The Everhart Museum is looking for local folk and traditional artists to add to its folk arts roster.
Applications are open to artists from Lackawanna, Luzerne, Pike, Susquehanna, Wayne and Wyoming counties and are available at everhart-museum.org/folkartapplication. The public also can email referrals of folk artists and traditional practitioners to the museum at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Interested applicants can attend an online information session Tuesday, Nov. 17, from 6 to 7 p.m. To register and get the link to the meeting, email email@example.com.
Applications are due Sunday, Nov. 29.
Folk art spans several genres, from visual arts and handcrafts to music, drama and dance. Artist mediums include woodworking, masonry, fabric and fiber arts, metal work, storytelling, calligraphy, bookbinding, instrument making, botanic arts, paper making, ethnic culinary arts, basketry, millinery, caning, painting, linguistics, print making, sculpture and cultural dance. The museum noted that it will consider fine artists for the roster “unless their artistic process centers around highly traditional techniques within their art form.”
The museum is a Folk and Traditional Arts Partner with the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and explained in an announcement that it “is working to help sustain cultural and artistic practices rooted in people’s histories, traditions and everyday lives in our region.”
“The immediate goal is to identify traditional and folk artists in this region, create a curated roster of those artists, assist them in keeping their traditional practices alive and increase public access to folk arts in our area,” the Everhart added.
Caitlin Heaney West is the content editor for Access NEPA and oversees the Early Access blog in addition to working as a copy editor and staff writer for The Times-Tribune. An award-winning journalist, she is a summa cum laude graduate of Shippensburg University and also earned a master’s degree from Marywood University. Caitlin joined the Times-Shamrock family in 2009 and lives in Scranton. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org; 570-348-9100 x5107; or @cheaneywest