FY06 Master/Apprentice Program Awards

Illinois Arts Council Announces FY06 Ethnic & Folk Arts Master/Apprentice Program Awards

CHICAGO—The Illinois Arts Council (IAC) is pleased to announce the recipients of the fiscal year 2006 Ethnic and Folk Arts Master Apprentice Program awards. Fifteen Master Apprentice pairs received awards totaling $45,000.

The Master Apprentice Program recognizes the need for structured opportunities to pass on traditional arts as part of the preservation of Illinois’ 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 which 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 by email at tamara@arts.state.il.us or by phone at 312/814-6740 or 800/237-6994 (toll free within Illinois). Individuals who are deaf or have hearing or voice impairments can call 888/261-7957 TTY.

Awards are based on the recommendation of three out-of-state jurors who are cultural specialists: Christina Barr of Elko, NV; Brent Björkman of Columbus, OH; and Olivia Cadaval of Washington, DC; and one in-state, non-voting juror: William Westerman, Ph.D. of Chicago, IL.

The Fiscal Year 2006 Master Apprentice award recipients are:

Master Artist Jayanthi Adisubramanian of Bolingbrook has been awarded a grant to teach Carnatic music to Pavrita Ramachandran of Naperville.

Master Artist San Bun of Chicago has been awarded a grant to teach Cambodian music to Paul Arun Chhorm of Chicago.

Master Artist Marcin Gasienica Byrcyn of Hickory Hills has been awarded a grant to teach Polish flutes to Bogdan Ogorek of Justice.

Master Artist Mahendra Deshmukh of Hanover Park has been awarded a grant to teach tabla to Anjal Chande of Palos Park.

Master Artist Earl Edlin of Versailles has been awarded a grant to teach wooden fish basket making to James Mashburn of Mount Sterling.

Master Artist David "Honeyboy" Edwards of Chicago has been awarded a grant to teach blues music to Richard Sherry of Chicago.

Master Artist Jimmy Ellis of Chicago has been awarded a grant to teach jazz music to Jeff Chan of Chicago.

Master Artist Pranita Jain of Chicago has been awarded a grant to teach Bharatanatyam to Eisha Wali of Darien.

Master Artist Carlos Mejia of Chicago has been awarded a grant to teach Guatemalan marimba to Katalina Trujillo of Chicago.

Master Artist Jeff Midkiff of Carpentersville has been awarded a grant to teach bluegrass mandolin to Ashley Lewis of Sandwich.

Master Artist Jose Ovalle of Chicago has been awarded a grant to teach Mexican folk dance to Fernando Rabiela, Jr. of Chicago.

Master Artist Hema Rajagopalan of Oak Brook has been awarded a grant to teach Bharatanatyam to Vishaka Raguveer of Naperville.

Master Artist Vanitha Veeravalli of Naperville has been awarded a grant to teach Bharatanatyam to Maryann Manatt of Olympia Fields.

Master Artist Beixing Xiang of Elk Grove Village has been awarded a grant to teach the ehru to Victoria Lin of Hoffman Estates.

Master Artist Wei Yang of Elk Grove Village has been awarded a grant to teach the pipa to Joana Chen of Arlington Heights.

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Illinois Arts Council

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