(article) Creative Forces Listening Party Press Release


Texas Folklife and VSA Texas Announce “Stories for Creative Forces Listening Party”

Monday August 12, 2019
Cultural Activities Center
3011 N 3rd St, Temple, TX 76501
Free and open to the public with RSVP

A Presentation of Audio Stories and Writing Projects Created by Veterans during Creatives Forces: NEA Military Healing Arts Network Projects by Texas Folklife & VSA Texas

AUSTIN - (JULY 25) Texas Folklife and VSA Texas announce the presentation of audio stories and writing projects created by veterans during their 2019 workshops, part of a Creative Forces®: NEA Military Healing Arts Network Community Connections project. The workshops produced by Texas Folklife and VSA Texas were designed to help active duty military personnel and veterans express their stories and folklore ( beliefs, customs, and culture) through writing, storytelling, and audio production training. This event is free and open to the public with RSVP.

Audio stories presented at the event will also be distributed on the Texas Folklife Podcast, Texas Folklife’s SoundCloud, Public Radio Exchange (PRX), and local radio stations. Writing projects from VSA Texas will be featured in this year’s edition of The Re-Integration Project which will have its official release at the event. Free copies of this annual VSA Texas publication (funding provided by the Texas Commission on the Arts) will be available to event attendees and available online at https://vsatx.org.

The evening will also feature military folklorists Eric Eliason and Tad Tuleja as guest speakers, co-editors of Warrior Ways: Explorations in Modern Military Folklore (2012), illuminating the ways in which members of the armed services creatively express the complex experience of military life.

Participants of Texas Folklife’s workshops gained experience in research and interviewing techniques, audio recording, audio logging, transcribing, translating, writing composition, story crafting with audio field recordings, and audio editing. VSA Texas’ workshops focused on teaching writing styles and providing writing tools to help participants express their personal experiences through fiction, nonfiction and poetry.

Creative Forces: NEA Military Healing Arts Network is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with the U.S. Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs and the state and local arts agencies. This initiative serves the special needs of military patients and veterans with traumatic brain injury and psychological health conditions, as well as their families and caregivers. Administrative support for the initiative is provided by Americans for the Arts. Generous support for this project is also provided by Texas Commission on the Arts and the Fort Hood Intrepid Spirit Center and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Clinic.

Texas Folklife and VSA Texas in Announce “Stories for Creative Forces Listening Party”

Monday August 12, 2019
Cultural Activities Center
3011 N 3rd St, Temple, TX 76501
Public Listening Event
Monday, Aug. 12 / 6-8 p.m.
Temple Cultural Activities Center
3011 N 3rd St. Temple, TX 76501
The event is free and open to the public with RSVP
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For more information, visit texasfolklife.org and arts.gov/national-initiatives/creative-forces/community-network.

Texas Folklife (TXF) is a statewide non-profit organization dedicated to presenting and preserving the diverse cultures and living heritage of the Lone Star State. TXF is designated by the National Endowment for the Arts as the official folk and traditional arts organization for the state. Since 1984, the TXF has honored traditions passed down within communities, explored the importance of traditional arts in contemporary society and celebrated the state’s vibrant heritage by providing arts experiences enjoyable and accessible for all generations. For more information, visit www.texasfolklife.org.

VSA Texas is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization that operates at the intersection of arts, education, and disability. We believe that arts experiences enhance the skills, confidence, and quality of life for all people, especially for people with disabilities. We support this by offering programs that enable educational achievement and career success, events that feature the work of diverse artists, and specialized arts training for artists, educators and service providers. For more information, visit https://vsatx/org.

Charlie Lockwood / Texas Folklife / clockwood@texasfolklife.org / 512-441-9255

Danea Johnson / Stories from Deep in the Heart Program Director / stories@texasfolklife.org / 512-441-9255

April Sullivan / Artworks Director / april@vsatx.org / 512-454-9912

Susan Slattery / VSA Texas / susan@vsatx.org / 512-454-9912