Texas Folklife promotes, presents and documents the state’s rich cultural legacy through a vibrant mix of exhibitions, performances, community residencies, apprenticeships, and educational programs around the state. Texas Folklife is committed to preserving the diverse living heritage of Texans, while exploring the vital role of tradition in contemporary society. Texas Folklife is committed to bringing diverse communities together through the recognition and celebration of our common humanity.
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 .
Foodways: A Place at the Table is a statewide surey of regional foodways: the cultural and historical traditions and economic realities that surround food. We invite all Texans to help us gather and share their traditions of growing, producing, preparing and celebrating with food.
The Apprenticeship Program connects master artists to skilled apprentices who receive training in a traditional art form. Teaching an apprentice gives the master artist the opportunity to refine his craft and gives the apprentice a chance to learn an art form that they, in turn, can teach others. Apprenticeships breathe life into the traditional arts and foster the continuation of that art form.
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.
Texas Folklife works with artists from around the country to exhibit their works portraying the depth and breadth of Texan culture. The exhibits are typically held at the Texas Folklife Gallery in Austin, and also in other locations around Texas. Please contact us if you are interested in bringing one of our Exhibits to a venue near you.