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  • Posted on Tue Nov 19, 2013
      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.  Audio pieces from this program are also available to public radio stations via our Public Radio Exchange channel.
  • Posted on Sat Jul 19, 2014
    High school and middle school teachers, students and administrators participated in Texas Folklife's 2014 summer institute “Stories from Deep in the Heart,” a 5-day intensive fellowship in audio documentary production with professional producers, journalists and cultural workers. Participants were guided through production of short audio documentaries on themes related to folklife----family and...
  • Posted on Tue May 13, 2014
    6pm Reception (light refreshments served) 7pm Program Begins Local teachers, administrators, and students learn with professional audio producers and folklorist / NPR & BBC radio producer Rachel Hopkin. Free public presentation by Rachel Hopkin on July 18th, 7:00 pm at the Asian American Resource Center.8401 Cameron Rd, Austin, TX 78754Ms. Hopkin will present a sampling of her work...
  • Posted on Fri Mar 7, 2014
    This event wil include a guest lecture by photographers Daniel Olsen and Henk Van Assen.   The ranch gate is one of the most recognizable cultural artifacts of Americana, representing the people and landscapes, history and folklore of the American West. As ranches are consolidated and ranching becomes industrialized, the number of ranches is dwindling and the handcrafted gate is...
  • Posted on Fri Feb 28, 2014
    On February 22nd, 2014, Texas Folklife and Texas Dancehall Preservation presented a polka symposium and festival at Senglemann Hall in Schulenburg, Texas, sponsored by Humanities Texas. Please find the schedule and audio recordings of symposium proceedings below.  Stay tuned for summaries and complete transcriptions of all audio recordings.     10:00 AM – Texas Dance Hall History...
  • Posted on Thu Dec 19, 2013
    We did it again! Stories from Deep in the Heart made Generation PRX's Best Youth-Made Radio of 2013.  "Auveed and Mateen's Excellent Adventure"  is featured among the many heartfelt youth-produced pieces chosen as the best of 2013.  Generation PRX's annual Best Youth-Made Radio playlist was compiled from 425 new youth pieces added to the PRX catalogue this year, an...
  • Posted on Fri Nov 15, 2013
    The Big Squeeze is a documentary film that follows the newest generation of young accordion players as they compete for Texas Folklife’s annual Big Squeeze Accordion Contest held as part of the Accordion Kings and Queens Festival in Houston, Texas. The Big Squeeze was produced and directed by Hector Galan and is a co-production of Galán Inc and Texas Folklife. It was released on DVD in...
  • Posted on Thu Oct 31, 2013
    Elements of an altar to La Santa Muerte Our presentation at BookWoman inspired us to build a mini altar to the Santa Muerte as demonstration.  We got most of our information from Andrew Chesnut's book, "Devoted to Death," and from a documentary by Mexican filmmaker Eva Aridjis.   Here's a list of items that are typically seen in a Santa Muerte altar, and pictures of our version at...
  • Posted on Fri Oct 18, 2013
    Professor Andrew Chesnut visits Texas Folklife staff to inform the research on our latest documentary - a look into the devotion to La Santa Muerte in Texas. Professor of Religious Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University, Dr. Andrew Chesnut has authored the book Devoted to Death: Santa Muerte, the Skeleton Saint.  A grant from Humanities Texas supported a consultancy with Dr....
  • Posted on Sun Oct 6, 2013
    All star list of Big Squeezers - Nachito Morales of Dallas (2011 Champ), Anthony Ortiz Jr. of Austin (finalist), and Michael Lopez Ramos of Dallas (2013 Champ.)  Josh Baca, Texmaniacs accordionist, and guest accordionist Robert Casillas of San Antonio. Even Oscar Garcia, Texmaniacs bassist, takes a turn at the jam! All anchored by one of the most experienced, smooth and capable bajistas in...

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