IACA Announces Recipients of the Master Apprentice Program

The Illinois Arts Council Agency (IACA) is pleased to announce the recipients of the fiscal year 2017 Ethnic and Folk Arts Master Apprentice Program (MAP.) Thirteen master artists are recognized with awards of $3,000 each to instruct their chosen apprentices through intensive one-on-one sessions. MAP acknowledges the need for structured opportunities to pass on traditional, folk, and classical ethnic arts as part of the preservation of Illinois’ cultural heritage. MAP is made possible with an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. 

“Illinois has an exceptionally rich cultural heritage,” says Shirley R. Madigan, Chair of the Illinois Arts Council Agency. “The Ethnic and Folk Arts Master Apprentice Program fosters traditional teaching and learning relationships and sustains the diversity of art forms.”

Traditional ethnic and folk arts eligible for support include those which have a community or family base, express that community’s aesthetic, heritage and tradition, and have endured through several generations.  These art forms are expressions of the particular culture of the regional, national, ethnic, tribal, or language group from which they originate.

MAP generally supports art forms found in informal rather than institutional settings.  A master artist is an individual recognized within his or her community as an exemplary practitioner of their traditional or classical ethnic art form.  An apprentice is an individual with some experience in a traditional, folk, or classical ethnic art form and who is committed to attaining mastery of that art form.

Awards are based on the recommendations of three jurors who are folklorists and cultural specialists: Jayanthi Raman, Oregon; Christopher Vallillo, Illinois; and Sally Van der Water, Pennsylvania. Clark “Bucky” Halker and Lisa R. Rathje, of Company of Folk, serve as program consultants to the IACA Ethnic & Folks Arts Program. 

Mater Artist City Apprentice and Art Form
Kioto Aoki Oak Park with Helen Nagata in Taiko drum, sukeroku style
Tatsu Aoki Oak Park with Jill Taura in Japanese shamisen, Toyoaki family style
Tapan Bhattacharyya Homewood with Anushree Majumdar in Indian classical music
Juan Dies Chicago with Erendira Izguerra in Mexican son
Kathleen Keane Chicago with Liam Heneghan in Irish tin whistle playing
Carole Lanialoha Lee-Sumberg Chicago with Chance Damon in Hawaiian ukulele
Ipsita Mahapatra Naperville with Sunameeka Panigrahy in Indian classical dance
Kazuhiro Masuda Chicago with Miyumi Aoki in Japanese classical dance
Shoba Natarajan Naperville with Saispurthi Palavalli in Kuchipude Indian dance
Edna Patterson-Petty East St. Louis with Eugenia Alexander in African American quilting and textile arts
Zacbe Pichardo Chicago with Myriam Ramos in Mexican marimba
Roger W. “Bill” Robinson St. Charles with Katherine Moritz in hammered dulcimer
Vanitha Veeravalli Naperville with Maitreyee Das in Bharatanatyam Indian dance
For additional information about the Master Apprentice Program, contact Susan Dickson, at Susan.Dickson@illinois.gov or 312/814-6740 or 800/237-6994 (toll free within Illinois).  Individuals who are deaf or have hearing or voice impairments can call 312/814-4831 TTY

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