FY04 Master/Apprentice Program Awards

Illinois Arts Council Announces FY04 Ethnic and Folk Arts Master/Apprentice Program Awards

CHICAGO- The Illinois Arts Council (IAC) is pleased to announce the recipients of the fiscal year 2004 Ethnic and Folk Arts Master/Apprentice Program awards. Fourteen master/apprentice pairs received awards totaling $42,000 this year. The Master/Apprentice Program recognizes the need for structured opportunities to pass on traditional arts as part of the preservation of the state’s cultural heritage. The program fosters this traditional teaching and learning relationship by providing a $2,000 honorarium to the master artist and a $1,000 stipend to the apprentice.

Traditional ethnic and folk arts eligible for support include those artistic practices that have a community or family base, express that community’s aesthetic, heritage and tradition, and have endured through several generations. These art forms are expressions of the particular culture of the regional, national, ethnic, tribal, or language group from which they spring.

For additional information about the Master/Apprentice Program, contact the Director of Ethnic and Folk Arts at 312/814-6740, 800/237-6994, toll free in Illinois, 312/814-4831 TTY for individuals who are deaf or have hearing or voice impairments, or by email at iacprogram2@arts.state.il.us .

Awards are based on the recommendation of cultural specialists. The FY04 jury consisted of three out-of-state jurors, and one in-state, non-voting, juror. The out-of-state jurors were Kim Nguyen, Trenton, NJ; Larry Morrissey, Jackson, MS; and Deborah Bailey, Columbia, MO. The in-state juror was Carolyn Johnson, Chicago, Illinois.

The following Master/Apprentice pairs are this year’s awardees:

MATERIAL CULTURE

Master artist, Earl Edlin, Versailles; has been awarded a grant to teach apprentice Bruce Clements, Rushville; wooden fish basket making.

Master artist, Shann Maupin, Chicago; has been awarded a grant to teach apprentice David Spencer, Chicago; Native American feather-work.


PERFORMING TRADITIONS

Master artist, Ernest Brown, Chicago; has been awarded a grant to teach apprentice Reginald McLauglin, Chicago; African-American tap dance.

Master artist, Rene Cardoza, Chicago, has been awarded a grant to teach apprentice Francisco Guervara, Chicago, Mexican folk dance.

Master artist Maura Geraldine Foy, Chicago; has been awarded a grant to teach apprentice Kimberly Johnson, Niles; Irish step-dance.

Master artist, Pranita Jain, Darien; has been awarded a grant to teach apprentice Sapna Desiai, Woodridge; East Indian dance (Bharatanatyam).

Master artist, Shoba Natarajan, Naperville; has been awarded a grant to teach apprentice Arulini Rajmohan, Aurora; Indian classical dance (Kuchipudi).

Master artist, Hema Rajagopalan, Oak Brook; has been awarded a grant to teach apprentice Arthi Susai, St. Charles; East Indian dance (Bharatanatyam).

Master artist, Kritika Rajagopalan, Oak Brook; has been awarded a grant to teach apprentice Darshana Nair, Bolingbrook; East Indian dance (Bharatanatyam).

Master artist, Roger "Bill" Robinson, St. Charles; has been awarded a grant to teach apprentice Kelsey Wales, Elgin; hammered dulcimer.

Master artist, Charles Walden, Evanston; has been awarded a grant to teach apprentice Damien Fosse, Chicago; old time fiddling.

Master artist Qui Yue Jin Wong, Bolingbrook; has been awarded a grant to teach apprentice Wing Chi Lau, Chicago; Chinese dance.

Master artist, Beixing Xiang, Elk Grove Village; has been awarded a grant to teach apprentice Victoria Lin, Hoffman Estates; Chinese erhu music.

Master artist, Wei Yang, Elk Grove Village; has been awarded a grant to teach apprentice Joana Chen, Arlington Heights; Chinese pipa music.


The Illinois Arts Council, a state agency, is committed to the cultural, educational and economic growth of the diverse people and communities of our state through support and encouragement of artists and the arts.

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