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Stories Summer Institute 2019 is a wrap!

The annual Stories Summer Institute was June 17-21, 2019. During the Institute, participants crafted stories with instruction and guidance from audio radio producers and a guest folklorist instructor. Participants enrolled from education and nonprofits backgrounds and created four unique audio stories about "Women in the Austin Music Scene." The intensive workshop covered radio production, such as interviewing, logging, and sound, and also the folklore tradition of storytelling. Guest folklorist Rachel González-Martin (PhD) faciliated conversations about the emergent story, situated interviewing, and themes of gender/genre/region. Dr.González-Martin is a Folklorist and an Assistant Professor of Latino Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. She holds a PhD in Folklore & Ethnomusicology from Indiana University. 


The "Women in the Austin Scene" stories created during the Institute are:

Musician Connie Jo Kirk uses food to share her legacy and love. Produced by Elizabeth Maldonado, Taylor Prewitt, and Ezra McPherson with assistance from Danea Johnson.
Punk Musician & Creator of Community Record Store, Kana Harris merges all. Produced by Mary Hollyman, Tony Plata, and Cynthia Luna with assistance from Michelle Mejia.
A snapshot into the struggles and triumphs of Austin's hidden gem, Tameca Jones. Produced by Tina Steiner, Jay Bhattacharyya, and Maria Fernandez with assistance from Chase Frank.
Andrea Cortez strikes a balance between music therapeutic practices and eastern spirituality. Produced by Gabriela Garza, and Alamgir Lalani with assistance from Carlos Salazar. 


Stories from Deep in the Heart is supported in part through grants from the Texas Commission on the Arts and an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art; the City of Austin through the Cultural Arts Division of the Economic Development Department and Department of Telecommunications & Regulatory Affairs Grant for Technology Opportunities; and generous support from the Austin Independent School District, KUT 90.5FM, and RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service at UT Austin's LBJ School of Public Affairs.


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