Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program

The Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program supports the sharing of traditional arts between a mentor and an apprentice. These traditional arts are defined as those artistic practices that have a community base and express that community’s heritage. This includes such communities as ethnic, tribal, occupational, regional and religious groups. The skills are usually learned informally and passed on from one generation to the next by observation and imitation. Among the many traditional folk arts of Oregon are: Southeast Asian dance, Mexican-American embroidery, Americana fiddling, African-American gospel singing, saddle making and rawhide braiding for working cowboys, Native American basket weaving, and Northwest logger poetry. Support for the Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Mentors and apprentices propose a plan and apply together, as a team. If you are interested in applying to the TAAP Program, please read the following informational packet and fill out a free application:

Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program Application

Applications must be postmarked by Monday, March 3, 2014.

If you have any questions, please contact Emily Afanador at: 541-346-3820 or email the OFN at:




2012 TAAP Awardees:

  • Karuk Basketry (Wilverna Reece/Karen Young-Lenk)
  • Umatilla Cornhusk False Embroidery (Michael Johnson/Melinda Broncheau)
  • Warm Springs Cornhusk Weaving (Kelli Palmer/Joy Ramirez)
  • Umatilla Dentalium Piecework (Mildred Quaempts/Modesta Minthorn)
  • Andean Instrument Making (Alex Llumiquinga Perez/Freddy Calla Waiwa)
  • Palestinian Embroidery (Feryal Abbasi-Ghnaim/Hannah & Sherine Abusneineh)
  • Ghanaian Drumming (Obo Addy/Alexander Addy)
  • Folklorico Mexican Dance (Maria de Jesus González Laguna/Blanca León)
  • Chinese Rod Puppetry (Yuqin Wang/Ke [Brenda] Xu)
  • Czech and Slovakian Egg Decorating (Daniela Mahoney/Teresa O’Donnel)
  • Traditional Kalapuya/Coos Storytelling (Esther Stutzman/Salista Williams)
  • Folk and Old-Time Banjo (Mark Ross/Emma Trank)
  • Rajasthani Folk Songs (Nisha Joshi/Shivani Joshi)
Oregon Folklife Network (OFN)
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