08/01/2019: "Locals Appointed To Heritage Arts Apprenticeship Program"
Lopez Island residents, Carol Noyes and Gabe Strand, have been selected for the Washington State Heritage Apprenticeship Arts Program, a statewide program celebrating and supporting traditional arts.
Tradition: Foraging wild plants in the San Juan Islands. Foraging and farming have been linked together throughout the world as rural food traditions. Nearly a lost skill in North America, foraging is still practiced in the more remote rural areas, and among communities where strong cultural traditions have remained intact. Over the course of a year, the team will identify, harvest, and process seasonally available wild foods principally on Lopez Island, where they live.
Created to encourage people to learn a traditional trade, craft, or skill, the Heritage Arts Apprenticeship Program conserves and helps carry on cultural traditions important to Washington’s communities. Carol Noyes and Gabe Strand will form a master/apprentice pair to learn the skill of wild plant foraging during the 2019-2020 period.
Due to the success of the program in its inaugural year, the number of teams has expanded for its second year from 10 pairs of masters and apprentices to 15. In an effort to support traditional cultures, these skilled and experienced master artists and tradition bearers will work with and mentor one apprentice each, teaching skills related to a tradition in their community in an effort to conserve that tradition and allow it to thrive in future generations.
The Heritage Arts Apprenticeship program will culminate in a free event to introduce the public to these unique cultural traditions.
The Center for Washington Cultural Traditions will also hold a leadership training workshop in October focused on the folk and traditional artists from the program, with the intention of teaching artists to more fully engage with their communities and use cultural activities to fuel economic growth. The workshop will be held in collaboration with ArtsWA.
Check out information about participants, their traditions, and their progress throughout the year at waculture.org.