Texas Folklife has started a new virtual roundtable series with the folk and traditional arts community as a way of staying connected and continuing our mission during this time of social distancing. Stay tuned for future live stream discussions!
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Folk and Traditional Arts Virtual Roundtable: Discussion #4 Sustainability of Texas Accordion Music 4/27/20
Dan Margolies, PhD
Virginia Wesleyan University
Professor of History and Chair of the History Department
Chair of American Studies
The Big Squeeze Program, Texas Folklife
Founder, Full Gallop
Lola Love, "The Zydeco Lady"
Events Coordinator, The Zydeco Historical & Preservation Society
Accordionist, Touring Musician, and Educator
Author and Accordionist
Executive Director, Texas Folklife
Accordion music traditions such as conjunto, polka, cajun, and zydeco continue to thrive in communities across Texas. Our panelists will discuss the many efforts undertaken by organizations, individuals, and communities to keep these traditions vibrant and sustainable, as well as strategies during the covid-19 pandemic and beyond.
Folk and Traditional Arts Virtual Roundtable: Discussion #3 The Power of Stories 4/20/20
Kiran Singh Sirah
President, International Storytelling Center
MA Cultural Sustainability
Stories from Deep in the Heart Program Director, Texas Folklife
Associate Director, Texas After Violence Project
Executive Director, Texas Folklife
How can storytelling help us through these challenging times? What’s at stake in providing platforms for stories and amplifying voices? Our panel will discuss examples, developments, strategies around storytelling as it relates to their work and the current global health pandemic.
Folk and Traditional Arts Virtual Roundtable: Discussion #2 Radical Care and Folk Traditions 4/13/2020
Suzanne Seriff, Ph.D
Senior Lecturer, Dept. of Anthropology;
Director, Arts and Social Justice Internship Program,
Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies
University of Texas at Austin
Dr. Yolanda Chávez Leyva
Director, Institute of Oral History
Department of History
The University of Texas at El Paso
Ricardo A. Garay
Program Manager -Community Engagement and Health Equity
Department of Population Health
Dell Medical School | The University of Texas at Austin
This discussion explores the ways in which people in their communities are drawing on folk traditions (corridos, art, embroidery, graffiti, gritos, verbal arts, music, dance, dress, and more) in news ways during this era to band together, to protest, to engage in collective action, to mourn, to celebrate, to offer support, to create moments of 'radical care" in their communities.
Folk and Traditional Arts Virtual Roundtable: Discussion #1 Redefining Our Work? Folk and Traditional Arts During a Pandemic
Discussion Participants: Cristina Ballí - Executive Director, Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center - San Antonio, TX (http://www.guadalupeculturalarts.org)
Ariana Bina - Musician and Educator - Austin, TX (Instagram: @ari_bina)
Charlie Lockwood – Executive Director, Texas Folklife - Austin, TX (http://www.texasfolklife.org)
Thomas Grant Richardson - Independent Folklorist/ Traditional Arts Consultant - Santa Fe, NM (https://www.linkedin.com/in/thomas-gr...)
This discussion is centered around the value and nature of what folk and traditional arts means right now during this challenging time, ideas for connecting individuals and communities going forward, support for artists, as well as some of the issues culture workers, folklorists, artists, and arts administrators should consider while undertaking our work during the coronavirus pandemic.
Do you have thoughts or ideas to share about the topics discussed by the panel? Share them with Texas Folklife here or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Learn more at: www.texasfolklife.org
This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department.
This program is supported in part by Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily reflect those of The City of Austin Cultural Arts Division of the Economic Development Department, Humanities Texas and the National Endowment for the Humanities.