IL Arts Council Agency: Master Apprentice Grants FY2019 – – Apply Now!


The Ethnic and Folk Arts Master/Apprentice Program (MAP) is designed to support a mentoring relationship between master artist and apprentice that concludes with a free public presentation of achievements made by the apprentice during the apprenticeship period. Illinois is home to an abundance of traditional art forms whether they are indigenous to a particular community or region, or reflect the traditions of recent immigrant communities. The practices, customs, stories, and skills that are passed from one generation to the next influence how we live, what we value, and our personal and collective identities. MAP helps communities preserve their own culture by providing an opportunity for master traditional artists to pass on their skills to a qualified apprentice in a time-honored method. The Ethnic and Folk Arts Master/Apprentice Program (MAP) affirms the role of the master artist and apprentice relationship in the preservation of the state’s exceptionally rich cultural heritage.


The FY19 MAP deadline is December 15, 2018.

The FY19 guidelines and application can be accessed at the following link:


PLEASE NOTE:  If you need help with your proposal or have questions, Company of Folk will be glad to help.  Thanks to generous support from the IACA, Company of Folk is again able to offer technical assistance to artists who want to apply to the IACA for this MAP grant.   Please contact: or