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Review Panel to Evaluate Traditional Arts Submissions, Jan. 26: Public Invited

MSU Museum’s Michigan Traditional Arts Program

A review panel will meet to evaluate applications to and nominations for the 2018 Michigan Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program (MTAAP) and Michigan Heritage Awards (MHA), on Friday, January 26, from 8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., at the Michigan State University Museum. The panel members will meet in the museum’s conference room, 2nd floor, and the meeting is open to the public. Review panelists include folklorists, community arts advocates, and scholars, including Dr. Heather Howard, of MSU’s American Indian and Indigenous Studies program, Chris Rietz of Elderly Instruments, and Dr. Laura Smith of MSU’s Department of Art, Art History, and Design.

The Michigan Heritage Awards are the state’s highest distinction to honor individuals who continue their family, community, and cultural traditions with excellence and devotion or have supported the traditional arts in their community in a notable way. The Michigan Heritage Awards ceremony will take place during the MSU Museum’s Great Lakes Folk Festival in downtown East Lansing, Aug. 10-12. Heritage and Apprenticeship awardees often perform and demonstrate at the festival as well, sharing the skills, wisdom, and traditions that they sustain.

The Michigan Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program awards $2000 to master traditional artist and apprentice teams. From February-August, they work together, teaching and passing on their traditional art form. Past apprenticeships have been awarded for stone carving, accordion playing, tamale making, Hawaiian hula dancing, millinery, and much more.

These activities are supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs in partnership with the MSU Museum. The Michigan State University Museum is committed to understanding, interpreting, and respecting natural and cultural diversity. As Michigan’s land grant university museum, this commitment to society is met through education, exhibitions, research and the building and stewardship of collections that focus on Michigan and its relationship to the Great Lakes and the world beyond.

Obtain an agenda for the meeting by contacting Micah Ling at musm.mtap@gmail.com or (517) 353-5526.