Oregon Folklife Network

Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program

Traditional arts express a community's heritage and living cultural practices. The Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program (TAAP) recognizes the knowledge and skills of excellent folk and traditional artists. TAAP assists accomplished mentors to pass on their living traditions to promising apprentices of the same cultural heritage and community. A state-level honor of great prestige, TAAP awards are often a precursor for the most excellent traditional artists to become nominated for the National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellowship award.

Communities may consist of ethnic, tribal, occupational, regional and religious groups. Traditional artists tend to learn informally, in small groups or from one-on-one interactions over long periods of time and practice. Community members acquire their cultural knowledge and skills by observation and imitation. Oregon's traditional arts include but are not limited to: 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.

To apply, mentors and apprentices propose a plan and submit a joint application.

Interested? Click on the link below, read over the guidelines, and then give us a call: 541-346-3820

Download the Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program Guidelines

Download the Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program Application. Contact ofn@uoregon.edu for Word format version.

Funding for TAAP comes from the National Endowment for the Arts, Folk & Traditional Arts program and the Oregon Arts Commission. The Fred W. Fields Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation has provided additional funds for 2016-17. Operational support from the Oregon Historical Society and the University of Oregon makes possible this and other OFN programs.

TAAP Awardees


Francisco Bautista Lopez

Sreevidhya Chandramouli

Mic Crenshaw

Marjorie Kalama

Steve McKay

Brian Ó hAirt

Jayanthi Raman

Alseny Yansane


Feryal Abbasi-Ghnaim, Palestinian Embroidery, 2012, 2014, 2017

Tonya Rosebrook, Horse Training, 2017

Azar Salehi, Persian Storytelling, 2017

Sara Siestreem, Hanis and Miluk Coos Traditional Basket Weaving, 2017


Marjan Anvari, Persian Tazhib, 2016

Jack Armstrong, Rawhide Braiding, 2016

Antonio Huerta, Mexican Charrería, 2013, 2016

Roberta Kirk, Wasco Beadwork, 2104, 2016

Anita Menon, Asian Indian Nattuvangam, 2016

Hossein Salehi, Persian Santoor, 2016


Len Babb III, Saddlemaking, 2015

Burns Paiute Tribal Elders, Moccasin Making, 2015

Mic Crenshaw, Hip Hop/Rap, 2015

Pat Horlacher, Silversmithing, 2015

Patricia Whereat Phillips, Traditional Coos, Lower Umpqua, and Siuslaw Stories and Language, 2015

Jayanthi Raman, Bharatha Natyam Indian Dance, 2015


Feryal Abbasi-Ghnaim, Palestinian Embroidery, 2012, 2014

Janice Carraher, Son Jarocho, Zapateado of Veracruz, Mexico, 2014

Roberta Kirk, Traditional Wasco Beadwork, 2014

Alseny Yansane, Guinean Dancing and Drumming, 2014


Antonio Huerta, Cowboy Charro Rope Work, 2013


Feryal Abbasi-Ghnaim, Palestinian Embroidery, 2012, 2014

Obo Addy, Ghanaian Drumming, 2012 (1936-2012)

Michael Johnson, Umatilla Cornhusk False Embroidery, 2012

Nisha Joshi, Rajasthani Folk Songs, 2012

Maria de Jesús González Laguna, Folklórico Mexican Dance, 2012

Daniela Mahoney, Czech and Slovakian Egg Decorating, 2012

Kelli Palmer, Warm Springs Cornhusk Weaving, 2012

Alex Llumiquinga Perez, Andean Instrument Making, 2012

Mildred Quaempts, Umatilla Dentalium Piecework, 2012

Wilverna Reece, Karuk Basketry, 2012

Mark Ross, Folk and Old-Time Banjo, 2012

Esther Stutzman, Traditional Kalapuya/Coos Storytelling, 2012

Yuqin Wang, Chinese Rod Puppetry, 2012