Update on 5/18/23: Due to unforeseen and unavoidable circumstances we have rescheduled this event for Thursday, August 17.

Join us for a reception and film screening as we celebrate four teams from the broader Roanoke area who completed a Virginia Folklife Apprenticeship in 2022-23! The following artists will be honored during this event:

This is a free event, but registration is required. The Taubman Museum of Art is wheelchair accessible, if you have requests for other accessibility accommodations, please be in touch at folklife@virginiahumanities.org.

5:30pm: Reception
Enjoy complimentary light refreshments and a display of instruments built and repaired by Daniel Smith and Richard Maxham

6pm: Film Screening
Short documentary videos invite you to step inside the workshops, practice rooms, and studios of Apprenticeship Artists to learn more about these cultural traditions and the communities that sustain them

7pm: Apprenticeship Celebration
We will welcome each team onto the stage to celebrate their work together

Since its launch in 2002, Virginia Folklife’s Apprenticeship Program has served 142 two-or-more person teams of mentor artists and their apprentices, granting funding to encourage the continuation of living traditions and a public platform to share their work. The program is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts Folk Arts Program, the Virginia Commission for the Arts, with additional support provided by the J & E Berkley Foundation. About the Virginia Folklife Program of Virginia Humanities.

Two Black women stand facing the camera, the older woman is behind a fence where a sign reading "Songs of Peace" hangs.
Bernadette “BJ” Lark, right, is mentoring Alanjha Harris in Gullah Geechee gospel traditions. CommUNITY ARTS-reach campus, Roanoke. Photo by Pat Jarrett / Virginia Humanities.
Two men sit together in a workshop, holding handmade violins, surrounded by instrument-making equipment
Daniel Smith (right) and Richard Maxham in Daniel’s workshop in his home in Lynchburg. All photos by Pat Jarrett/Virginia Humanities.