Posted on Mon Feb 3, 2014
2017 Program Guidelines and Application (Fillable PDF)
2017 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. This grant will compensate the master artist for his or her time and training; a specified amount...
Posted on Tue May 10, 2016
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Posted on Wed Oct 21, 2015
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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 Aug 4, 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 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 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...