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“Stories from Deep in the Heart” 2015 Summer Institute for Teachers, Students & Administrators

This summer high school students and middle school or high school teachers and administrators will participate in Texas Folklife's 2015 “Stories from Deep in the Heart" Summer Institute, a 5-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 folklife----family and community traditions.  This year Texas Folklife is partnering with The City of Austin George Washington Carver Museum and the Eastside Kings Blues Festival to document the stories of east Austin African American blues musicians, highlight the historical importance of east Austin blues, and celebrate the living blues traditions still thriving in Austin.  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 in the Austin area and Central Texas schools. 

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Special guest instructor: Folklorist and NPR & BBC radio producer Rachel Hopkin

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Summer Institute Reception & Public Listening Party 
Friday, July 10, from 6:00-9:00 p.m. 
George Washington Carver Center Boyd Vance Theater
6pm: Reception (light refreshments served) 
7pm: Program Begins 
Ms. Hopkin will present a sampling of her work as well as completed audio documentaries produced at the Summer Institute by this year’s fellows in a program that is free and open to the public on Friday, July 10th. The program begins at 6:00 p.m. with a reception that will include refreshments.

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Listen to Finished Audio Pieces from the 2014 Summer Institute