BOTTLE WORKS is a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts


Folk and Traditional Arts Infrastructure Center


We are one of six statewide Folk Arts Infrastructure Centers for Pennsylvania Council on the Arts

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The goals of the Folk and Traditional Arts Infrastructure are to document, investigate, present and sustain the folk and traditional art of Pennsylvanians today. This Infrastructure is a system of six independent organizations, covering 32 counties, that form a mutually supportive network. Bottle Works, along with these other organizations promote the creation and documentation of folk art of the highest artistic excellence; engage the public in understanding the quality, breadth and diversity of folk and traditional arts across the state; conduct critical discovery fieldwork in under-represented communities; and provide technical assistance for folk and traditional artists through workshops and gatherings.
We are eager to talk with you about cultural arts traditions you carry on, or assist you in applying for the Apprenticeship program, or other technical and artistic needs.


Folk and Traditional Arts are defined as those artistic traditions characteristic of specific ethnic, religious, linguistic, occupational, or regional groups. These arts are shaped and shared within families, neighborhoods, and communities. They are passed down from one generation to another and learned through on-going participation in community-based activities, and through observation, practice or apprenticeships with elders and masters rather than through classes, books or other means of institutional instruction.




Apprenticeships in Folk and Traditional Arts are grants from the PCA which support the learning of traditional arts within cultural communities across the state. Each grant award provides funding to a partnership between a master traditional artist and a qualified apprentice, enabling them to work together to share and develop advanced techniques or repertoire.  Apprenticeships in Traditional Arts grants are offered annually in BOTH performing or craft traditions. Artists who receive the award are also profiled on the statewide Folk Art Infrastructure website.

For assistance call Consultant: Bottle Works Creative Director-Matt Lamb at 814-535-2020




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