Traditional artists wishing to pass their skills on to apprentices can apply for financial assistance through the 1991 Folk Arts Apprenticeship Project, sponsored by the Utah Arts Council.

Master and apprentice pairs must submit a jointly conceived plan of study with examples, photographs or tape recordings of their work, for review by the folk arts advisory panel. Criteria for selection include the traditional nature of the work, the quality of work by both master and apprentice, their shared membership in a particular community or group, the dedication of the apprentice to the art form and the likelihood of the project's success.Awards may range up to a maximum of $2,500 for project periods lasting from three months to one year. Funds may be used for master artists' fees, supplies and travel reimbursement.

In 1989, the Folk Arts Apprenticeship Project appropriated $20,000 to 29 master/apprentice artists, and in 1990 $22,800 to 30 artists, to assist in conserving and perpetuating traditional art forms ranging from Paiute hide tanning to Maori wood carving. Awardable folk arts range from Native American skills, through characteristic European and Eastern U.S. United State arts such as dance music or domestic needlecraft, to traditions imported more recently from foreign lands, such as Laotian dance and Swiss accordion music.

For guidelines and application forms, call Craig Miller at the council's folk arts program, 533-5760. Applications must be postmarked or delivered to the UAC office, 617 E. South Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84111 by Nov. 30.