Traditional arts express a community's heritage and living cultural practices. The Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program (TAAP) recognizes the knowledge and skills of distinguished mentor artists and supports them in passing living traditions on to promising apprentices of the same cultural heritage and community. A state-level honor of great prestige, TAAP awards are often a precursor for traditional artists to be nominated for the National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellowship award.

Eligible artists may come from the same ethnic, Tribal, occupational, regional, or religious group. Oregon is home to a diverse range of traditional arts including but not limited to Southeast Asian dance, Mexican-American embroidery, Americana fiddling, African-American gospel singing, saddle making and rawhide braiding for working cowboys, Native American basket weaving, and Northwest logger poetry.

To apply, mentors and apprentices propose a plan and submit a joint application.

Interested? Click on the link below, read over the guidelines, and then give us a call: 541-346-3820

Download the Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program Guidelines

Download the Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program Application. Contact for Word format version.

Funding for TAAP comes from the National Endowment for the Arts, Folk & Traditional Arts program and the Oregon Arts Commission. The Fred W. Fields Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation has provided additional funds for 2016-17. Operational support from the Oregon Historical Society and the University of Oregon makes possible this and other OFN programs.


TAAP Awardees


Francisco Bautista Lopez

Sreevidhya Chandramouli

Mic Crenshaw

Marjorie Kalama

Steve McKay

Brian Ó hAirt

Jayanthi Raman

Alseny Yansane



Feryal Abbasi-GhnaimPalestinian Embroidery, 2012, 2014, 2017

Tonya RosebrookHorse Training, 2017

Azar SalehiPersian Storytelling, 2017

Sara SiestreemHanis and Miluk Coos Traditional Basket Weaving, 2017



Marjan AnvariPersian Tazhib, 2016

Jack ArmstrongRawhide Braiding, 2016

Antonio HuertaMexican Charrería, 2013, 2016

Roberta KirkWasco Beadwork, 2104, 2016

Anita MenonAsian Indian Nattuvangam, 2016

Hossein SalehiPersian Santoor, 2016



Len Babb IIISaddlemaking, 2015

Burns Paiute Tribal EldersMoccasin Making, 2015

Mic CrenshawHip Hop/Rap, 2015

Pat HorlacherSilversmithing, 2015

Patricia Whereat PhillipsTraditional Coos, Lower Umpqua, and Siuslaw Stories and Language, 2015

Jayanthi RamanBharatha Natyam Indian Dance, 2015



Feryal Abbasi-GhnaimPalestinian Embroidery, 2012, 2014

Janice CarraherSon Jarocho, Zapateado of Veracruz, Mexico, 2014

Roberta KirkTraditional Wasco Beadwork, 2014

Alseny YansaneGuinean Dancing and Drumming, 2014



Antonio HuertaCowboy Charro Rope Work, 2013



Feryal Abbasi-GhnaimPalestinian Embroidery, 2012, 2014

Obo AddyGhanaian Drumming, 2012 (1936-2012)

Michael JohnsonUmatilla Cornhusk False Embroidery, 2012

Nisha JoshiRajasthani Folk Songs, 2012

Maria de Jesús González LagunaFolklórico Mexican Dance, 2012

Daniela MahoneyCzech and Slovakian Egg Decorating, 2012

Kelli PalmerWarm Springs Cornhusk Weaving, 2012

Alex Llumiquinga PerezAndean Instrument Making, 2012

Mildred QuaemptsUmatilla Dentalium Piecework, 2012

Wilverna ReeceKaruk Basketry, 2012

Mark RossFolk and Old-Time Banjo, 2012

Esther StutzmanTraditional Kalapuya/Coos Storytelling, 2012

Yuqin WangChinese Rod Puppetry, 2012


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