Illinois Arts Council Ethnic and Folk Arts Master Apprentice Program

The Ethnic and Folk Arts Master/Apprentice Program (MAP) recognizes the role of the master artist/apprentice relationship in the preservation of the state’s cultural heritage. The practices, customs, stories, and skills that are passed from one generation to the next influence how we live, what we value, and our personal and collective identities. MAP helps communities preserve their own culture by providing an opportunity for master traditional artists to pass on their skills to a qualified apprentice in a time-honored method.

The FY15 application deadline for MAP is Friday, January 9, 2015.

The FY15 Guidelines and Application can be accessed here:

Online Application Webinar
A web-based workshop is scheduled for Wednesday, December 17th at 5:00pm.  This webinar will provide an overview of the MAP application process.  Pre-Registration is required.

To register for the December 17th webinar follow the link below:

For further information about MAP, contact Susan Dickson, Director of Director of Arts-in-Education, Ethnic & Folk Arts, & Literature Programs by email: or by phone: 312-814-6740.

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