Southern New England Apprenticeship Program

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Southern New England Apprenticeship Program

mentor carves wood while apprentice watches

The Southern New England Apprenticeship Program (SNEAP) helps communities preserve their cultural knowledge by supporting teaching relationships between a mentor and apprentice. The program provides funding to cross-state apprenticeship teams from Rhode Island, Massachusetts, or Connecticut. The teaching and learning of traditional arts, trades, practices, and crafts helps sustain culture that is important to a community. This program supports the learning of living cultural heritage forms that are important to communities. These traditional forms are expressions of community identity and values and are usually taught informally. These traditional forms can include performing arts, crafts, trade/occupational skills, and religious, seasonal, or ceremonial traditions.


Some examples of communities and traditional forms might include:

    Occupation: blacksmithing; mandolin making; hotrod car building; taxidermy
    Ethnicity: iconography; wampum-carving; traditional food-making; cultural wedding practices
    Community: lion dance; santos-carving; liturgical song; hip-hop

The Southern New England Apprenticeship Program has developed a regional network of excellent traditional and occupational artists who actively practice their art forms. For over 25 years, 161 apprenticeships have taken place with more than 500 folk artists participating. A full list of previous apprenticeships can be viewed here.

The Connecticut Cultural Heritage Arts Program at the Connecticut Historical Society manages the program in collaboration with the Folk Arts Program at the Mass Cultural Council and independent folklorist Winifred Lambrecht. Primary funding for the program comes from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Connecticut Office of the Arts/DECD, and other partner organizations.


If you need assistance or have any questions, please contact SNEAP Manager, Philitha Stemplys-Cowdrey or your state’s program director. They are:


Philitha Stemplys-Cowdrey
SNEAP Manager
CT Historical Society
1 Elizabeth St.
Hartford, CT 06105
860-236-5621 x 201
[email protected]

Rhode Island

Winifred Lambrecht, PhD
Rhode Island Folklorist
401-454-6266 (office)
401-864-9006 (cell)
[email protected]


Maggie Holtzberg, PhD
Folk and Traditional Arts Coordinator
Mass Cultural Council
10 St. James Ave.
Boston, MA 02116
[email protected]


The application for the Southern New England Apprenticeship Program is now open for the 2022-2023 program cycle.

Application window open May 1, 2022
Application deadline July 31, 2022
Notification date** September 1, 2022
Time period covered (including public presentation) September 2022 – June 30, 2023
Mentor & apprentice final report due** July 30, 2022

*Please note that dates are subject to change.
**Awards will be distributed in two payments. The first at the signing of contracts, and the second after the submission of the final report to the SNEAP Manager.


Click a link to download an application:

2022-2023 SNEAP Application (Fillable PDF)


2022-2023 SNEAP Application (For Print)


SNEAP Program Guidelines and FAQ

Application assistance and draft review is available through July 15, 2022. To schedule, please contact SNEAP Manager, Philitha Stemplys-Cowdrey at [email protected] or call 860-236-5621 ext. 201.

The postmark deadline for final applications is July 31, 2022.
Applications may be submitted electronically to [email protected] or mailed to:

Connecticut Historical Society
Attn: SNEAP Manager
1 Elizabeth Street
Hartford, CT 06105

This program is funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts and supported by Connecticut Humanities, the Connecticut Historical Society, the Connecticut Office of the Arts (DECD), and the Mass Cultural Council.


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