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Apprenticeships in the Folk & Traditional Arts

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Apprenticeships
The Apprenticeship Program connects master artists to skilled apprentices who receive training in a traditional art form. Teaching an apprentice gives the master artist the opportunity to refine his craft and gives the apprentice a chance to learn an art form that they, in turn, can teach others. Apprenticeships breathe life into the traditional arts and foster the continuation of that art form.  This year Texas Folklife is relaunching this foundational folk and traditional arts program, thanks in part to support from a National Endowment for the Arts Partnership Award with the Texas Commission for the Arts.  See below for 2016 program application and guidelines.
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  • Posted on Mon Feb 3, 2014
      Deadline for the 2016 Application has passed.  Please stay tuned for future application openings.2016 Program Guidelines and Application (Fillable PDF)2016 Program Guidelines and Application (For Print) Texas Folklife’s Apprenticeship in the Folk Arts program encourages the continuation of traditional arts in Texas by providing grants to master artists to train apprentices...
  • Posted on Thu Nov 19, 2015
      On November 19th I had the honor of attending a planning meeting for a 2017 series of events involving the 35th anniversary of the NEA Heritage Awards Fellowships and 50th Anniversary of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington, DC. This diplomatic mission came about after executive director Cristina Balli was unable to attend the meeting due to her presentation at an event honoring...
  • Posted on Wed Oct 21, 2015
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MEDIA CONTACT: Sheree Scarborough (512) 922-5483, sheree.scarborough@gmail.com     TEXAS FOLKLIFE LAUNCHES “2016 Apprenticeships in the Folk & Traditional Arts” PROGRAM   Grants of up to $1,500 available for Apprentices to train with Master Artists in the Folk and Traditional Arts of TexasPriority given to Polka and Zydeco Applications, but...
  • Posted on Mon Oct 19, 2015
    The Elisabet Ney Museum and Texas Folklife present the Second First Annual POLKAPOCALYPSE!   Sunday October 25 2015, from noon to 5:30 PM   At the Elisabet Ney Museum, 304 E 44th Street, 78751 Our headline act this year? The pride of Denton Texas, Grammy Award winners BRAVE COMBO!! Also featuring Mazeltov Cocktail Hour, The Fabulous Polkasonics, Conjunto Los Pinkys and Polish Pete...
  • Posted on Wed May 6, 2015
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MEDIA CONTACT: Sheree Scarborough (512) 922-5483, sheree.scarborough@gmail.com                                                  ...
  • Posted on Wed Apr 1, 2015
               In eight cities from south, central, east and north Texas, 3,100 miles covered in about 50 hours of driving (the length of a cross-country road trip!), eleven television and radio appearances, presenting seventy four artists in showcases to over 1,000 traditional music fans with twelve partnering cultural organizations or businesses, all in the span of...
  • Posted on Wed Jan 28, 2015
    I've been writing about conjunto music and sustainability for some time (for example here and here) and most recently have been working on a book project titled Conjunto Music: Sustaining the Texas Tradition, which I am co-authoring with none other than Cristina Ballí.  The book is a very timely and necessary study. It will be first examination of contemporary conjunto...
  • Posted on Thu Aug 14, 2014
                   For Chitravina N. Ravikiran (Born 1967), music is not just a vocation; it is intrinsically tied to his family history. Ravikiran's father was a master musician himself, and in his son recognized remarkable musical gifts.  As a two year old, he shocked the Indian music community by identifying and rendering 325 ragas (melodic scales) and...
  • Posted on Tue Aug 5, 2014
    Vocalist Seetha Chandrashekhar is undertaking Texas Folklife's apprenticeship in the folk & traditional arts program by training with master Carnatic (South Indian) musician and composer Chitravina N. Ravikran, one of Indian music's most inspiring ambassadors.  Based in Coppell, TX, Chandrashekhar has been working with Ravikiran on three important features of the Carnatic vocal...
  • Posted on Tue Aug 5, 2014
    The land for the Karya Siddhi Hanuman Temple is located in the city of Frisco. Frisco is one of the fastest growing cities in the nation and has grown to 100,000 over the last 10 years. The city is home to a diverse group of people and as mentioned by Sri Swamiji in Baton Rouge, the land is situated next to a church, across from a school, and in the heart of a residential area. Sri Swamiji...

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