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Big Squeeze: Cajun Youth Accordion Workshops & Concert

Cajun Youth Accordion Workshops & Concert
Saturday Feb. 16, 2019

Workshop instruction and performances by Big Squeeze winners and Cajun accordion masters!

Museum of the Gulf Coast
700 Procter St, Port Arthur, TX 77640

Workshops 1pm-4pm
Concert 4pm-5pm

Youth 21 and under: Free with RSVP
Adults: $10 donation


All ages and experience levels welcome

Accordions provided, or bring your own!


This program is a special initiative of Texas Folklife's Big Squeeze statewide youth accordion contest.  In February 2018, Texas Folklife hosted a discussion at Larry’s French Market & Cajun Restaurant about how the organization can support efforts of the community to encourage youth participation in Cajun traditional music.  The community discussion touched on three main topics: the reasons behind decline in youth participation in Cajun music in Southeast Texas; comparisons between Louisiana and Texas in how they support the music and what they prioritize; and strategies to encourage youth participation in Cajun music.  This workshop is the direct result of this community-led discussion on one such promising strategy.  

This program is made possible in part by support from the members and board of Texas Folklife, grants from the Southeast Texas Arts Council, Texas Commission on the Arts with an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art, H-E-B, and generous support from Hohner Accordions, Music Water, Cajun Sounds Internet Radio, the Cajun French Music Association, and the Museum of the Gulf Coast.