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Oregon Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program - Applications Due March 1st - 01/17/17

The Oregon Folklife Network (OFN) is now accepting applications for its Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program (TAAP) for 2017. This program offers master traditional artists and culture keepers a $3,000 stipend to teach their art form to apprentices from their own communities, Tribes, cultural, religious, or occupational group. The stipend pays masters to pass on their knowledge, skills, and expertise to an apprentice of great promise, who is empowered through these lessons to continue carrying on Oregon's traditions.
 
Oregon's many traditional folk arts also include McKenzie River Drift Boat building, Southeast Asian dance, Norwegian cooking and baking, Northwest logger poetry, Native American basket weaving, Middle Eastern embroidery, Irish or old time fiddling, African-American gospel singing, saddle making and rawhide braiding for working cowboys, and more. Recent TAAP awardees have included an Iranian Santoor player, a hip-hop artist, a rawhide braider, and a storyteller from the Coos, Lower Umpqua, and Siuslaw tribes.

OFN encourages applications from Oregonians engaged in these kinds of living cultural traditions emerging from a particular heritage or Tribe. This program does not fund historic re-enactments, DIY revival crafts, or those who practice traditions that are not part of their own cultural heritage.
 
CONTACT US FIRST: Please contact us first if you want to apply. Visit our website, ofn.uoregon.edu, or contact Brad McMullen (ofn@uoregon.edu, 541-346-3820) for more information about your eligibility in the program.

APPLICATIONS: A fillable application can be downloaded at the OFN website: ofn.uoregon.edu. Staff members are available to advise applicants and even help fill out applications.  

DEADLINE: Applications are due at the OFN office by 5 pm, MARCH 1, 2017. Send your complete application package to Oregon Folklife Network, 242 Knight Library, 6204 University of Oregon, Eugene, OR 97403-6204.

This program is funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the Oregon Arts Commission, and by a grant from the Fred W. Fields Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation. OFN is administered by the University of Oregon and is supported in part by grants from the Oregon Arts Commission, the Oregon Historical Society, the Oregon Cultural Trust, and the NEA. The Oregon Folklife Network works to increase public investment in cultural traditions and those who practice them.
 
About the University of Oregon
The University of Oregon is among the 108 institutions chosen from 4,633 U.S. universities for top-tier designation of "Very High Research Activity" in the 2010 Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. The UO also is one of two Pacific Northwest members of the Association of American Universities.

SOURCE: Brad McMullen, bmcmulle@uoregon.edu or phone 541-346-3820

Note: The University of Oregon is equipped with an on-campus television studio with a point-of-origin Vyvx connection, which provides broadcast-quality video to networks worldwide via fiber optic network. In addition, there is video access to satellite uplink, and audio access to an ISDN codec for broadcast-quality radio interviews.

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Folklife Program at the Glenn & Viola Walters Cultural Arts Center (Photo) - 01/09/17

Hillsboro, Ore.--Jan 9--Join folklorist Makaela Kroin for an exciting look at the cultural traditions of Washington & Columbia Counties and the people who practice them. The presentation will be Wednesday, January 25th, at 7:00 PM at the Glenn & Viola Walters Cultural Arts Center, 527 E Main, Hillsboro, OR 97123.

This audio-visual presentation compels audiences to new insights about the "folkway" traditions that make Washington & Columbia counties special. Learn about culture keepers like mariachi musicians, Asian Indian classical dancers, Native American basket weavers, timber workers, quilters, and more; how they learned these cultural lifeways, and how they are actively passing their skills and knowledge through the generations.

Funding for this program comes from the National Endowment for the Arts to the Oregon Folklife Network, Oregon's designated Folk & Traditional Arts Program. The project sends trained folklorists to conduct research in the Portland metro counties of Clackamas, Columbia, Multnomah, Washington, and Yamhill to meet and document culture bearers in the region. Free public programs will be held in each county.

Makaela Kroin, OFN's Program Coordinator, has a Bachelor's Degree in Portuguese & Brazilian Studies from Smith College, a Master's Degree in Information and Communication Science from Ball State University, and a Master's Degree in Public Folklore from the University of Oregon. Kroin served as OFN's Summer Folklore Fellow, co-coordinated OFN's collaborative Folklife Fieldschool (Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs K-8 Academy and the Culture & Heritage Archives), and conducted videographic documentation of several master artists.
Kroin produced an exhibit for the OFN and a documentary highlighting the history and revitalization of hop growing in Oregon. That exhibit is now on permanent display at the Independence Heritage Museum, where it was featured for the 2016 Independence Hops & Heritage Festival. Besides working on the folklife survey, Kroin will continue to document OFN's master artists for the Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program.

For more information about public programs in Clackamas, Columbia, Multnomah, or Yamhill counties, contact Brad McMullen at ofn@uoregon.edu or 541-346-3820.

Please contact Oregon Folklife Network Director, Riki Saltzman, at riki@uoregon.edu or 541-346-3820 with questions about the Oregon Folklife Network or recommendations for traditions, groups, or individual folk & traditional artists to be documented in the Portland Metro area. OFN always appreciates contact information for traditional musicians and dancers, quilters, storytellers, cooks, leatherworkers, fly-tiers, wood carvers, silversmiths, taxidermists, basket makers, and more.

The OFN is administered by the University of Oregon and is supported in part by grants from the Oregon Cultural Trust, Oregon Arts Commission, Oregon Historical Society, and the National Endowment for the Arts.


About the University of Oregon
The University of Oregon is among the 108 institutions chosen from 4,633 U.S. universities for top-tier designation of "Very High Research Activity" in the 2010 Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. The UO also is one of two Pacific Northwest members of the Association of American Universities.

SOURCE: Brad McMullen, ofn@uoregon.edu, 541-246-3820

Note: The University of Oregon is equipped with an on-campus television studio with a point-of-origin Vyvx connection, which provides broadcast-quality video to networks worldwide via fiber optic network. In addition, there is video access to satellite uplink, and audio access to an ISDN codec for broadcast-quality radio interviews.

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