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Austin, Texas – February 8, 2016 – As the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)-designated Folk & Traditional Arts organization for the state of Texas, Texas Folklife recently received a $35,000 NEA state partnership grant award in conjunction with the Texas Commission on the Arts (TCA) to revitalize the program last year. With this application process and these 2016 awards, Texas Folklife has brought this longstanding program back to life.
Apprentices were selected by an application process and vetted through a panel of esteemed professionals. Ten pairs of master artist and apprentices in a variety of disciplines were chosen. The awardees are:
Master Derrick T. Hulim and apprentice Tyrone Gray in the art of Mardi Gras Indian suit sewing;
Master Lee Miller and apprentice Dana Perrotti in the art of fitting custom cowboy boots;
Master John Dujka and apprentice Mason Nesvadba in the art of Czech polka and waltz on piano accordion;
Master Daniel Malik and apprentice Sydney Jon Hermann in the art of Czech polka and alto saxophone;
Master Brian Marshall and apprentice Michal Marshall in the art of Texas Polka fiddling;
Master Ed Poullard and apprentice Dan Chevalier in the art of the Creole fiddle;
Master Eva Ybarra and apprentice Iliana Vasquez in the art of conjunto accordion;
Master Valerie Ryals and apprentice Jessica Sell in the art of Texas fiddling;
Master Bob Suttie and apprentice Charlie Bubenik in the art of Czech polka accordion;
and Master Gus Escobar and apprentice Bradley Williams in the art of accordion tuning and repair.
“We at Texas Folklife are exceedingly pleased to be getting back to our own roots with the Apprenticeship Program,” said Charlie Lockwood, Program and Development Director. “And we are honored to be working with the NEA and TCA to help promote and support Texas traditional artists from a wide variety of disciplines. This year the Apprenticeship Program will support an assortment of music performance, instrument tuning, and material craft traditions.”
This program is made possible in part from a State Partnership award from the National Endowment from the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art, in partnership with the Texas Commission on the Arts.Additional support provided by the city of Austin Cultural Arts Division.
About Texas Folklife
Texas Folklife is a statewide non-profit organization dedicated to presenting and preserving the diverse cultures and living heritage of the Lone Star State. For 31 years, Texas Folklife has honored cultural traditions passed down within communities, explored their importance in contemporary society, and celebrated them by providing accessible and joyful arts experiences.
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