The Southern New England Apprenticeship Program fosters living cultural heritage art skills. The program pairs mentor artists from Rhode Island, Massachusetts, or Connecticut with apprentices from one of the other states. Teaching and learning traditional arts helps to sustain cultural expressions that are central to a community. The program has developed a wide regional network of excellent traditional and occupational artists who actively practice their art forms. Over 24 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.
The application window has closed for the 2021-2022 year of the Southern New England Apprenticeship Program.
|Application window open||May 1, 2021|
|Application deadline||July 31, 2021|
|Notification date||September 1, 2021|
|Time period covered||September 2021 – June 30, 2022|
|Mentor & apprentice final report |
|July 30, 2022|
Before filling out this application, it is important for both mentor and apprentice to meet together and talk about your ideas for this apprenticeship. Without shared understanding of what you plan to do, or why you are doing it, many problems can result.
This application requires information and documents from both the mentor and the apprentice; we recommend gathering all materials and preparing answers before filling out this application.
NOTE: If you have questions or need help with the form, please contact your state’s program director below.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How to Apply: PDF, DOC, or Online
This year we are offering application options. Note: Mentors and Apprentices must talk over their plans before applying. This application requires information and documents from both the mentor and the apprentice.
Download Application for Mentor & Apprentice Teams: These materials are under revision.
Download Application Information & FAQ (PDF)
Apply Online: This portal is under revision.