Southern New England Apprenticeship Program

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Southern New England Apprenticeship Program

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The Southern New England Apprenticeship Program (SNEAP) helps communities preserve their cultural knowledge by supporting teaching relationships between a mentor and apprentice. The program provides funding to cross-state apprenticeship teams from Rhode Island, Massachusetts, or Connecticut. The teaching and learning of traditional arts, trades, practices, and crafts helps sustain living cultural heritage forms that are important to a community. These traditional forms are expressions of community identity and values and are usually taught informally. These traditional forms can include performing arts, crafts, trade/occupational skills, and religious, seasonal, or ceremonial traditions. (Reenactments, recreations, and historic reproductions are not eligible under this program).


Some examples of communities and traditional forms might include:

Occupation blacksmithing; mandolin making; hotrod car building; taxidermy
Community lion dance; santos-carving; liturgical song; hip-hop
Ethnicity iconography; wampum-carving; traditional food-making; cultural wedding practices

The Southern New England Apprenticeship Program has developed a regional network of excellent traditional and occupational artists who actively practice their art forms. For over 25 years, 161 apprenticeships have taken place with more than 500 folk artists participating. A full list of previous apprenticeships can be viewed here.

The Connecticut Cultural Heritage Arts Program at the Connecticut Museum of Culture and History manages the program in collaboration with the Folk Arts Program at the Mass Cultural Council and independent folklorist Winifred Lambrecht. Primary funding for the program comes from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Connecticut Office of the Arts/DECD, and other partner organizations.


If you need assistance or have any questions, please contact SNEAP Manager, Philitha Stemplys-Cowdrey or your state’s program director. They are:


Philitha Stemplys-Cowdrey
SNEAP Manager
CT Historical Society
1 Elizabeth St.
Hartford, CT 06105
860-236-5621 x 201

Rhode Island

Winifred Lambrecht, PhD
Rhode Island Folklorist
401-454-6266 (office)
401-864-9006 (cell)


Maggie Holtzberg, PhD
Folk and Traditional Arts Coordinator
Mass Cultural Council
10 St. James Ave.
Boston, MA 02116


The application for the Southern New England Apprenticeship Program is now open for the 2023-2024 program cycle.

Application window open May 1, 2023
Application deadline July 21, 2023
Notification date** September 1, 2023
Time period covered (including public presentation) September 2023 – June 30, 2024
Mentor & apprentice final report due** June 30, 2024

*Please note that dates are subject to change.
**Awards will be distributed in two payments. The first at the signing of contracts, and the second after the submission of the final report to the SNEAP Manager.


Click a link to download an application and the program FAQ:

2023-2024 SNEAP Application (Fillable PDF)


2023-2024 SNEAP Application (For Print)


2023-2024 Solicitud SNEAP (PDF para cumplimentar)


2023-2024 Solicitud SNEAP (para imprimir y cumplimentar)

Application assistance and draft review is available through July 14, 2023. To schedule, please contact SNEAP Manager, Philitha Stemplys-Cowdrey at or call 860-236-5621 ext. 201.

The postmark deadline for final applications is July 21, 2023.
Applications may be submitted electronically to or mailed to:

Connecticut Museum of Culture and History
Attn: SNEAP Manager
1 Elizabeth Street
Hartford, CT 06105

This program is funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Cornelia T. Bailey Foundation, and supported by the Connecticut Cultural Fund, the Connecticut Office of the Arts (DECD), and the Connecticut Museum of Culture and History. Our institutional partners are the Mass Cultural Council, the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, and the Afro Caribbean Cultural Center.

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