Close Listening: A National Case for the Value & Impact of Folk & Traditional Arts

I have a small part in this video at 5:29! I was honored to represent Texas Folklife at this gathering and be part of this community and national network of traditional arts practitioners, #folklorists, cultural advocates, community leaders, festival directors, educators and museum curators! In the fall of 2018, the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies co-hosted Close Listening, a convening to address the value and impact of Folk…

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Texas Folklife’s Big Squeeze Statewide Youth Accordion Contest

Texas Folklife’s Big Squeeze Statewide Youth Accordion Contest By Charlie Lockwood, Executive Director www.texasfolklife.org Texas Folklife’s Big Squeeze Statewide Youth Accordion Contest is concluding its 12th year with the Big Squeeze Finals and Concerton Saturday April 21st at the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum in Austin.  Since 2007, Texas Folklife’s Big Squeeze programhas supported hundreds of up-and-coming youth accordionists who play a variety of Texas accordion and community-based vernacular music traditions, including German and Czech polka; Creole, Cajun, and zydeco; and Tex-Mex conjunto, norteño, and Tejano.  All of…

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