Artists and organizations in New York State will receive a combined total of $225,000 in grants thanks to assistance from New York Folklore. These funds come from 21 successful applications submitted to the New York State Council on the Arts – more than triple the number of sponsored applications by New York Folklore in 2022. The support is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.  Artists and organizations were funded in three categories this year: Apprenticeship Grants, Support for Artists, and Support for Organizations.  

“Apprenticeship Grants” through the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) are one of the foundational tools in the field of folklore and folk arts in New York State.  Through this program, “master” artists take on one or more apprentices to pass on their skills and knowledge. Apprentices can be other community members or a member of their own family. “Support for Artists” funds creative commissions to individual artists, this relatively new category has allowed a greater number of artists access to NYSCA funding. 

As a support and service organization, fiscal sponsorship and grant assistance are a large part of the work we do at New York Folklore. We are thrilled to support this cohort of artists and organizations in 2023.  If you are an artist or tradition bearer who is interested in learning about these and other opportunities, please contact our office. 

New York Folklore looks forward to celebrating with this group in 2023.

Congratulations to the supported artists and artists and organizations across the state! 

New York Folklore Supported Applications 

Apprenticeships  

Devesh Chandra, Master; Saurav Bavdekar, Apprentice. Indian Classical Music 

Efthimios (Altin) Stoja and Jorida Laraku, Apprentice. Greek Iconography 

Tashi Sharzur, Master; Tenzin Norbu, Apprentice. Tibetan Traditional Music. 

Veena Chandra, Master; Vibhava Ranade and Anshu Chandra, Apprentices. Indian Classical Music 

Zorkie Nelson, master artist; Elizabeth Fo Fo Niiquaye and Patience Lamptey, Apprentices 

 Master; 2 Apprentices. Kochi Dress Making 

Support for Organizations 

Guyana Cultural Association of New York 

West Hill Refugee Welcome Center 

Support for Artists 

Aurelius John, Pakistani Music: Bansuri, Dholak, Dhol and Tabla 

Daniel Walayat, Pakistani Music: Vocal  

Devesh Chandra, Indian Classical Music 

Dvonne Faulks, African American Hairbraiding 

Latifa Ali Muhammad: Afghan Embroidery 

Ehsue Aung: Karen Dance 

Pamela Badila: African Folktales & Stories 

Pinya Aung: Karen Tenaku Harp 

Shaman Raphael: Pakistani Music: Ghazal and Harmonium 

Veena Chandra: Indian Classical Music Sitar 

Zelda Hotaling: Native American Healing Arts 

Zorkie Nelson: Ghanaian musician 

Chloe Harrison: Solo exhibition and public mural 

These funds are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.   

New York Folklore Supported Applications

Apprenticeships 

Devesh Chandra, Master; Saurav Bavdekar, Apprentice. Indian Classical Music

Efthimios (Altin) Stoja and Jorida Laraku, Apprentice. Greek Iconography

Tashi Sharzur, Master; Tenzin Norbu, Apprentice. Tibetan Traditional Music.

Veena Chandra, Master; Vibhava Ranade and Anshu Chandra, Apprentices. Indian Classical Music

Zorkie Nelson, master artist; Elizabeth Fo Fo Niiquaye and Patience Lamptey, Apprentices

Belgess Enayatullah, Master; Aqsa Ahmad Shah and Abida Sa, Apprentices. Kochi Dress Making

Support for Organizations

Guyana Cultural Association of New York

West Hill Refugee Welcome Center

Support for Artists

Aurelius John, Pakistani Music: Bansuri, Dholak, Dhol and Tabla

Daniel Walayat, Pakistani Music: Vocal

Devesh Chandra, Indian Classical Music

Dvonne Faulks, African American Hairbraiding

Latifa Ali Muhammad: Afghan Embroidery

Ehsue Aung: Karen Dance

Pamela Badila: African Folktales & Stories

Pinya Aung: Karen Tenaku Harp

Shaman Raphael: Pakistani Music: Ghazal and Harmonium

Veena Chandra: Indian Classical Music Sitar

Zelda Hotaling: Native American Healing Arts

Zorkie Nelson: Ghanaian musician

Chloe Harrison: Solo exhibition and public mural