West Virginia Folklife Apprenticeship Program

The West Virginia Folklife Apprenticeship Program offers up to a $3,000 award to West Virginia master traditional artists or tradition bearers working with qualified apprentices on a year-long in-depth apprenticeship in their cultural expression or traditional art form. These apprenticeships, offered to masters of traditional music, dance, craft, foodways, storytelling, and more—in any cultural community in the Mountain State—facilitate the transmission of techniques and artistry of the forms as well as their histories and traditions.


Our 2020-2021 Folklife Apprenticeship Program is currently running from March 1, 2020-March 1, 2021. Learn more about our 2020-2021 Folklife Apprenticeship Program teams hereWe are not currently accepting Apprenticeship Program applications. The next apprenticeship program cycle will be 2022-2023, depending on funding.


Read posts about the West Virginia Folklife Apprenticeship Program and meet past and current apprentice teams here.


For more details, eligibility information, and an application, download our Apprenticeship Guidelines and Apprenticeship Application documents.





The West Virginia Folklife Apprenticeship Program is supported in part by an Art Works grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.