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Texas Folklife’s Hechos, No Miedo | Facts, Not Fear PSA Series is created by and for our community.  This project seeks to engage Austin-area community members in conversations that respect community knowledge, embrace lived

“Stories from Deep in the Heart” is Texas Folklife's award-winning folklife and audio storytelling training program for students, teachers, and community members. Participants create short, broadcast quality audio stories on the folklore, arts and traditions of their families and communities
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.

Stories for Creative Forces is a Military Veterans Program.  Workshops are designed to help current and prior service members express their stories and folklore (customs and traditions) through audio production training.

The Big Squeeze is a statewide contest for youth accordion players to showcase their performance abilities in any Texas genre: polka, zydeco, conjunto, Tejano, Cajun, and more!
An annual accordion showcase featuring legends of conjunto, polka, country-western, zydeco, cajun and many more styles.
Are you looking to book talent for an upcoming in-person or virtual event? Texas Folklife is part of the Texas Commission on the Arts (TCA) Touring Roster and works with several bands formed by our former Big Squeeze youth accordion contest champions that you can book for your event.
Currently displaying virtual exhibits featuring the work of artists and curators from across the country who portray the depth and breadth of Texas culture.
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.

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

Texas Folklife has produced multiple short documentary films highlighting community-based arts and cultural practices from across the state.
Other programs curated by Texas Folklife
Supporting folk and traditional artists, cultural elders, and grassroots partners within the Black and Creole communities of Texas and Louisiana’s Gulf Coast, this project will facilitate the connection between leaders who share a goal of growing youth and community participation in Creole and Zydeco music, language, dance, and related cultural practices.