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Florida Folklife Program Seeks Master Artists and Apprentices

Tallahassee, Fla. –

Secretary of State Laurel M. Lee announced today that the Florida Department of State is seeking applications for the 2020-2021 Florida Folklife Apprenticeship Program. Expert practitioners of traditional art forms and persons with a strong commitment to learning and preserving folk and traditional arts are encouraged to apply.


“The Florida Folklife Apprenticeship Program provides opportunities for master artists to pass down valuable and culturally relevant skills and techniques,” said Secretary Lee. “This process of sharing traditional knowledge is vital to ensuring the preservation of our state’s diverse folk culture.”


Master Sacred Steel Guitar player Elton Noble with apprentice Dominic Collins. Photo by Amanda Griffis.


The Florida Folklife Apprenticeship Program creates opportunities for apprentices to study traditional arts with recognized master artists. Traditional arts are expressions of shared community identity that reflect the values and aesthetics of the groups that practice them.


Since 1984, the program has supported more than 185 apprenticeships in a variety of Florida living traditions including various styles of music and dance, crafts, festival arts and occupations.


The application deadline is May 15, 2020. Interested masters and apprentices must apply as a team by submitting the joint application to the Florida Folklife Program. The Florida Folklife Council will review applications and recommend apprenticeship teams to the Secretary of State. The selected apprenticeship teams will be announced by August 2020. The program provides a stipend and funds for supplies.


Interested applicants should contact the Florida Folklife Program by calling 850.245.6315 or 800.847.PAST. Program guidelines and applications can be found at The Florida Folklife Apprenticeship Program is funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts’ Folk and Traditional Arts Program.





About the Florida Folklife Program

The Florida Folklife Program, a component of the Florida Department of State's Division of Historical Resources, documents and presents Florida's folklife, folklore and folk arts. The program coordinates a wide range of activities and projects designed to increase the awareness of Floridians and visitors alike about Florida's traditional culture. Established in 1979 by the legislature to document and present Florida folklife, this program is one of the oldest state folk arts programs in the nation. For more information, visit