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August 31, 2009


Tennessee Master Craft Artist / Apprenticeship Program Announced

Program is a partnership between the Tennessee Arts Commission and the Tennessee Association of Craft Artists

NASHVILLE - - The Tennessee Arts Commission has announced the Tennessee Master Craft Artist / Apprenticeship Program. The program is a cooperative partnership of the Tennessee Arts Commission (TAC) and the Tennessee Association of Craft Artists (TACA).

 “The program is a cooperative partnership created to encourage and invest in the continuation, advancement, and creation of Tennessee craft by recognizing the role of the master craft artist/apprentice relationship as a way to preserve the state’s cultural heritage,” says Julie Horn, director of visual art, craft, and media for the TAC. “The program will contact master craft artists to offer a period of concentrated learning to apprentices who demonstrate a commitment to further develop their abilities as specialized craft practitioners,” adds Horn.
  According to Horn, three master craft artist/apprentice pairs will be chosen to participate in the program, with funding available for intensive, one-on-one training to qualified apprentices by recognized master craft artists. Approved applications will receive a total of $4,000 to be divided – the master craft artist is awarded a stipend of $2,200 and the apprentice is awarded a stipend of $1,800.

“We are honored to work with the Tennessee Arts Commission to encourage and foster concentrated learning experiences for the purpose of continuing the vibrancy of Tennessee’s rich craft tradition,” says TACA Executive Director Bill Mullins.  “This project partnership accomplishes our mission to encourage, develop, and promote craft and craftspeople, and we are delighted to offer this innovative program to our members.”
  Tennessee Master Craft Artist / Apprenticeship Program objectives include:

  • Providing Tennessee craft artists with relevant and alternative educational experiences.
  • Promoting and facilitating fine craft as a viable career path for Tennessee craft artists.
  • Foster deliberate mentoring.
  • Facilitating professional development of emerging Tennessee craft artists.
  • Increasing pool of Tennessee craft artists.
  • Providing Tennessee craft artists with alternate means of professional funding.

Project partnership runs from November 1, 2009 to June 15, 2010. Application deadline is September 30.  Tennessee Master Craft / Apprenticeship Program applications are available through the TACA Web site (Click Here). For more information, contact Julie Horn at 615-532-9798,or e-mail: julie.horn@tn.gov.


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