Stories Summer Institute 2018 @ Texas Folklife, Austin [from 20 to 27 June]

Stories Summer Institute 2018

20 - 27
08:00 - 16:00

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Texas Folklife
1708 Houston St, Austin, Texas 78756
Stories from Deep in the Heart
2018 Summer Institute Radio Documentary Workshop
June 20-27, 2018

Texas Folklife invites all community members interested in radio and folklore in the greater Austin area to participate in the Stories from Deep in the Heart Summer Institute, a one-week audio documentary production workshop. During the Summer Institute, participants will work in groups with professional media producers and folklorists to produce short public radio-style audio documentaries on community traditions. Participants will tour KUT Austin, Austin’s local NPR affiliate, where they will also record narration for their documentaries using KUT’s state-of-the-art production studio.

On the last day, participants will premiere their stories for their peers and the public. The workshop costs $200, with scholarships available based on financial need. Austin-area educators and administrators are automatically entered to receive a scholarship for attendance, and the workshop counts toward professional development hours.

The deadline to apply is May 1, 2018.

Documentaries produced during the workshop will be uploaded to Texas Folklife’s Soundcloud page and PRX, where they may be selected for broadcast by public radio stations. At the end of the Institute, teachers and administrators will discuss options to implement folklore, media production, podcasting techniques, and technology education in their classrooms. A few teachers will also be selected to work with Texas Folklife to bring an audio documentary program into their school for the following school year. “Stories” media production and folklore documentation covers TEKS and standards from many disciplines, including social studies, world cultures, history, media production, journalism, and English.

Anyone interested in the workshop should contact Project Director Brian Griffith at [email protected] or 512-441-9255.

Applications are available online at and hard copies are available on request.

Stories from last year can be found on Texas Folklife’s Soundcloud page at

More information:

#StoriesFromDeepInTheHeart #SSI2018 Summer Institute is supported in part by the board and members of Texas Folklife, by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Texas Commission on the Arts, City of Austin #GTOPS award, and generous support from KUT Austin and Austin ISD.
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