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Applications for Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program (TAAP) accepted through April 1 - 03/05/19

Applications for Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program accepted through April 1

EUGENE, Ore. – (Mar. 5, 2019) – The University of Oregon’s Oregon Folklife Network is now accepting applications for the Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program (TAAP) for 2019-20. You can download the application and guidelines hereThe program offers traditional/folk master artists and culture keepers a $4,000 stipend to teach their folk and traditional art form to apprentices from their own communities—including Tribes, other cultural groups, and religious or occupational groupsThe stipend supports master artists in sharing their knowledge, skills, and expertise with an apprentice of great promise who will be empowered to carry on and strengthen Oregon cultural traditions.

TAAP is funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Oregon Arts Commission.

2018-19 TAAP awardees currently include traditional Irish singer Brian Hart of Portland; hip-hop emcee Michael “Mic” Crenshaw of Portland; traditional saddle-maker Steve McKay of Burns; West African drummer and dancer Alseny Yansane of Eugene; Zapotec weaver Francisco Bautista-Lopez of Sandy; classical Bharatha Natyam Asian Indian dancer Jayanthi Raman of Portland; Asian Indian Carnatic musician Sreevidhya Chandramouli of Portland; and Cayuse/Nez Perce appliqué beadworker Marjorie Kalama of Warm Springs.

Oregon Folklife Network encourages applications from Oregonians practicing cultural traditions emerging from their heritage or Tribes. This program does not fund historic reenactments or projects by those who practice traditions that are not part of their own cultural heritage, community, or Tribe.

To learn more about application procedures and eligibility or to recommend a TAAP applicant, visit ofn.uoregon.edu, email ofn@uoregon.edu, or call 541-346-3820. Oregon Folklife Network staff members are available to provide application advice and will review and provide feedback on draft applications prior to submission. 

Completed applications are due no later than 5 pm on April 1 at the Oregon Folklife Network, 242 Knight Library, 6204 University of Oregon, Eugene, OR 97403-6204. NOTE: This is NOT a postmark deadline.  

About Oregon Folklife Network

Oregon Folklife Network (OFN) is administered by the Museum of Natural and Cultural History at the University of Oregon and is the state’s designated Folk and Traditional Arts Program. OFN is supported in part by grants from the Oregon Arts Commission, Oregon Historical Society, Oregon Cultural Trust, and National Endowment for the Arts. OFN works to increase public investment in cultural traditions and those who practice them.

About the Museum of Natural and Cultural History 

The Museum of Natural and Cultural History enhances knowledge of Earth’s environments and cultures, inspiring stewardship of our collective past, present, and future. With collections representing millions of years and all of Earth’s continents, the museum is a center for international research on topics in natural history and anthropology. Museum exhibitions are open to the public Tuesday through Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for youths and seniors, and $10 for families (two adults and up to four youths). Reduced admission is available for visitors presenting Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards. Admission is free to members and UO ID card holders. For general information call 541-346-3024.


Latham Wood, Oregon Folklife Network, ofn@uoregon.edu, 541-346-3820

Media Contact: 

Kristin Strommer, Museum of Natural and Cultural History, kstromme@uoregon.edu



Oregon Folklife Network: https://ofn.uoregon.edu/

TAAP Program: https://ofn.uoregon.edu/programs/traditional_arts_apprenticeship_program.php

Museum of Natural and Cultural History: http://natural-history.uoregon.edu

Museum on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/oregonnaturalhistory