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Texas Folklife Giving Tuesday Now

In response to COVID-19, Texas Folklife cancelled all live events and pivoted to digital platforms.  On Tues May 5th we will be participating in Giving Tuesday Now, and our team will be going live on our Facebook and Instagram pages to bring you fun programming during this 24 hour fundraiser.  Please consider donating via our Amplify Austin page to help Texas Folklife continue producing digital programming and offset lost income from cancelled live events and performances.


Texas Folklife's Giving Tuesday Now Livestream Schedule*

10am Charlie Lockwood: Kick-off (Facebook Live) 

12pm Danea Johnson: Voice Recording for the Times (Facebook Live)

2pm Gabi Kane: Keeping Music Alive Panel (Facebook Live)

3pm Maya Willians-Britton: Creating a Digital Vegan Recipe Diary Using Canva (Instagram Live)

5pm Charlie Lockwood: Visual Arts and Public Health Panel (Facebook Live)

7pm Sarah Rucker: Conversations with the Big Squeeze Judges (Facebook Live)

*All times in CST. Schedule Subject to Change. Follow us on Social Media for any updates!


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In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, and in adherence to CDC and local health authority guidelines, we canceled all scheduled Texas Folklife live events, performances and gallery operations until further notice. Even while physically distant, we can still celebrate art and culture together. Currently we are moving to digital platforms and are in the process of offering virtual activities:


  • Producing our first virtual concert on May 1 for the annual Big Squeeze competition.
  • Hosting livestream Folk & Traditional Arts Roundtable Discussions with local, state and national artists and artists administrators every Monday 
  • Organizing an online exhibit titled Stitched Stories of Texas Quilters this summer
  • Offering a Resource Guide for Artists & Organizations 

Each year, Texas Folklife works with diverse communities across Texas to celebrate the shared traditions that so inextricably unite us. As we navigate the uncertain days ahead, we believe that the folk and traditional arts, along with our collective cultural expression are more important than ever. Thus, we are currently exploring alternative strategies to support the creative community and offer programming to help us all stay connected.

Part of what your donation will make possible:

  • The 14th Anniversary of the Big Squeeze, a youth Accordion contest (this is the first time we are producing this event virtual!)
  • Digital workshops and resources
  • Artist fees, including local artisans and musicians
  • Offsetting an lost income from live events and performances

Additionally, the Texas Folklife physical office closed beginning Tuesday, March 17 and the team is working remotely until further notice. You may leave us a voicemail and reach our team via email during this time. 


We will share updates as they arise via email, social media and our website. Take care out there — of yourselves and each other. 


And, as always, we thank you for your support.

#GivingTuesdayNow is a worldwide day of giving and solidarity coordinated as an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19. It is designed to drive an influx of generosity, citizen engagement, business and philanthropy activation, and support for communities and nonprofits around the world. Please consider donating to Texas Folklife on May 5th and helping to sustain the folk and traditional arts throughout the state of Texas.


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