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Texas Folklife

Folk and Traditional Arts of Texas


Texas Folklife Announces 2020 Apprenticeships in the folk and Traditional Arts Awardees

Clockwise, from left: 2020 master Yuxin Mei; 2020 Master Thanmayee Krishnamruthy;
2020 Master Mike Beumel; and 2020 Master Gideon Alorwoyie.

Eight Master and Apprentice Pairs Awarded $3,000

An Array of Traditional Art Forms Represented – from Pingelap Stick Dancing to Conjunto Accordion Playing

Big Squeeze 2020

FRIDAY, MAY 1, 3-4pm CST on LIVE


Pre-recorded performances by all 4 of the 2019 Champions and a LIVE announcement of the 2020 Champions

Big Squeeze 2020 Press Release


Young Accordion Players Are Invited to Learn, Compete and Engage
in Live Music Events Across the State

Multiple Sclerosis Fundraiser Concert for Tawny Thomson-Bush

Event Date: 
Sunday, February 9, 2020 - 14:00 to 17:00
Event Category: 
Texas Folklife Event

On Sunday February 9th, 2020 Texas Folklife will host a House Concert Fundraiser for Tawny Thomson-Bush in which all proceeds will go towards her efforts to receive life saving stem cell chemotherapy treatment.

This event includes performances by world music greats:

Oliver Rajamani, Roberto Riggio, Julie Slim, and Atlas Maior.
Tickets: $35

Art Form Spotlight: Pingelap Stick Dance

Early in 2019 Sabrina Yakana participated in the Texas Folklife Apprenticeship Program. She learned the traditional art of Pingelapese stick dance from master artist Sepir Yakana, a dance previously done to train hand eye coordination for warriors entering into battle. Now, however, the dance serves as a way to entertain.

"See It Through My Eyes" Audio Series

Poster created by Akins High School student Jennifer Arriaga.
Akins High School students Leslie and Hope interview rapper Lench Martinez.
Akins students interviewed artist Vincent Valdez at his Houston studio.
Illustrator and muralist Larissa Akhmetova (Stephens) interviewed by students Andrew Kevin.
Dave McClinton presenting in the Akins High School Austin Corps senior class.

Texas Folklife and Akins High School Austin Corps created a new radio and podcast series, "See It Through My Eyes,” during the fall 2019 school semester. This series of audio documentaries is about Texas artists and activism, civics, and Akins High traditions. This project was produced by the Texas Folklife student and community documentary training program, Stories from Deep in the Heart, and Akins High School Austin Corps senior class lead by Social Studies Teacher Linda O’Neal. The culmination of the project was a Listening Party at the City Hall Austin on December 6, 2019.

The Art of a Vintage Ride

Event Date: 
Thursday, January 16, 2020 - 18:30
Event Category: 
Texas Folklife Event

Join Texas Folklife at the Texas Folklife Gallery as we celebrate the opening of Exhibit: The Art of Vintage Cars. Tim Higgins will be in attendance to speak about his experiences and creating the exhibit. Refreshments and great company will be provided. Tim Higgins always had a fascination with cars of the fifties and sixties and those of the decades before. Photographing vintage cars rekindled his fascination with the spirit of a past era and their beauty. The photos in this exhibit were taken over a period of seven years at the Lone Star Round Up and The Austin Speed Shop.


Event Date: 
Tuesday, December 3, 2019 (All day)
Event Category: 
Texas Folklife Event

Today Texas Folklife celebrates #GivingTuesday, the global day of generosity!  We want to thank you for your support and hope you will consider making a gift toward our campaign. Your contribution will make an impact; every little bit helps sustain our programs and preserve folk and traditional arts across the state! Give now at

Sembrando Herencia 2019 - Las Lavanderas

Event Date: 
Saturday, December 14, 2019 - 18:30
Event Category: 
Non-Texas-Folklife Event

Las Lavenderas: 

They were strong women, a key group in the economic development of their time -- and a force to be reckoned with! 

Join Puerto Rican Folkloric Dance for our 17th original musical that brings history to life through community theater -- featuring acting, live music, and dance.  Written by Tekina-eirú Maynard, Las Lavanderas is our newest play based in history that celebrates unsung heroes!  

Giving Tuesday: Festival of Texas Fiddling Preview

Event Date: 
Tuesday, December 3, 2019 - 18:00 to 20:00
Event Category: 
Texas Folklife Event

Join us at the Texas Folklife Gallery on Tuesday December 3rd as we close out Giving Tuesday and prepare for the 5th Annual Festival of Texas Fiddling. The $10 entry fee will go towards our Giving Tuesday fundraising goal. Refreshments will be provided and live music will be provided by the Shinbone Alley String Band.