Breathing New Life into Missouri Fiddling: John P. Williams, from Rachel Krause for Oldtime Central
Rachel Krause interviewed oldtime fiddler John P. Williams (Madison) and rhythm guitarist Kenny Applebee for this artist profile and video published online by Oldtime Central in February 2020. “John P. Williams is an oldtime fiddler…
Edna Mae Davis
Any conversation about the notable music tradition of Ava, Missouri is incomplete without mention of Edna Mae Davis, square dance caller and dancer. In an application for the TAAP program, she listed her occupations as…
BLACKSMITHING IN MISSOURI BY LISA L. HIGGINSView
Who We Are
The Missouri Folk Arts Program identifies, documents, and promotes the folk and traditional arts in our state. MFAP staff coordinates apprenticeship teams each year; produces workshops for community scholars (local cultural experts and volunteers); co-produces folk arts events around the state, and works with local and regional arts organizations to further their missions.
Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program
Funded by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Missouri Arts Council, Missouri’s Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program pairs master folk artists with apprentices to sustain traditions for future generations.
Community Scholars Network
MFAP is bolstering its statewide advisory network through the Community Scholars Network with grant funding from the Missouri Arts Council and National Endowment for the Arts. Missouri Community Scholars Network members are local experts who document, promote, and sh...
On behalf of the Missouri Arts Council, MFAP also manages Folk Arts Grants, which are awarded to Missouri-based, tax-exempt, not-for-profit organizations to sustain and showcase folk and traditional arts in local communities. Funded projects include concerts, festivals, workshops, exhibitions, and other artistic events.