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Folk and Traditional Arts of Texas

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.  In 2015 Texas Folklife relaunched 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 current year program application and guidelines.
Most recent articles, events, video, audio and blog posts for this page:
  • Posted on Mon Aug 22, 2016
    Some of the earliest introductions to shoemaking for Master Artist Lee Miller and Apprentice Dana Perrotti was a practice in trial and error. For Lee, an early attempt to change the shape of a boot’s toe with a saw resulted in the saw coming right off the boot entirely. Dana lovingly refers to one of her earliest projects making shoes as “that really ugly loafer”: “part of the reason it was so...
  • Posted on Fri Aug 12, 2016
    The various parts that make up an accordion can seem daunting upon first glance. The accordion and tuning repair shop that Master Artist Augustin “Gus” Escobar (pictured right, on the right) runs outside of his house in Schertz contains an immense array of accordions and accordion parts all throughout the workshop. As full accordions line the walls, various reeds and treble arms are organized...
  • Posted on Fri Aug 5, 2016
    It was always a dream for Daniel Malik to perform with the famous polka musician Joe Patek. The Patek family were revered throughout the 20th century as one of, if not the, most popular polka orchestra throughout all of Texas. Many Texans may recognize the popular standard “Shiner Song,” an arrangement by the Patek band that has become the (un)official anthem of the Texas Czech people.  So...
  • Posted on Fri Jul 29, 2016
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  • Posted on Tue Jul 19, 2016
    Master Artist Eva Ybarra touts a progressive style of conjunto playing. Far from containing her abilities within a traditional style of playing, Ms. Ybarra flies across the ivory buttons on her Gabbanelli accordion; her fingers speed across the various scales to make it almost untraceable to the human eye. Iliana Vasquez, her apprentice, explains her uncommon style in greater detail: “She’s one...
  • Posted on Fri Jul 8, 2016
       The accordion may be referred to as the symbolic instrument of the polka. Particularly in Texas – where the Czech style of polka refers to the massive immigration from the area now known as Czechia (formerly the Czech Republic; formerly Czechoslovakia; formerly Bohemia, Moravia, and Silesia) – the music can be heard far and wide at the various church picnics, weddings, and social...
  • Posted on Mon Nov 24, 2014
    A couple of weeks ago I had the privilege of serving on a grant panel review for ACTA, the Alliance of California Traditional Arts.  It was really nice to get out of the Texas mindset and learn from distinguished colleagues all that is going on in California.  Let me tell you - they've got lots going on!   Their director, Amy Kitchner, is a leader in the national folk arts scene...
  • Posted on Mon Oct 13, 2014
    A celebration of all things fiddle right in the heart of Texas Folklife. We here at TXF are happy to announce 30 years of fiddle fanatacism and we're kicking it all of with a fiddle friday - and the best part? You're all invited! 30 Years of Texas Fiddle Program Review          Materials of the Texas Folklife archive on display.  Presentation by Texas Folklife...
  • Posted on Fri Oct 18, 2013
    Annelize Machado apprentices from master south Indian dancer Anu Naimpally in Austin.   Stories from Deep in the Heart Summer Institute teachers featured Annelize's journey in a short radio piece, directed by radio veteran Maria Martin.

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