Illinois Arts Council announces Ethnic and
Folk Arts Master/Apprentice awards
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[DEC. 27, 2004]
CHICAGO -- The Illinois Arts Council is pleased to
announce the recipients of the fiscal year 2005 Ethnic and Folk Arts
Master/Apprentice Program awards. Fourteen master-apprentice pairs
received awards totaling $42,000.
The program recognizes the need for structured opportunities
to pass on traditional arts as part of the preservation of the
state's cultural heritage. The program fosters this traditional
teaching and learning relationship by providing a $2,000 honorarium
to the master artist and a $1,000 stipend to the apprentice.
Traditional ethnic and folk arts eligible for support include those
artistic practices which have a community or family base, express
that community's aesthetic, heritage and tradition, and have endured
through several generations. These art forms are expressions of the
particular culture of the regional, national, ethnic, tribal or
language group from which they spring.
For additional information about the program, contact the
director of ethnic and folk arts by e-mail at
or by phone at (312) 814-6740 or toll-free within Illinois at (800)
237-6994. Individuals who are deaf or have hearing or voice
impairments can call (312) 814-4831 TTY.
Awards are based on the recommendation of cultural specialists.
The fiscal 2005 jury consisted of three out-of-state jurors: Mark
Brown of Frankfort, Ky.; Maria Carmen Gambliel of Boise, Idaho; Rick
March of Madison, Wis.; and one in-state, non-voting juror: Carolyn
Johnson of Chicago.
The following are 2005 award recipients:
Master artist Earl Edlin of
Versailles has been awarded a grant to teach fishnet making to
apprentice Jeff Barnett of Mount Sterling.
Master artist Mavis Neconish of
Chicago has been awarded a grant to teach traditional Oneida
dressmaking to Debra Valentino of Chicago.
Master artist Nodwesi Red Bear of
Chicago has been awarded a grant to teach Native American beadwork
to apprentice Melanie Cloud of Chicago.
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Master artist Tapan Bhattacharrya of
Homewood has been awarded a grant to teach Hindustani vocal
classical music to apprentice Sudha Yarlagadda of Hinsdale.
Master artist Anil Datar of Hoffman
Estates has been awarded a grant to teach tabla playing to Rahul
Phatak of Wheeling.
Master artist Pranita Jain of Darien
has been awarded a grant to teach "Bharata Natyam," East Indian
dance, to apprentice Namrata Patel of Chicago.
Master artist Gustavo Lopez of
Chicago has been awarded a grant to teach "Bolero Romántico,"
romantic bolero music, to apprentice Juan Dies of Chicago.
Master artist Jeff Midkiff of
Carpentersville has been awarded a grant to teach bluegrass
mandolin to apprentice Ashley Lewis of Sandwich.
Master artist Rajeswari Pariti of
Naperville has been awarded a grant to teach Carnatic veena music
to Katyayini Aribindi of Naperville.
Master artist Victor Pichardo of Oak
Park has been awarded a grant to teach Mexican folk rhythms in
music and dance to apprentice Lorena Iñiguez of Chicago.
Master artist Bill Robinson of St.
Charles has been awarded a grant to teach the hammer dulcimer to
apprentice Kelsey Wales of Elgin.
Master artist Jutarut Suntharanund of
Romeoville has been awarded a grant to teach Thai classical dance
to apprentice Tanya Pardungkiattisak of Carol Stream.
Master artist Beixing Xiang of Elk
Grove Village has been awarded a grant to teach the Chinese erhu
to apprentice Victoria Lin of Hoffman Estates.
- Master artist Wei Yang of Elk Grove Village has been awarded a
grant to teach the Chinese pipa to apprentice Joana Chen of
The Illinois Arts Council is committed
to the cultural, educational and economic growth of the diverse
people and communities of the state through the support and
encouragement of the arts and artists.
Council news release]