Partner: WV Folklife Program

The team at The Hub is partnering with the West Virginia Folklife Program to feature the inaugural Folklife Apprenticeship Program at New Story. Masters and apprentices will take part in New Story conference sessions at the Lewisburg State Fairgrounds and at the Alderson Night Out bonus event.

The Apprenticeship Program offers up to a $3,000 stipend to West Virginian master traditional artists and tradition bearers to work with qualified apprentices on a year-long, in-depth apprenticeship in their cultural expression or traditional art form.

These apprenticeships are offered to masters of traditional music, dance, craft, foodways, storytelling, and more—in any cultural community in the Mountain State—and support the passing on of techniques and artistry as well as their histories and traditions.

LadyDPortrait5Master gospel and blues singer Lady D of Beckley
Top of page: Master fiddle Doug Van Gundy and apprentice Annie Stroud perform at an event for the Humanities Council at the WVU Blaney House in Morgantown

WV Folklife New Story Events

Thursday, May 31 – State Fair Grounds 

  • 1:30-3pm – West Virginia Folklife Apprenticeship Narrative Stage Showcase: Performances and demonstrations by master artists and apprentices
  • 3:30pm – Herb Walk: Master herbalist Marion Harless leads a walk through the fair grounds

Thursday, May 31 – Alderson Night Out (Bonus Event)

  • 6-9pm – Allegheny Hellbenders at the Gazebo: Fiddle apprentice Annie Stroud and friends play live music

Friday, June 1 – State Fair Grounds

  • 11am-12:30pm – Experiences from the Field: Making the Most of Fellowships in WV: apprentices Amy Dawson, Jen Iskow, and Annie Stroud participate

BardwellBrownDawson-27Master salt rising bread bakers Jenny Bardwell and Susan Brown (R) with apprentice Amy Dawson (L)

2017-2018 Folklife Apprenticeship pairs

  • Genevieve Bardwell & West Virginia native Susan Ray Brown, both residents of Mount Morris, PA, with apprentice Amy Dawson of Lost Creek (salt rising bread)
  • Lady D (Doris Fields) of Beckley with apprentice Xavier C. Oglesby of Huntington (black gospel/blues)
  • Marion Harless of Kerens with apprentice Kara Vaneck of Weston (green traditions/herbalism)
  • John D. Morris of Ivydale with apprentice Jen Iskow of Thomas (Clay County old-time fiddle)
  • Doug Van Gundy of Elkins with apprentice Annie Stroud of Morgantown (old-time fiddle)

To learn more about West Virginia Folklife and the Apprenticeship Program, visit