Tuolumne, CA– Long time Tuolumne County resident Jennifer Bates, has received a grant from the Alliance for California Traditional Artists to mentor an apprentice in the art of basket weaving.
Bates, also a resident of the Tuolumne Me-Wuk Rancheria, is one of the founders and past-presidents of the California Indian Basket Weaver’s Association, and is the Personnel Development Manager at Black Oak Casino.
Participants in the 2011 Apprenticeship Grant Program consists of 43 artists who reflect California’s cultural diversity and intergenerational learning. Throughout California, these master artists include 11-year-old apprentices along with artists well into their 70’s.
These apprenticeships reflect indigenous California cultural practices including Miwok and Maidu basketry among other traditional art forms.