Mid Atlantic Arts partners with Grow Appalachia and the Appalachian Studies Association on the Appalachian Foodways Practitioner Fellowships. These fellowships honor, celebrate, and support foodways tradition bearers in Central Appalachia who have made significant contributions to sustaining and supporting the foodways heritage of their communities.

Fellows may include home cooks and bakers, seed savers, farmers, community elders, keepers of recipes and traditional foodways knowledge, hunters, and foragers. Fellows must be from an Appalachian Regional Commission-designated county. Priority is given to applicants from Ohio, Virginia, and West Virginia.

Each Fellow receives $4,000 in unrestricted funding and a unique physical award created by an Appalachian traditional artist. The Fellows are honored each year at the Appalachian Studies Association Annual Conference.

The Appalachian Foodways Practitioner Fellowships are part of Mid Atlantic Arts’ Central Appalachia Living Traditions program.


Eligibility and Schedule

2024 Program Now Open

  • Application Open: November 1, 2023
  • Applications Due: December 15, 2023
  • Award Ceremony at 2024 Appalachian Studies Association Conference: March 7-9, 2024, in Cullowhee, NC

Current Fellows

2023 Appalachian Foodways Practitioner Fellows:

  • Femeika Elliott: Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Sergio Herrera: Mifflintown, Pennsylvania
  • Jason B. Tartt, Sr.: Berwind, West Virginia

Learn more about the 2023 Fellows here. The 2023 Appalachian Foodways Practitioner Fellows were honored at an awards ceremony and invited to present at the 2023 Appalachian Studies Association Annual Conference in Athens, Ohio. In addition to $4,000 monetary awards, each 2023 Fellow received a unique physical award created by Berea College Student Craft.

Previous Fellows

2022 Appalachian Foodways Practitioner Fellows:

  • Yawah Awolowo: Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Travis and Rebecka Fugate: Emmalena, Kentucky
  • Wayne Riley: London, Kentucky

Learn more about the 2022 fellows here. Each 2022 Fellow received a unique physical award created by West Virginia ceramicist Joy Bridy.

Opportunity & Support Type
Target Candidate
Folklife & Traditional Arts
Regional Requirement
Appalachian Counties of OH, VA, and WV
Questions or need guidance?
Ellie Dassler
Program Director, Folk and Traditional Arts
Joel Chapman
Program Associate, Folk and Traditional Arts
Funding support provided by:
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