Friday, March 23, 2012

Texas Folklife Receives City of Austin GTOPS Award Certificate

The City of Austin's Grant for Technology Opportunities Program (GTOPS) award presentation took place during the Austin City Council's March 22nd meeting.  The GTOPS program was designed in 2001 by the City's Telecommunications Commission to support digital technology projects that show promise of benefiting our community.

This year the City of Austin awarded Texas Folklife $22,415 to support "Stories from Deep in the Heart", the educational collaboration with Austin Independent School District and KUT-FM in which students and teachers are trained to produce short documentaries about their own communities for public radio.

Board Member Susan Morehead and Former Executive Director Nancy Bless accepted the award on behalf of Texas Folklife.  Congratulations!

Former Executive Director Nancy Bless and Board Member Susan Morehead 

Friday, March 16, 2012

Texas Folklife & Fisher's BBQ at SXSW

Texas Folklife has a special guest on our patio for South by Southwest 2012!  Fisher's Bar-B-Q from Houston, TX is serving up some delicious Texas BBQ all day and night during the festival.  

Adam Fisher 

You're Welcome! Campaign Kick-off: SXSW 2012

Texas Folklife staff members Charlie Lockwood and Sarah Rucker attended the You're Welcome! Campaign kick-off SXSW Showcase event on Thursday at the George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center.  The event featured an array of music, dance and comedy performances as well as a healthy dialogue amongst creative artists and community organizers about integrating artistic production into a sustained campaign. 

The You’re Welcome! campaign, organized by 
Welcoming America, will use comedy, music, dance parties and other creative approaches to fuel a cultural shift in the U.S. in support of immigrants and their contributions to the country. Welcoming America and its affiliates across the U.S. are launching the campaign-in-development to engage the creative community and younger generations in a movement that celebrates the fusion of cultures and creates a more welcoming America, community by community. 

Volunteers prepare audience surveys for the You're Welcome! Campaign  
From Left to Right: Tanene Allison, Invincible, Negin Farsad, and Oliver Rajamani participate in a panel discussion about creating social change through music and performing arts.
Detroit, MI based hip-hop artist Invincible 

Comedian Maggie Mae
Kenyan band Sauti Sol offers their unique brand of Afro-Fusion