Apprenticeship Program

The Center for Washington Cultural Traditions is excited to announce:

The Washington State Heritage Arts Apprenticeship Program

The Apprenticeship Program is designed to encourage individuals to learn a trade, craft, or skill that will conserve and carry on cultural traditions important to their community, heritage, and identity. These may include traditional skills and techniques related to occupational arts, storytelling and other verbal arts, dance, culinary traditions, music, and much more. The Apprenticeship Program will not only support the transmission of cultural knowledge, but also teach important job skills, and act, in part, as an economic development tool.

How does this work? Between July 2018 and June 2019, skilled and experienced Master Artists or other Tradition Bearers will work with and mentor one Apprentice each, teaching skills related to some tradition in their community, in an effort to conserve that tradition and allow it to thrive in future generations.

Want to learn more or apply?

Click here for more information and to see application questions.

Click here to access the online application site

Important Dates & Info:

Application Open: January 22, 2018

Application Closed: April 20, 2018

Period of Work: July 2018 – June 2019

Stipend: $3,000 for Master Artist/Tradition Bearer, $500 for Apprentice

If you have any questions or concerns please contact CWCT Director Kristin Sullivan at, or 206-682-1770 ext. 107, for more information.


The Apprenticeship Program is made possible in part through funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.


(Photo: Learning to tie nautical knots. Photo by Dale Chumbley via Flickr)