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Stories Summer Institute 2017 Recap

Enjoy the finished radio pieces from the Texas Folklife Stories Summer Institute, a weeklong intensive audio production workshop for Austin-area students and teachers.

Texas Folklife's 2017 “Stories from Deep in the Heart" Summer Institute is a week-long intensive workshop in audio documentary production with professional producers, journalists and cultural workers. Teachers and community member participants were guided through production of short audio documentaries on themes related to folklife----family and community traditions. Fellows completed 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.

This year's theme was centered around folk healing and traditional medicine. Participants interviewed local folk healing practitioners to cover a wide range of healing practices in central Texas. They also explored the role of traditional medicine and its encounters or relation to Western medicinal practices, as told by folk healers. Traditional arts and culture are also considered therapeutic, and the Institute will explore the boundaries of healing practices.

Folklorist / NPR & BBC radio producer Rachel Hopkin returned to present a sampling of her work in radio and folklore, as well as completed audio documentaries produced at the Stories Summer Institute by this year’s participants.

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“Stories from Deep in the Heart” is supported in part through grants from the Texas Commission on the Arts and an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art; the City of Austin through the Cultural Arts Division and Department of Telecommunications & Regulatory Affairs Grant for Technology Opportunties (GTOPS); and generous support from the Austin Independent School District, KUT News 90.5, and the LBJ School of Public Affairs at UT Austin.


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