices in Indiana communities by funding up to six apprenticeship pairs each year. This enables apprentices to learn essential knowledge and skills in traditional art forms from master artists.

We would like to announce and congratulate our 2017-2018 apprenticeship pairs!

Tony Artis and Andre Rosa-Artis, Marion County, African drum making

Debra Bolaños and Alejandra Bolaños & Alyssa Calderon, Lake County, Ballet Folklórico and Danza Azteca (Mexican folklore dance)

Daniel Cain and David Guffey, Posey and Vanderburgh Counties, hoopnet making

Larry and Samuel Haycraft, Pike County, hoopnet making

Katrina Mitten and Saiyah Miller, Huntington County, Miami and Great Lakes beadwork embroidery

Jason Nickel and Iris Nickel & Paolo Ansaldo, Brown and Monroe Counties, blacksmithing

Beginning in 2016, TAI director Dr. Jon Kay and Jennie Williams, PhD student in the IU Dept. of Folklore and Ethnomusicology, worked together to design and promote an application, lead informational sessions about applying, and to structure the program itself. As Jennie puts it, “I’m so excited to finally see this apprenticeship program take off in a big way. I’m looking forward to this first round of apprenticeships and to witnessing the program grow to further support talented artists as they pass their traditions on to the next generation.”

This program is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Indiana Arts Commission, and Indiana University’s Mathers Museum of World Cultures.

Questions about the apprenticeship program or application process can be sent to TAI Director Dr. Jon Kay. Contact him via email at jkay@indiana.edu or office phone at (812) 855-0418.

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