Apprenticeship Program

Apprentice Panuncio Gutiérrez (L) with a recently finished danza de los apaches mask and master artist Luis Morales holding a recently finished danza de los diablos mask. Photo: Amy KitchenerThe Alliance for California Traditional Arts (ACTA) Apprenticeship Program encourages the continuity of the state’s traditional arts and cultures by contracting master artists to offer intensive, one-on-one training to qualified apprentices. Each $3,000 contract will support a period of concentrated learning for apprentices demonstrate a committed engagement with and talent for a specific folk & traditional art form or practice.

How do I apply?

Download and view the 2018 Guidelines in English HERE.*

Descargue y vea Guís 2018 en Español AQUÍ.*

*Please note: You must use Adobe Acrobat Reader DC to save text in the fields on the PDF. Download the free Adobe program here.

*Tenga en cuenta: Debe utilizar Adobe Acrobat Reader DC para guardar el texto en los campos del PDF. Descargue el programa gratuito de Adobe aquí.


Join a webinar with ACTA staff to learn more about these programs.


  • June 6th at 12 noon
  • June 13th at 12 noon
  • June 7th at 6 pm (Spanish)  
WHO: Anyone who is interested in the Living Cultures Grants or Apprenticeship programs
How: Sign up by sending a request to or call  (559) 237-9812.
Need an application mailed to you? Contact us at (559) 237-9812.


Who is a master artist?  Who is an apprentice?

A master artist is someone who is recognized as an exemplary practitioner of a traditional folk art form by his or her community and peers. An apprentice is someone who learns from a master artist. Prospective apprentices should demonstrate an intention to enhance their established skills and cultural understanding of the art form by working with a master. The master artist and apprentice must apply together with a mutual desire to work with each other.