GUIDELINES AVAILABLE FOR MISSOURI’S 2024 LIVING TRADITIONS SUSTAINER FELLOWSHIPS!! DEADLINE MARCH 8, 2024
Missouri’s Living Traditions Sustainer Fellowship seeks to recognize the excellence and lifetime achievement of living traditional artists and community scholars in the Show Me State. The fellowships will honor those individuals’ deep-rooted contributions to Missouri’s…
Vesta Johnson describes fiddling as “excellent therapy.” A fourth-generation musician, Mrs. Johnson is a member and co-founder of the Missouri Fiddlers and Country Music Association. “I started playing fiddle at age seven. I learned from…
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Who We Are
Missouri Folk Arts identifies, documents, and promotes folk and traditional arts in our state. Staff folklorists coordinate apprenticeship team activities each year; 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 Missouri Arts Council, the Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program supports master artists and apprentices who work to sustain their traditions in the present for the future.
Show Me Folk
Show Me Folk, part blog and part field survey, explores regional traditions collaboratively, alternating annually between rural and urban communities.
On behalf of the Missouri Arts Council, Missouri Folk Arts 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.