Palm Sunday always brings to mind a parishoner at my church growing up. She was crafty before Pinterest and YouTube videos made it cool! She could do all the things with an ethnic twist starting with the "bouquets" made from elaborately braided and twisted palms to the pysanky eggs to the twisted paper stars we had on our Christmas tree. She continued to try and pass on her knowledge to my friends and me but, with the predictability of young people, we rolled our eyes and escaped her lessons as quickly as possible. Now, as I play a "How to Fold a Christmas star" video over and over again, I wish we had stayed!
Are you preserving a traditional craft -- whether it be creating something concrete like my ever elusive Christmas stars or a performing art such as dance, singing, music? The state of Pennsylvania wants to help you improve and preserve your knowledge for future generations with a Traditonal Arts Grant. Traditonal arts are defined as "...artistic traditions characteristic of specific ethnic, religious, linguistic, occupational or regional groups."
The deadline to submit an application for a grant is April 24 and you can see the application and more details here. For more help, you can attend a workshop about applying run by the woman in charge of the program Sally Van de Water. You can register for the free workshop here. Workshops will be held:
April 12 at the Walk In Art Center, 220 Parkway Avenue, Schuylkill Haven from 10 a.m. to noon
April 13 at Eckleys Miners Village, 2 Eckley Back Road, Weatherly from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m