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 FY24 MAP deadline is December 1, 2023.

The FY24 guidelines can be accessed here

Application Assistance: 
In FY22 we transferred to a new online system that is different than the eGrant system used in previous years. To help you navigate the new system there is a recorded webinar on the IACA Workshops and Webinars page.

We also have several opportunities for you to connect with IACA staff for questions on the program or the platform:

Master / Apprentice Grant Webinar, pre-registration is required:

Drop-in session for questions on the program or online platform, there is no pre-registration for the drop-in session. To join, click on the link at the meeting time:

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