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Texas Folklife

Folk and Traditional Arts of Texas


Texas Commission on the Arts

The mission of the Texas Commission on the Arts (TCA) is to advance our state economically and culturally by investing in a creative Texas. TCA supports a diverse and innovative arts community in Texas, throughout the nation and internationally by providing resources to enhance economic development, arts education, cultural tourism and artist sustainability initiatives. 

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Humanities Texas

Humanities Texas advances heritage, culture, and education. As the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, we conduct and support public programs in history, literature, philosophy, and the other humanities disciplines. These programs strengthen Texas communities by cultivating the knowledge and judgment that representative democracy demands of its citizens.

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)

The National Endowment for the Arts was established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government. To date, the NEA has awarded more than $4 billion to support artistic excellence, creativity, and innovation for the benefit of individuals and communities. The NEA extends its work through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector.

Accordion All-Star Jam @ AKQ Live! Cd Release Party, Antone's Austin

Event Date: 
Wednesday, August 14, 2013 - 05:00
Event Category: 
Texas Folklife Event

All star list of Big Squeezers - Nachito Morales of Dallas (2011 Champ), Anthony Ortiz Jr. of Austin (finalist), and Michael Lopez Ramos of Dallas (2013 Champ.) 

Josh Baca, Texmaniacs accordionist, and guest accordionist Robert Casillas of San Antonio. Even Oscar Garcia, Texmaniacs bassist, takes a turn at the jam!

Big Squeeze Finals at Bullock Texas State History Museum

Event Date: 
Saturday, April 26, 2014 - 05:00
Event Category: 
Texas Folklife Event

The 8th Annual Big Squeeze contest & concert returns to the Bullock Museum in Austin!


This year we'll have 9 finalists competing in 3 separate categories: Conjunto (including Norteno, Tejano, etc); Zydeco (including Cajun, Creole, etc), and Polka (including Czech, German-style, etc.) 


Polkapocalypse Polka Festival - POSTPONED

Event Date: 
Saturday, November 23, 2013 - 18:00 to 23:00
Event Category: 
Texas Folklife Event

 POSTPONED - Due to inclement weather, the Elisabet Ney Museum has postponed The Polkapocalypse to a later date. The festival was scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 23 from noon to 5 p.m.

Exhibit Opening: Paño art - Handkerchief drawings from Texas prisons

Event Date: 
Sunday, August 18, 2013 - 19:00 to 21:00
Event Category: 
Texas Folklife Event
Sunday August 18, From 2:00 to 4:00 PM
Free and open to the public.
Texas Folklife Gallery, 1317 S. Congress, Austin (behind Ten Thousand Villages)
Regular Gallery Hours: 11 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Mon - Fri The paño art collection of artist and collector Ed Jordan will on display at the Texas Folklife gallery. Jordan began collecting paños after teaching art at Blinn College's auxiliary campus at the federal prison in Bastrop, Texas. Jordan is a collector of Mexican folk art and a long-time member of Austin Friends of Folk Art.