2018 Apprenticeship Program

The Center is thrilled to announce inaugural participants in the Heritage Arts Apprenticeship Program!

Ten pairs of participants, from Ocean Shores to Spokane, will be immersed in diverse cultural traditions and practices from July 2018 through June 2019. Check back soon to learn more about each pair, and to find more information about the traditions they will pass on and learn over the next year.

2018-2019 Washington State Heritage Arts Apprenticeship Program Participants

Deepti and Rohini, photo courtesy Deepti Agrawal

Master: Deepti Agrawal

Apprentice: Rohini Mathur

Madhubani Painting: The Classical Visual Indian Art

– Bothell –

Master: Preetha Babu

Apprentice: Lakshmi Priya Sekhar

Bhava (Emotions) & Nritya (Dance): Samarpanam (Dedication) to Bharatanatyam, an Ancient Classical Dance of South India

– Sammamish and Redmond –

Beaded bag by Denise Emerson, photo courtesy of the artist

Master: Denise Emerson

Apprentice: Lorane Denise Gamber

Our Shared History & Modern Bead Design

– Shelton and Burien –


The cheese-making process, photos and collage by Lora Lea Misterly

Master: Lora Lea Misterly

Apprentice: Kate Lebo

Mastering the Lost Art of Fresh Farmhouse Cheese

– Rice and Spokane –

Boo kein hahng (black leaf ball), created in spring for times to celebrate ancestry, like in cemetery rituals; photo courtesy of Tiffany Chan

Master: Shui Ng

Apprentice: Tiffany Chan

Made with Ingredients of Community Connections and Legacy: A Multi-generational Succession of Cooking from Taishan, China to Seattle, WA

– Seattle –

Nick Petrish

Nicholas with his lijerica, photo courtesy of Nicholas Petrish

Master: Nicholas Petrish

Apprentice: Emily Hillenbrand

Croatian Music and Dance: Lijerica and Lindo

– Mount Vernon –

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White whale in Tenino sandstone by Ed Salerno, photo courtesy of the artist

Master: Ed Salerno

Apprentice: Colby Russell

The Fundamentals of Stone Carving in Tenino

– Tenino –

DJ and Clayton
DJ and Clayton. photo courtesy of Clayton Tupper

Master: DJ Stull

Apprentice: Clayton Tupper

Ocean Shores Forge

– Ocean Shores –

Tamdin Tsetan with Dramyen. Photo by Tenzin Jinpa, @tjinpa72 and @tenzinjinpaphotos

Master: Tamding Tsetan

Apprentice: Courtney Elton

Open Road, Where Land Meets Sky: Dramyen and Tibetan Folk Music

– Vancouver and Brush Prairie –

The Washington State Heritage Arts Apprenticeship Program is generously funded through the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and funding from the Washington State Legislature through the ArtsWA/Washington State Arts Commission.