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Texas Folklife Welcomes New Executive Director


Texas Folklife Welcomes New Executive Director to Lead Cultural Preservation and Outreach Efforts

Austin, TX – August 31, 2023 Texas Folklife, a prominent nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving, celebrating, and promoting the diverse cultural heritage of the Lone Star State, is thrilled to announce the appointment of Dr. Elisha Oliver as its new Executive Director.

With a proven track record of leadership in cultural preservation and a deep passion for folk traditions, Dr. Oliver brings a wealth of experience to Texas Folklife. As the organization enters an exciting new phase, Dr. Oliver will provide strategic direction, innovative vision, and dynamic leadership to advance the organization's mission.

"We are delighted to welcome Elisha as the new Executive Director of Texas Folklife," said Jeff Jackson, Chair of the Board of Directors. "Elisha's extensive experience in preserving and promoting cultural heritage, coupled with her dedication to fostering community engagement, makes her the perfect choice to lead Texas Folklife into the future."

Dr. Oliver comes to Texas Folklife with 20 years of experience in nonprofit management and ten years in arts and culture leadership. Dr. Oliver has demonstrated a solid commitment to providing platforms to celebrate all communities throughout her career.

"I am honored and excited to move into the new role of Executive Director with the Texas Folklife family," said Dr. Oliver. "Texas is a rich tapestry of cultures and traditions, and I am committed to working collaboratively with the Board of Directors and the talented team at Texas Folklife to ensure that these traditions are celebrated, preserved, and passed on to future generations."

Under Dr. Oliver's leadership, Texas Folklife will continue offering diverse programs, events, and initiatives highlighting the unique cultural expressions in Texas. From music and dance to oral histories and traditional arts, Texas Folklife remains dedicated to showcasing the stories and talents of communities across the state.

For media inquiries, interviews, or more information about Texas Folklife and its new Executive Director, please contact:

Mariela Freire

Communications Director


About Texas Folklife:

Texas Folklife is a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving, celebrating, and promoting the diverse cultural heritage of Texas. Texas Folklife strives to showcase the traditions, arts, and stories of communities across the state through various programs and events. Texas Folklife aims to ensure that these traditions continue to thrive for generations by fostering a sense of belonging and appreciation for cultural heritage. For more information, visit