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Texas House Resolution Honors Apprenticeship Program Participants - 88th Legislative Session

On April 28th 2023 The Texas House of Representatives adopted a resolution honoring the participants in our 2023 Apprenticeships in the Folk and Traditional Arts Program! Thank you again to Rep. Gina Hinojosa for supporting the arts and carrying this bill, and to Texas Commission on the Arts for supporting Texas Folklife's Apprenticeship Program through a State Arts Partnership Award from the National Endowment of the Arts. 

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By:  Hinojosa                                     H.R. No. 1121




WHEREAS, The 16 participants in the 2023 Texas Folklife Apprenticeship in the Folk and Traditional Arts Program have demonstrated an exceptional commitment to the preservation of our state's outstanding cultural heritage; and

WHEREAS, Since 1987, the program has supported extended, intensive training in a wide range of traditional art forms practiced by cultural communities across Texas; grant awards provide skilled artists and their apprentices with the time and resources necessary to immerse themselves in their craft; and

WHEREAS, The 2023 artist teams reflect the richness of the state's cultural diversity; Jacques Houston is mentoring DaLyah Jones of Houston in the art of trail riding, and mentor Sonny Mehta is teaching Rishabh Lamsal of Houston the intricacies of qawwali, a Sufi devotional music genre; and

WHEREAS, Advancing the art of Americana Folk guitar, Michael Sinks is mentoring Arieon Keller of Pampa, while Chayito Champion is pairing with apprentice Keli Rosa Cabunoc Romero of San Antonio to explore the connections between Son Jarocho and Flamenco music and dance; and

WHEREAS, Mentor Richard Whitehead is helping William Bailey of Madisonville learn how to craft artisanal fishing lures, and Aboubacar Sylla is apprenticing Forest Cazayoux of Austin in the art of West African folk music; and

WHEREAS, Priya Vadhanna Raja is mentoring Shruti Sathish of San Antonio in Bharatanatyam, a classical Indian dance form, while Indrajit Banerjee is guiding apprentice Milton Holbrook of San Antonio in his study of classical Indian Hindustani ragas on sitar; and

WHEREAS, By further developing expertise in these unique realms, the participants in the 2023 apprenticeship program are contributing to the vitality of a wide range of creative disciplines and to the cultural enrichment of communities across the Lone Star State; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the 88th Texas Legislature hereby honor the participants in the 2023 Texas Folklife Apprenticeship in the Folk and Traditional Arts Program and extend sincere best wishes for continued success in their endeavors; and, be it further

RESOLVED, That an official copy of this resolution be prepared for the program participants as an expression of high regard by the Texas House of Representatives.