The Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program is designed to encourage the survival, continued development, and proliferation of our state’s diverse folklife traditions, especially those that are rare or endangered. Funding is awarded to eligible teams of master artists and apprentices committed to preserving, through one-on-one training, a traditional art form deeply rooted in their community and cultural heritage. Such practices include traditional music, visual art, crafts, dance, foodways, calendar and life-cycle customs, and occupational skills. Traditional art forms are those learned and passed down informally by imitation, word of mouth, or observation and performance in cultural communities that share family, ethnic, tribal, regional, occupational, or religious identity. Masters and Apprentices are selected by a panel of specialists in traditional arts and folklife.
2018 Masters and Apprentices
Willie Artison, master, and Kenneth Artison, apprentice. African-American Gospel Music. Memphis, TN.
R.L. Boyce, master, and Kesha Burton, apprentice. Fife and Drum. Brownsville, TN.
Malvina Carrera, master, and Angela Webb, apprentice. Panamanian Pollera Dressmaking. Knoxville, TN.
Michael DeFosche, master, and Trenton Caruthers, apprentice. Cumberland Plateau Fiddling. Whitleyville, TN.
Manuel Delgado, master, and Ava Delgado, apprentice. Stringed Instrument making. Nashville, TN.
Louis Frazor, master, and Daniel Rothwell, apprentice. Square Dance Calling. Shelbyville, TN.
Thomas Maupin, master, and Jake Fennell, apprentice. Buck Dancing. Murfressboro, TN.
Mark Newberry, master, and Malika Scheu, apprentice. Chairmaking. Red Boiling Springs, TN.
Sue Williams, master, and Michelle Hennessee, apprentice. White Oak Basketmaking. Morrison, TN.
2017 Masters and Apprentices
Jean Horner, master and Austin Derryberry, apprentice. Fiddle Making. Westel, TN.
Jack Martin, master and Jack Tipton, apprentice. Broommaking. Selmer, TN.
Thomas Maupin, master and Courtney Williams, apprentice. Buck Dancing. Murfressboro, TN.
Kofi Mawuko, master and Dermarland Dean, apprentice. Ghanaian Drumming. Chattanooga, TN.
Billy Ramirez, master, Rachel Rodriguez, apprentice and Khe Crutcher, apprentice. Afro-Caribbean Congas. Antioch, TN.
Sally Wells, master and Madison Dean, apprentice. Choctaw beadwork. Smyrna, TN.
Sue Williams, master and Brenda Kucharski, apprentice. White oak basketmaking. Morrison, TN.
James Wood, master and Ben Ayers, apprentice. Traditional Fiddle-guitar accompaniment. Shelbyville, TN.