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MSU Museum’s Michigan Traditional Arts Program


A review panel will meet to evaluate nominations for the 2012 Michigan Traditional Arts Program (MTAP), on Friday, Jan. 20, from 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., at the Michigan State University Museum. The panel members will meet in the museum's conference room, 2nd floor, and the meeting is open to the public.

The Michigan State University Museum honors traditional artists in two programs celebrating and sustaining traditional arts practices in the state: the Michigan Heritage Awards (MHA), and the Michigan Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program (MTAAP).  Panelists include folklorists and scholars, including Gordon Henry, of MSU’s English Department, Eileen Roraback of MSU’s Public Humanities Collaborative, and Christopher Scales of MSU’s Residential College in the Arts and Humanities.

The Michigan Heritage Award is the state’s highest distinction to honor individuals who continue their family community and cultural traditions with excellence and devotion. The Michigan Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program supports traditional folk arts in Michigan, those that are learned informally from one another in small groups and families. Over the next year, a master artist works with an apprentice artist in the same community, teaching and passing on the traditional art. Past nominees have been awarded for stone carving, rag rug weaving, accordion playing, and Hawaiian hula dancing. A Michigan Heritage Award ceremony will take place at the MSU Museum’s Great Lakes Folk Festival in downtown East Lansing, Aug. 10-12. Heritage and Apprenticeship awardees often perform and demonstrate at the festival as well, sharing the skills, wisdom and traditions that they sustain.

The Michigan State University Museum is committed to understanding, interpreting, and respecting natural and cultural diversity. As Michigan's land grant university museum, this commitment to society is met through education, exhibitions, research and the building and stewardship of collections that focus on Michigan and its relationship to the Great Lakes and the world beyond. 

Obtain an agenda for the meeting by contacting LuAnne Kozma at or (517)-353-5526.