Folklife Apprenticeship Applications Now Open

MSAC is now accepting applications for 2023-2024 Folklife Apprenticeships. Folklife Apprenticeships are $5,000 each and support traditional arts education through the teaching of skills from one master artist to one apprentice artist. Applicants will be notified of their application status in July 2023. Begin an application using MSAC’s application system, SmartSimple. Log in to SmartSimple or create a free account at Deadline: April 30, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

MSAC hosted a free webinar “Folklife Apprenticeship Information Session” on August 22, 2022. This webinar is now available for free on MSAC’s Youtube channel. Click here to view:

Maryland Traditions, the traditional arts program of MSAC, has given Folklife Apprenticeships annually since 2004. Click here to see a list of past recipients.

Folklife Apprenticeships are distinct from registered apprenticeships offered through the Maryland Apprenticeship Training Program, which supports workforce development. Click here for more information on the Maryland Apprenticeship Training Program.

If you have questions about the application process, please contact Folklife Specialist Ryan Koons at