Apply now: Heritage Arts Apprenticeship Program

Former HAAP master Dr. Hai Viet Hong performing with Hướng Việt Performing Arts Group, featuring the dan tranh, a traditional Vietnamese 17-stringed zither (behind Hong, played while seated) that dates back to the 11th century.

The Heritage Arts Apprenticeship Program supports individuals seeking to preserve traditional practices important to their community, heritage, and identity. These may include music, dance, visual arts, language practices, verbal arts, traditional skills, foodways, occupational arts, storytelling and much more. They are learned within communities that share family, ethnic, tribal, regional, occupational, or religious identity. The program provides a supportive mentoring environment, networking opportunities, as well as important professional and leadership skills.  
Humanities Washington and ArtsWA are pleased to co-sponsor the Center for Washington Cultural Traditions and its Heritage Arts Apprenticeship Program, with significant support from the Washington State Legislature. To date, over 100 people have participated in the program. Read about previously funded teams here and learn more at   

Master Artists receive a $4,000 honorarium for their work and Apprentices receive $1,000. Master Artists may also request up to $1,000 for materials. All funds provided will be subject to federal taxation.  

Applications accepted now through April 23, 2023.


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