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S.C. Arts Commission Press Releases

Folklife and Traditional Arts Apprenticeships and Grants Available


Jan. 21, 2015

Media Contact:

Milly Hough
(803) 734-8698


COLUMBIA, S.C. – South Carolina traditional artists and nonprofits working in the traditional arts are eligible to apply for the South Carolina Arts Commission's Folklife and Traditional Arts apprenticeship program (for artists) and grants (for nonprofits).


The Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Initiative assists master artists in passing their artistic and cultural knowledge to qualified apprentices, who continue to pursue the art form beyond the life of the apprenticeship. The program provides funds for a master artist's time and for the cost of travel and materials.


An artist or potential apprentice must contact Folklife and Traditional Arts Program Coordinator Doug Peach, (803) 734-8764, by February 14, 2015, to discuss the project before applying. If your project meets the guidelines, Peach will assist in preparing the application. The apprenticeship application process must be completed by March 16, 2015.


South Carolina nonprofit organizations working in the traditional arts may apply for a Folklife and Traditional Arts grant of up to $6,000 to present, produce, document or preserve the state's traditional arts. Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Folklife and Traditional Arts Program Coordinator Doug Peach, (803) 734-8764, before submitting an application. The application deadline is March 16, 2015.


The Arts Center of Coastal Carolina will use a Folklife and Traditional Arts grant to help produce the Taste of Gullah Festival, according to Senior Development Director Linda Bloom. "The Festival (offers) multi-disciplinary performing and visual arts presentations by outstanding S.C. traditional Gullah artists and an exhibition of regional sweet grass baskets. This unique opportunity provides another layer of accessible arts expression, education and preservation of Gullah history, traditions and culture, and (helps fulfill) the Arts Center’s mission to enrich and benefit the community through the arts."


For more information about the apprenticeship or the grant, visit www.SouthCarolinaArts.com or call (803) 734-8696.


About the S.C. Arts Commission:

The South Carolina Arts Commission is the state agency charged with creating a thriving arts environment that benefits all South Carolinians, regardless of their location or circumstances. Created by the South Carolina General Assembly in 1967, the Arts Commission works to increase public participation in the arts by providing services, grants and leadership initiatives in three areas: arts education, community arts development and artist development. Headquartered in Columbia, S.C., the Arts Commission is funded by the state of South Carolina, by the federal government through the National Endowment for the Arts and other sources.