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The New Apprenticeship Project  supports contemporary creative and skills-based training, updating the traditional form of apprenticeships through research and the publication of resources in order to meet the needs of today’s craft community.


Born out of The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design’s September 2012 Think Tank, The New Apprenticeship Project is the result of a convene of seventeen scholars, practitioners, and experts on apprenticeships. For two days attendee’s met to present and discuss the status of apprenticeship within the American culture and economy today. You can download a report on the proceedings here.


Craft Think Tank participants were asked to share web-based resources with one another prior to the meeting. What follows is a list of these resources.

Apprenticeship City and Guilds Centre for Skills Development. Web. 1 September 2012.

Auchmuty, Richard. “The Need of Trade Schools.” Century Magazine, November 1886: pp. 83-92.Web and Print. 1 September 2012.

Auerbach, Lisa Anne. “Don’t Do It Journal of Aesthetics and Protest. November 2008. Web. 1 September 2012.

Careers and Internships: Cooperative Education Internships.” School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Web. 1 September 2012.

Galloway, Julia. “Chapter 2: Post-graduation > Apprenticeships., circa 2006. 1 September 2012. Web.

Hansman, Catherine. “Diversity and Power in Mentoring Relationships” in Critical Perspecitves on Mentoring: Trends and Issues. Ed. C.A. Hansman. Columnus, Ohio: ERIC Clearinghouse on Adult,Career, and Vocational Education, Ohio State University, 2002a. Print.

Hewitt, Mark. “Who’d be a Potter?” National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts. Baltimore, Maryland, 17 March 2005. Lecture.

Hindman, Mark. “E[nstitute], School for Entrepreneurs, Emerges from NY Startup Huffington Post, 4 April 2012. Web. 1 September 2012.

An Introduction to Creative Mentoring. Mosaic: Voices of Community. Film on Web. 1 September 2012.

Jacoby, Daniel. “Apprenticeship in the United States.” Economic History Association, 1 February 2010. Web. 1 September 2012.

MARN Arts in Milwaukee. Web. 1 September 2012.

“The Meaning of Intelligence.” On Being. August 30, 2012. Radio.


We are currently in the process of collecting further information on contemporary examples of apprenticeships in order to better inform our goal of facilitating the connection of mentors and apprentices, and to provide them with toolkits and models that promote positive and productive experiences.

As an apprentice/intern/ assistant or mentor/master, we would appreciate your contribution to our project by filling out this brief questionnaire. Feel free to use the Notes/Comments section at the end of the survey to expand on topics that you feel are pertinent.

By taking this survey and filling out your contact information you will be entered into a drawing to win Makers: A History of American Studio Craft – the first and only comprehensive history of its kind!

Please note: all information provided in this questionnaire will remain confidential.

Apprentices Click Here!

Masters Click Here!


College Art Association Conference
14 February 2013, 5:30-7pm
Hilton, Times Square, New York

Towards a New Apprenticeship Model: The Case for Experiential Learning
Gramercy B, 2nd Floor
Chair: Stephanie Moore, The Center for Craft, Creativity, and Design

Making as Knowledge: The Role of Apprenticeships in Craft Education Today
panel discussion
Moderator: Ethan Lasser, Harvard Art Museum
Erin Fletcher, independent artist, North Bennett Street School
Alex Matisse, independent artist
Ken Sager, independent artist

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The New Apprenticeship Project
Mark Shapiro, independent scholar

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We invite you to keep informed about upcoming events and new developments with our project by adding your contact details to the New Apprenticeship Project Mailing List.

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