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Stories Summer Institute 2016



Hear the finished pieces produced at the 2016 Stories Summer Institute:


Texas Folklife invites all middle and high school teachers, students, and administrators in the greater Austin area to participate in the “Stories from Deep in the Heart” Summer Institute, a one week audio documentary production workshop. During the Summer Institute, participants will work in groups with professional media producers and folklorists to produce short public radio-style audio documentaries on community traditions. Participants will tour KUT 90.5, Austin’s local NPR affiliate, where they will also record narration for their documentaries using KUT’s state of the art production studio. On the last day, participants will premiere their stories for their peers and the public. The workshop is free for AISD educators and no prior media production or folklore experience is necessary.

Documentaries produced during the workshop will be uploaded to Texas Folklife’s Soundcloud page and Public Radio Exchange where they may be selected to broadcast by public radio stations. At the end of the workshop, teachers and administrators will discuss options to implement folklore, media production, podcasting techniques, and technology education in their classrooms. A few teachers will also be selected to collaborate with Texas Folklife to bring an audio documentary program into their school for the following school year. “Stories” media production and folklore documentation covers TEKS and standards from many disciplines, including social studies, world cultures, history, media production, journalism, and English. The cost is free for AISD teachers and a stipend is available for teachers from AISD Title I Schools, but space is limited. Teachers interested in the workshop should contact program director Brian Griffith at or (850) 419-2510.

Stories from last year can be found at


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Application period for the 2016 Summer Institute is now closed

Student Application 

Teacher / Admin Application

2016 Summer Institute special guest instructor: Folklorist and NPR & BBC radio producer Rachel Hopkin

Rachel Hopkin photo 



“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 Shield-Ayres Foundation; the City of Austin through the Cultural Arts Division and Department of Telecommunications & Regulatory Affairs Grant for Technology Opportunities (GTOPS); and generous support from the Austin Independent School District and KUT News 90.5.  Additional support from The University of Texas LBJ School of Public Affairs.