Grants & Programs

Ethnic and Folk Arts Master Apprentice Program

The Ethnic and Folk Arts Master/Apprentice Program (MAP) is designed to support a mentoring relationship between master artist and apprentice that concludes with a free public presentation of achievements made by the apprentice during the apprenticeship period. Illinois is home to an abundance of traditional art forms whether they are indigenous to a particular community or region, or reflect the traditions of recent immigrant communities. 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 Ethnic and Folk Arts Master/Apprentice Program (MAP) affirms the role of the master artist and apprentice relationship in the preservation of the state’s exceptionally rich cultural heritage.

The FY20 MAP deadline is December 15, 2019.

The FY20 guidelines can be accessed here

Application Assistance:
IACA staff will conduct an online webinar on Wednesday, November 20, 2019, beginning at 11:00am that will provide an overview of the MAP application and review process. To pre-register for this webinar go here.  Registration for and participation in the webinar is free.