Center for Washington Cultural Traditions Heritage Arts Apprenticeship Program
Dr. Langston Wilkins, Director of the Center for Washington Cultural Traditions (center), with Tenino Master Stonecarver Ed Salerno (right) and his apprentice, Colby Russell (left). Photo by ArtsWA.

Center for Washington Cultural Traditions

The Center for Washington Cultural Traditions (CWCT) began in 2016. It is a partnership between ArtsWA and Humanities Washington. The CWCT surveys, studies and supports folk and traditional arts and other cultural traditions. Our research and programs increase access to Washington’s rich and diverse cultural heritage.

We host a number of live events and media offerings across the state. CWCT programs are funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).

Heritage Arts Apprenticeship Program

The Heritage Arts Apprenticeship Program (HAAP) helps artisans to learn a traditional trade, craft, or skill. It teaches important job skills. It helps master artists and tradition bearers foster a new generation. It encourages communities to carry on cultural traditions important to their heritage and identity.

Master Artists and apprentices apply to be part of this yearlong program. Selected pairs receive honoraria and some funding to help offset the cost of travel, and supplies.

Learn more about the apprenticeship program.

Cultural Traditions Survey

The Cultural Traditions Survey is a multi-year project to study local cultural traditions throughout the state. Each year, staff at CWCT conducts research on cultural traditions in a new region of the state. Survey findings help to develop programs that support local communities.

Learn more about the Cultural Traditions Survey.

Past Folk Arts Project Archive

In 1991, ArtsWA began the Folk Arts program to preserve and protect the traditional arts in Washington’s diverse cultures. The program ended in 2013 due to budget constraints.

The Center for Washington Cultral Traditions is a program sponsored by ArtsWA and Humanities Washington.