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Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Webinar
Thinking about applying for a Traditional Arts Apprenticeship grant or just want to learn more about the program? Master artists and past grantees Elaina Hernandez and Talcon Quinn join our Individual Artist Programs staff to discuss the process of planning an apprenticeship, crafting a strong application, and adapting work plans in the face of adversity.

Jan 28, 2021 04:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Elaina Hernandez
Director @El Corazon Mexico
Elaina Hernandez of Toledo, Ohio is the director and founder of El Corazon de Mexico (The Heart of Mexico), a dance group that performs Mexican folkloric dances at festivals, schools, and cultural events across Ohio and throughout the Midwest. The group is made up of more than 60 dancers ranging in age from 6 to 40 years old. They practice year-round to maintain their repertoire of more than 100 dances from the various states of Mexico. Elaina has taught folkloric dance for more than 25 years, and during that time has played a key role in strengthening Latino networks in northwest Ohio by building community among dancers and their families – all of whom participate in the group free of charge. Elaina received the Diamante Award in Adult Leadership in 2010 from IMAGE of Northwest Ohio, a regional Latino advocacy group, and in 2016 the Ohio Arts Council awarded Elaina the Ohio Heritage Fellowship, recognizing her essential work in sustaining Mexican dance in Ohio.
Talcon Quinn
Talcon Quinn designs and makes objects of use and adornment out of materials that are sustainably sourced and ethically produced from around her home in Athens, Ohio. Through apprenticeships of her own, she learned the practice of brain tanning, a traditional and nontoxic method of processing deer hides to make leather. Brain tanning has been practiced by many cultures around the world, including indigenous peoples and settlers in North America. With her TAA award Talcon was able to share this skill with Juniper Ballew, a granddaughter of the Pokagon band of the Potawatomi Nation, providing Juniper with insight into the hard work her relatives put into crafting their leather. Talcon sources her hides from local subsistence hunters and uses other found or ethically processed materials to make wearable art imbued with her care and respect for the natural world. Talcon teaches classes in brain tanning, basketry, and other skills in southeast Ohio and in folk schools around the country.