Beijing opera master artist Xueling Qin (left) coaches learner artist Sarah Xiaoxian Xie (right) during a 2016-2017 Folklife Apprenticeship. Hear more about their experience here. Photo and linked presentation by Edwin Remsberg Photographs.

2021-2022 Folklife Apprenticeship

The Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) has announced that applications are open for 2021-2022 Folklife Apprenticeships. This grant supports traditional arts education through the teaching of skills from a master artist to a learner artist. Grants are $5,000 each, with $4,000 disbursed to the master artist and $1,000 to the learner artist during a one-year teaching period.

Applications are due Friday, January 15, at 5 p.m. Read the Folklife Apprenticeship guidelines and evaluation criteria here.

Begin an application using MSAC’s application system, SmartSimple. Log in to SmartSimple or create a free account at

Maryland Traditions, the traditional arts program of MSAC, has given Folklife Apprenticeships annually since 2004. See a list of past recipients at

Folklife Apprenticeships are distinct from registered apprenticeships offered through the Maryland Apprenticeship Training Program, which supports workforce development.

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