Thursday, Oct. 13

02-14 Apprenticeships and More: Methods for Transmitting Traditional Knowledge

Thursday, October 13, 10:30 am–12:30 pm
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Chair: Micah J. Ling (Michigan Traditional Arts Program)

Forum participants:

Lisa Falk (Arizona State Museum, University of Arizona)

Jenn Joy Jameson (Alliance for California Traditional Arts)

Jennie Williams (West Virginia Folklife Program, West Virginia Humanities Council)

Traditional arts apprenticeships serve as popular methods of transmission of traditional skills, knowledge, and modes of creation. These are often administered by state folklife programs and consist of a monetary stipend to support the one-on-one teaching of an apprentice by a master artist. While this model is common, what others exist for intentional, structured dissemination of these knowledges? What are the connotations, successes, and limitations of these structures? How can our understanding of apprenticeship learning be expanded to include multiple ways of knowing and forms of expertise? This forum explores the efficacy of folklife apprenticeship programs and alternative approaches to this learning.