ERIC Number: ED345909
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Reference Count: N/A
The West Virginia Folk Arts Apprenticeship Program.
Augusta Heritage Center, Elkins, WV.
This booklet describes an apprenticeship program that encourages and perpetuates West Virginia folk arts. The program is an ongoing project administered by the Augusta Heritage Center located on the campus of Davis and Elkins College in West Virginia. Folk art is the artistic expression of values shared by communities of people. In West Virginia, folk art traditions include music, crafts, dancing, food preparation, folk architecture, and tales and legends. A panel meeting twice a year awards apprenticeships to qualified applicants who are matched with master folk artists. Twenty apprenticeships, some still ongoing, were funded through the program in 1989 and 1990. Fourteen master folk artists are featured through brief biographies that describe how they learned and mastered the art. The specific folk arts featured include fiddling, shape note singing, banjo playing, white oak basketry, fiddle bow repair, old-time singing, stone splitting, musical instrument construction, blues music, guitar, Hungarian cimbalom music, and overshot weaving. There are numerous photographs in this booklet. (LP)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Endowment for the Arts, Washington, DC.; West Virginia State Dept. of Education and the Arts, Charleston. Div. of Culture and History.
Authoring Institution: Augusta Heritage Center, Elkins, WV.
Identifiers: Cultural Preservation; West Virginia