Comhghairdeas, Michael Steen! I am delighted to be the recipient of a second grant to support my mentorship of Michael Steen of Portland, OR who was accepted into the Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program (TAAP) for 2018-2019. I have been mentoring Michael in singing within the Irish tradition. Traditional arts express a community's heritage and living cultural practices. The Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program(TAAP) recognizes the knowledge and skills of excellent folk and traditional artists. TAAP assists accomplished mentors to pass on their living traditions to promising apprentices of the same cultural heritage and community. A state-level honor of great prestige, TAAP awards are often a precursor for the most excellent traditional artists to become nominated for the National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellowship award.