Illinois Arts Council Agency Announces Availability of Fiscal Year 2020 Master/Apprentice Program Guidelines 
The Ethnic and Folk Arts Master/Apprentice Program (MAP) acknowledges and supports the mentoring relationship that develops between a master artist and their apprentice over time. 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 the FY20 MAP is Sunday, December 15, 2019.
Master artists are recognized within their community as an exemplary practitioner of their traditional folk or ethnic art form as well as being an important repository for the wisdom and knowledge of their ancestors. Apprentices applying to this program who have no prior experience in the art form will be considered a low priority. 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 Guatemalan marimba, hammered dulcimer playing technique, African storytelling, and classical Indian dance styles.
A webinar is scheduled for Wednesday, November 20, 2019, beginning at 11:00 AM and will provide an overview of the application and review process. Participation in the webinar is not required, but may be useful.
Participation in the webinar requires pre-registration. Go here to register for the MAP webinar.
For further information about the MAP Program, please contact Susan Dickson by email:  or by phone: 312-814-6740.

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

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