A few years ago, I wrote a review for the Journal of Folklore Research Reviews of a great book by folklorist Jon Lohman. In Good Keeping: Virginia’s Folklife Apprenticeships survey’s Virginia’s impressive apprenticeship program.I thought my readers might be interested in this work. Here is an excerpt of and link to my review essay.
“Apprentice programs are often conceived of as a core initiative of state folklife or traditional arts programs. Virginia state folklorist Jon Lohman initiated the Virginia Folklife Apprenticeship program in 2001 through a National Endowment for the Arts grant. The attractive coffee-table book In Good Keeping provides an overview of the master artists and apprentices whom the Virginia Folklife Program supported during the first five years of the initiative. The book includes an introductory essay, generous black and white photographs, and brief written profiles of the apprenticeship pairs with lengthy quotes from the artists.” Read Jon’s Review