Illinois Arts Council Agency Announces Availability of Fiscal Year 2017 Master/Apprentice Program Guidelines 
The Ethnic and Folk Art Master/Apprentice Program (MAP) helps communities preserve their own culture by providing an opportunity for master traditional artists to pass on their skills to a qualified apprentice in a time-honored method. The application deadline for FY17 is December 15, 2016. 

Master artists are recognized within their communities as exemplary practitioners of their traditional or ethnic art forms. Apprentices applying to this program must have prior experience in the art form. The MAP award is a fixed amount of $3,000, and is awarded to the master artist. MAP is made possible with an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Past awards have supported traditional or ethnic art forms as diverse as Mexican son, Lithuanian tile-making, African American quilt and doll-making and Native American bead-work and regalia-making.

Workshops and webinars are scheduled to provide an overview of the application and review process.

For further information about the MAP, please contact Susan Dickson at

The IACA acknowledges ongoing support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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