2004 Grant Awards: Folk Arts Infrastructure
Some details of the projects listed below are subject to
change, contingent upon prior Endowment approval.
Alabama Folklife Association, Inc.
To support the executive director's position and related costs.
Responsibilities include creation of an Alabama Community Scholars
Institute and the establishment of partnerships with federal and
state organizations to document and present folk arts in various
Alliance for California Traditional Arts
To support the Traditional Arts Development Program. The program
will consist of a mentoring and professional development; a
gathering of organizations, artists, and funders; and partial
support of the executive director and administrative assistant
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Council on the
To support continuation of the Folk Arts Support Centers. The
project will expand outreach into underserved regions of the state,
and will develop strategies to increase public participation in and
awareness of the folk and traditional arts.
Division of the Arts, Louisiana Department of Culture,
Recreation, & Tourism
Baton Rouge, LA
To support Phase VII of Louisiana Voices. The program offers both
high- and low-tech resources that provide teachers with folk
arts-based lessons and strategies to meet Social Studies and
English Language Arts content standards.
Florida Division of Historical Resources
To support a statewide outreach coordinator's postion and related
costs. Activities will include the Florida Folklife Apprenticeship
Program, Folklife Days, the Exploring Florida Folkife library
programs, and the Voices of Florida radio series.
Idaho Commission on the Arts
To support the Idaho Artistic and Cultural Traditions project. A
lead folklorist, students, and community members will conduct
surveys to identify and document underserved folk arts and artists
in ten counties that comprise southwest Idaho.
To support Traditional Arts Indiana, a statewide program dedicated
to the identification, documentation, presentation, and promotion
of traditional arts and artists of Indiana. Activities will include
public presentations and fieldwork but will focus primarily on an
expanded apprenticeship program.
Institute for Community Research, Inc.
To support a series of programs designed to expand documentation
and presentation of Connecticut's folk arts. Traditional artists
will receive technical assistance in documenting and archiving
their traditional art forms, and community histories and
community-based cultural programming will be developed.
Kentucky Arts Council
To support a folklorist position and related costs. Related
activities will include a Community Scholars Program, an
interactive Web site, and the development of a statewide folklife
Maine Arts Commission
To support the Traditional Arts Apprenticeship program. The
program will bring recognition to local artistic traditions and
will honor and support master artists who continue to practice
Maryland State Arts Council
To support the fourth year of Maryland Traditions. Through this
project, folklorists are placed in cultural institutions that serve
rural and underserved regions presently challenged by demographic
and cultural shifts.
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI
To support the Michigan Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program
and related costs. Funding for the program will also support
research, documentation, and public presentations, including an
exhibition and publication.
Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation
To support a traditional arts program associate position and
related costs. Core activities include fieldwork to identify
traditional artists and their needs; integration of fieldwork into
other programs at Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, and creation of
links to allied field and funding resources.
Mississippi Arts Commission
To support fieldworker positions and related costs. Four
fieldworkers living in different regions of Mississippi, or in
bordering states, will document and recruit traditional artists for
the agency's folk arts apprenticeship and fellowship programs.
Museum of Western Colorado
Grand Junction, CO
To support folklorist positions in western, eastern and southern
Colorado. Activities include maintaining the statewide folk arts
programs in education and cultural tourism, archiving 22 years of
previous work, and planning the program's future infrastructure in
collaborating with the Colorado Council on the Arts' overall
Nebraska Humanities Council
To support the Nebraska Folklife Network (NFN). Activities will
include technical assistance to traditional artists, tradition
bearers, cultural communities, and organizations; fieldwork in
Vietnamese and Swedish communities; and the creation of two
cultural educational traveling kits.
New Hampshire State Council on the Arts
To support expansion of the Learning Center component of the
folklife Web site. Interactive educational activities will be based
upon traditional music, words and images specific to craft and
occupational traditions, maps featuring historic structures and
traditional craft skills, and sample classroom projects.
New Mexico Arts
Santa Fe, NM
To support the Folk Arts Apprenticeship and Community Fieldworker
Network Programs. Practitioners for the apprenticeship program are
sought in the course of the folk arts coordinator's fieldwork and
with the assistance of trained lay folklorists or community
scholars participating in the Community Fieldworker Network
New York Folklore Society, Inc.
To support a folklore and education coordinator position and
related costs. Activities will include folk arts education and
professional training opportunities for folklorists, workshops for
New York state educators, and a community scholar field school.
North Carolina Folklife Institute
To support a folklorist position and related costs. The folklorist
will make selected folklife documentation accessible to the public,
help public folklorists initiate and shape heritage tourism
development in the state, and support public projects that have
North Dakota Council on the Arts
To support the statewide Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program
and related costs. The program supports 15 pairs of North Dakota
folk artists and apprentices participating in an intensive
one-on-one teaching/learning situation.
Ohio Arts Council
To support continuation of the Ohio Folk Arts Initiative. Core
activities will include fieldwork and documentation; continuation
of the Ohio Heritage Fellowship Program; presentation of folk and
traditional arts at the Cityfolk Festival; expansion and updating
of the Web site; and upgrading and operation of the Cityfolk
Folklife Resource Center.
Old Town School of Folk Music, Inc.
To support the community programs manager position and related
costs. Activities will include formation of an advisory panel of
experts in the field of African-American music, and the pilot of
new point-of-entry concerts to connect with new audiences.
Oregon Historical Society
To support continuation of a statewide multi-year Latino
initiative. The program includes rural residencies in Latino
communities and a series of educational workshops designed to
increase cross-cultural communication, interaction, and
understanding of Latino culture for teachers, students, and their
Rhode Island State Council on the Arts
To support the Folk Arts Apprenticeship Program and related costs.
The program fosters the sharing and passing on of traditional
skills within cultural communities and will pair 12
South Carolina Arts Commission
To support continuation of the Heritage Corridor fieldwork
coordinator position, the Traditional Arts Apprenticeship
Initiative and establishment of a Folklife & Education
Initiative (FEI). The initiative will create long-lasting
partnerships at the local and state level, and create models for
folklife documentation efforts in the state.
South Dakota Arts Council
To support a folklorist position and related costs. Related
activities will include the Traditional Arts Apprenticeship
Program, a Traditional Textiles Exhibit, and the Missouri River
Texas Folklife Resources
To support a folklorist position and related costs.
Responsibilities include fieldwork and folk arts project planning
with African-American and Mexican-American community-based
organizations in the underserved counties of Brazoria and
Vermont Folklife Center
To support continuation of a statewide Traditional Arts
Apprenticeship Program and related costs. The apprenticeship
program encourages the preservation of living traditional arts by
funding master artists to work with apprentices in order to pass
along time-honored skills and knowledge.
Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and Public
To support continuation of the Virginia Folklife Apprenticeship
Program and related costs. The program will support nine
apprenticeship teams, drawing from a diverse range of communities
and involving a wide array of traditional arts and folkways.
Washington State Arts Commission
To support a folk arts coordinator position and related costs.
Responsibilities include the Folk Arts in the Parks Initiative that
will develop programs connecting many of the state's 120 parks with
local communities through concerts, festivals, exhibits, and
Wisconsin Arts Board
To support continuation and expansion of Wisconsin Folks. The
project is an online curriculum for students, a resource for
educators, and a hiring directory for artists, featuring
traditional artists in segments written for both students and
Total Leadership Initiatives grants: 32
Total Leadership Initiatives dollars: $800,000
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