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Country-blues guitarist Tampa Blue performing with his apprentices
Two audio cassettes (DAT tapes) A copy of Tampa Blue's album 'Come to Sing' can be found in S 1640, box 22, tape 2. Michael Davis dropped out of the program before his apprenticeship was completed. For more information on Tampa Blue and his apprentices, see S 1644, box 7, folder 6. The Folk Arts Apprenticeship Program began in 1983 with a NEA grant of $22,000. The program provided an opportunity for master folk artists to share technical skills and cultural knowledge with apprentices in order to keep the tradition alive. Apprentices must have had some experience in the tradition and agreed to train for at least six months. The first project director was Blanton Owen, later replaced by folklorist Peter Roller. The program was continued each year through 2003.