The Michigan Traditional Arts Program of the MSU Museum has two initiatives that are currently accepting applications and nominations.
The first is The Michigan Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program. This program awards $2000 grants to qualified master artist and apprentice pairs who apply to work together from February through August. Traditional art forms can include, but are not limited to, music, dance, foodways, storytelling, fiber arts, carving, ceramics, calligraphy, and more. The master artist and apprentice must be residents of Michigan. (Follow this link for a list of past participants)
The application for can be found here.
The second is the Michigan Heritage Awards. These awards are given to individuals or organizations that are nominated by members of their own community as tradition bearers deserving of recognition. The actual Awards Ceremony is held each year in early August at the Great Lakes Folk Festival in East Lansing, Michigan. (Follow this link for a list of past awardees)
The nomination form for artists can be found here.
The nomination form for community leaders can be found here.
All applications are due by December 1, 2015.
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