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Texas Folklife

Folk and Traditional Arts of Texas

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Texas Folklife promotes, presents and documents the state’s rich cultural legacy through a vibrant mix of exhibitions, performances, community residencies, apprenticeships, and educational programs around the state. Texas Folklife is committed to preserving the diverse living heritage of Texans, while exploring the vital role of tradition in contemporary society. Texas Folklife is committed to bringing diverse communities together through the recognition and celebration of our common humanity.

  • The Big Squeeze is a statewide contest for accordion players ages 21 and under to showcase their performance abilities in any genre of music: polka, zydeco, conjunto, Tejano, Cajun, and more! ... read more >>


  • Workshops are designed to help current and prior service members express their stories and folklore (customs and traditions) through audio production training. All participants gain experience in research and interviewing techniques, audio recording, logging, transcribing, writing composition, and story crafting with audio field recordings.

     

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  • Texas Folklife is part of the Texas Commission on the Arts (TCA) Touring Roster and works with several bands formed by former Big Squeeze champions that you can book for your event and apply for funding by the TCA on a quarterly basis.

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  • Texas Folklife Touring Exhibits are a range of performances, exhibitions, and workshops in the traditional arts that we take on the road and bring to interested communities, schools and other venues. If you are interested in bringing one of our Touring Exhibits to your local community, please use the contact form to email us for pricing and other details.

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  • The Apprenticeship Program provides awards of up to $3,000 for artist mentors to offer intensive training in a specific traditional art form or cultural practice to dedicated apprentices for six to eight months. ... read more >>


  • Stories from Deep in the Heart is our award-winning youth radio program that teaches high school students and teachers how to document their family and community traditions through audio documentaries . ... read more >>


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  • showcases the amazing musical diversity of Texas accordion styles, featuring legends of conjunto, polka, country western, zydeco, Cajun and more.

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  • Texas Folklife works with artists from around the country to exhibit their works portraying the depth and breadth of Texan culture.  The exhibits are typically held at the Texas Folklife Gallery in Austin, and also in other locations around Texas.  Please contact us if you are interested in bringing one of our Exhibits to a venue near you.

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  • Foodways: A Place at the Table is a statewide surey of regional foodways: the cultural and historical traditions and economic realities that surround food. We invite all Texans to help us gather and share their traditions of growing, producing, preparing and celebrating with food. ... read more >>


  • Traditions often begin - and continue - in small communities. The Community Residency Program is developed in collaboration with cultural organizations in small and large Texas communites specifically for the purpose of exploring and continuing the tradition in that community.

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  • Educational Resources comprise of curriculum guides and other informational resources that shed light on the diverse folk traditions in Texas .

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  • Other programs curated by Texas Folklife ... read more >>