(article) Texas Folklife To Receive $73,000 from the National Endowment for the Arts to Support Public Programs




Sheree Scarborough

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Funding will Support “Stories from Deep in the Heart” and the Apprenticeship Program 

More than $82 Million Awarded for Arts Projects Nationwide


Austin, Texas – June 15, 2017 – National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu has approved more than $82 million to fund local arts projects across the country in the NEA’s second major funding announcement for fiscal year 2017. Included in this announcement is an Art Works award of $35,000 to Texas Folklife for the “Stories Deep in the Heart” Program and $38,000 through the State Arts Partnership for the Apprenticeship Program—for a total of $73,000. The NEA received 1,728 Art Works applications and will make 1,029 grants ranging from $10,000 to $100,000.

Texas Folklife’s “Stories from Deep in the Heart” Program, which will receive $35,000, is an award-winning youth media program that teaches public school students, teachers, and community members how to document their family and community traditions through audio documentaries. The Apprenticeship Program, which will receive $38,000, connects master artists across the state with skilled apprentices who receive training in a traditional art form. The Apprenticeship Program is a partnership between Texas Folklife and the Texas Commission on the Arts, and supports 8 master/apprentice artist pairs with a monetary award, documentation and media promotion, and performance opportunities

“The arts reflect the vision, energy, and talent of America’s artists and arts organizations,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to support organizations such as Texas Folklife, in serving their communities by providing excellent and accessible arts experiences.”

“We are honored to receive this funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, and are grateful for the vote of confidence in these programs, which focus on student media training and education, and supporting folk artists both urban and rural from across the state", said Texas Folklife Executive Director Charlie Lockwood.  "It is important to note that NEA support for our programs benefits underserved public school students as well as artists, communities, and folk arts infrastructure statewide. Thanks to this public investment in the arts, Texas Folklife is able to continue to preserve and present the diverse cultures and living heritage of the Lone Star State.”  


To join the Twitter conversation about this announcement, please use #NEASpring17For more information on projects included in the NEA grant announcement, go to arts.gov




About Texas Folklife

Texas Folklife is a statewide non-profit organization dedicated to presenting and preserving the diverse cultures and living heritage of the Lone Star State. Since 1984, Texas Folklife has honored the authentic cultural traditions passed down within communities, explored their importance in contemporary society, and celebrated them by providing accessible and joyful arts experiences.



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