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Spring 2016 Podcasting Techniques initiative

Texas Folklife has recently concluded our Spring 2016 Podcasting Techniques initiative. Podcasting Techniques is a series of workshops with teachers and students to facilitate community podcasts. In total, nearly 200 students worked to develop their own recordings through the program, completing 19 school podcasts throughout Austin ISD and Round Rock ISD. The initiative was developed as part of our award-winning radio documentary program, Stories from Deep in the Heart.

Happy Birthday, Bob Wills

It has been 110 years since the unsurpassed Bob Wills was born on March 6, 1905 in Kosse, Texas. Given the recent ways Texas Folklife has been showcasing its three decades of work documenting and celebrating Texas fiddling on its archival cd release and at the Festival of Texas Fiddling, it seemed appropriate to send along happy birthday wishes! It is hard to imagine someone who has had a more significant impact on both Texas music and on all American music than Bob Wills.

Kealing Middle School Fall 2014 Select Audio Pieces

Check out select pieces from our youth producers at Kealing Middle School Fall 2014 semester.  Texas Folklife partnered with Austin's African American Heritage District Project to help document the history and living culture of this important area.  Austin’s African American Cultural Heritage District comprises approximately six square miles of central east Austin.

Giving you the Big Squeeze in 2015

Today a new adventure in my life begins. I am super happy and excited to be back working for Texas Folklife. With the expert guidance and leadership of Executive Director Cristina Balli, I will be coordinating the Big Squeeze Accordion Throwdown. This statewide contest showcases the talented young accordion players, age 21 and younger, in the beautiful Texas musical traditions of Conjunto, Cajun/Zydeco, and German/Czech/Polish polka. This program is a great way to keep our Texas musical traditions alive and pass them on to the younger generations.

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