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New funding, apprenticeships, and applications for Oregon's Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program - 02/17/21


New funding, apprenticeships, and applications for Oregon’s Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program


EUGENE, Ore. – (Feb 17, 2021) – The Museum of Natural and Cultural History’s Oregon Folklife Network has been awarded a $45,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and $35,000 grant from the Oregon Arts Commission. The grants support Oregon’s Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program and other statewide initiatives to promote the state’s folk and traditional artists. TAAP is also funded in part by the Oregon Historical Society.


Oregon’s 2020-21 TAAP awardees are traditional Guinean drum maker and tuner Alseny Yansane of Eugene; South Indian dancer Jayanthi Raman of Portland; Mexican charro Antonio Huerta of Springfield; Zapotec weaver Francisco Bautista Lopez of Sandy; Gospel singer LaRhonda Steele of Portland and Leather worker Clair Kehrberg of John Day. All will be mentoring apprentices from their own culture groups in the traditional forms noted. 


For information on next year’s TAAP application, visit Oregon Folklife Network’s webpage for the Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program (TAAP). The program offers folk and traditional master artists and culture keepers a $3,500 stipend to teach their art form to apprentices from their own communities, Tribes, and religious or occupational groups. The stipend supports master artists in sharing their knowledge, skills and expertise with apprentices of great promise who will be empowered to carry on and strengthen Oregon’s living cultural traditions.


Oregon Folklife Network encourages applications from Oregonians practicing cultural traditions emerging from their heritage or Tribes. This program does not fund historic reenactments or cultural appropriation.


To learn more about application procedures and eligibility or to recommend a TAAP applicant, visit mnch.uoregon.edu/oregon-folklife-network, 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.

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 $6 for adults, $4 for youths and seniors, and $12 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.



Jenna Ehlinger, 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



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