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 22 years, 154 apprenticeships have taken place with more than 400 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.
Note: the deadline to apply for the 2020-2021 program has passed. The application window will reopen in May 2021.
|Application deadline||July 31, 2020|
|Notification date||September 1, 2020|
|Time period covered||September 2020 – June 30, 2021|
|Mentor & apprentice final report |
|July 30, 2021|
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.
NOTE: For the 2020 application, the Southern New England Apprenticeship Program is prioritizing applicants that can modify their teaching plans to be in person or through remote instruction, in order to keep people safe during COVID-19. If you have questions or need help with the form, please contact your state’s program director below. Contact:
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--even if they are applying through separate online applications.
Download Application Information & FAQ (PDF)