Preserving and perpetuating the traditional artforms of Central Appalachia is essential to our region's identity. There are in-state opportunities for developing mentor-apprentice relationships, but what if state lines separate the artists? The Folk & Traditional Arts Cross-Border Mentor-Apprentice Program bridges this gap by supporting mentor artist and apprentice relationships that cross state borders with $5,000 in order to develop shared cultural heritage in Central Appalachia. This program is open to mentor artists from eligible counties in Kentucky, North Carolina, and Tennessee who apply with an apprentice from an eligible county in a different state. Apprentices may reside in ARC counties in Kentucky, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, or West Virginia.