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Texas Folklife

Folk and Traditional Arts of Texas

Community Residencies

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Community Residencies
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.Community residencies typically last one to two weeks and involve an intense series of public and private programs in schools, public spaces, businesses, and media outlets.  With a coalition of local organizations, Texas Folklife helps plan and execute the residency, including conducting research, designing program, promotional, and educational materials, such as curriculum guides.For current information about this program please Contact Us.
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  • Posted on Wed Jan 28, 2015
    I've been writing about conjunto music and sustainability for some time (for example here and here) and most recently have been working on a book project titled Conjunto Music: Sustaining the Texas Tradition, which I am co-authoring with none other than Cristina Ballí.  The book is a very timely and necessary study. It will be first examination of contemporary conjunto...
  • Posted on Tue Apr 8, 2014
    This weekend I had the privilege to participate in a special project near Marshall, Texas - the effort to maintain an old slave and African-American burial ground, Love Cemetery.  Brought to national attention through a book and an ongoing documentary by Texan, now California-based, China Galland, the the "keepers of Love" continue to struggle to gain access to the grounds for visits and...

    Love - I'm on My Way

  • Posted on Wed Oct 23, 2013
    Conjunto Music What is Conjunto Style Accordion? The Spanish word conjunto refers not only to a musical style but also to the group of musicians that plays that style. On any weekend, conjunto can be heard from car stereos, juke boxes, bars, dance halls, and community centers across South Texas. Formerly little-known outside the circle of working-class Mexicanos who...
  • Posted on Wed Oct 23, 2013
    Texas Style Fiddle We hope this curriculum guide will help you and your students better understand the history of Texas-style fiddle music and its importance in the Texas cultural landscape. Please use all or part of the information in your classroom as you see fit. We have provided the following: History of Texas-style fiddle music You may use the text for your individual study; high school...
  • Posted on Wed Oct 23, 2013
    What is a Powwow?A powwow is an American Indian cultural event involving dance, drumming, song, food and other forms of traditional artistry. There are generally considered to be two kinds of Powwows: tribal-specific powwows and pan-Indian powwows (or competition powwows). Tribal-specific powwows are often private gatherings limited to one tribal community. Held for special purposes and...
  • Posted on Tue Oct 15, 2013
    Texas Folklife, Texas Dance Hall Preservation, Inc., and the Texas Czech Heritage and Cultural Center hosted a small gathering of local cultural leaders interested in developing the next generation of polka musicians and supporters.  For seven years Texas Folklife has been producing a state-wide accordion contest, the Big Squeeze, for youth in all genres of Texas traditional music, and polka...

    The Moravians