(article) Texas Folklife Receives NEA Award


Grant to Support “Stories from Deep in the Heart” 2014 Summer Institute





Austin, Texas – April 25, 2014 – National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Acting Chairman Joan Shigekawa announced last week that Texas Folklife is one of 886 nonprofit organizations nationwide to receive an NEA Art Works grant. Texas Folklife is recommended for a $25,000 grant to support“Stories from Deep in the Heart” 2014 Summer Institute for teachers, students and administrators.


High school students and middle school or high school teachers and administrators will participate in Texas Folklife's 2014 Summer Institute “Stories from Deep in the Heart,” a five-day intensive fellowship in audio documentary production with professional producers, journalists and cultural workers. Participants will be guided through production of short audio documentaries on themes related to family and community traditions. Fellows will complete one audio story in groups during the program. The “Stories from Deep in the Heart” Summer Institute is part of an on-going series of workshops for teachers and students held by Texas Folklife in Austin area and Central Texas schools.


NEA Acting Chairman Shigekawa said, "The NEA is pleased to announce that Texas Folklife is recommended for an NEA Art Works grant. These NEA-supported projects will not only have a positive impact on local economies, but will also provide opportunities for people of all ages to participate in the arts, help our communities to become more vibrant, and support our nation's artists as they contribute to our cultural landscape."


“We are truly honored and grateful to be a recipient of this Art Works grant from the National Endowment for the Arts,” said Texas Folklife Executive Director Cristina Ballí. “This generous grant will help sponsor our Summer Institute that documents, preserves, and presents these powerful community and family stories from ‘deep in the heart of Texas.’”   


Art Works grants support the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and enhancement of the livability of communities through the arts. The NEA received 1,515 eligible applications under the Art Workscategory, requesting more than $76 million in funding. Of those applications, 886 are recommended for grants for a total of $25.8 million. For a complete listing of projects recommended for Art Works grant support, please visit the NEA website at arts.gov.



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