The Traditional Craft Mentorship Program brings skilled practitioners of Appalachian craft together with emerging artists for a period of focused creative study in small groups. This program aims to support emerging artists through mentorship, shared studio practice, and relationship building. It helps preserve and promote traditional craft and ensure that traditional skills are passed down to future practitioners.
Alongside craft instruction, mentors will delve into the historic and cultural context of their subject area. Participants can expect to learn new techniques and to come to understand the relevancy of their craft in the Appalachian region, gaining the knowledge and inspiration to pass these traditions on to others.
We are offering the following two-week-long sessions in 2022:
Cooking: June 12-25
Woodcarving & Folklore: July 10-23
Music & Folklore: November 6-18
Mentorships are tuition-free learning opportunities. Selected applications are given room and board at no cost and are awarded a stipend of $450 to help with travel and materials.
Applications for the Traditional Craft Mentorship Program are now closed. For the latest information about session dates or how to apply, check this website, sign up for our eNewsletter, and follow us on Facebook and Instagram.