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Community volunteers are needed for Texas Folklife Festival June 11-13

Texas Folk Life Volunteers

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(May 13, 2010)--Preparations are underway for the 2010 Texas Folklife Festival, which will be June 11-13 at the Institute of Texan Cultures in downtown San Antonio. Volunteers from San Antonio and surrounding communities are needed.

"It is the volunteers who make the Texas Folklife Festival a successful event," said festival director JoAnn Andera. "From students needing service hours, to businesses giving time and effort back to the community, to everyday people who just want to celebrate our state's diversity and heritage, Folklife Festival volunteers are as important as our musicians, dancers, food preparers and craftsmen."

Festival volunteers assist at gate admissions, provide information to attendees throughout the festival grounds, serve as stagehands and elevator and dressing room monitors, and in a variety of other roles.

This year, the festival will use an online Volunteer Information Center system, allowing volunteers to view job descriptions, sign up for shifts and stay in contact with the festival volunteer office.

To volunteer, follow the instructions in the "Volunteer" section at the Texas Folklife Festival website. Groups and businesses can sign up by calling 210-458-2275. First-aid volunteers including RNs, LVNs and EMTs can register by phone at 210-458-2216, or e-mail tffvolunteer@utsa.edu.

Volunteers must attend an orientation session. Dates and times will be e-mailed to registered volunteers. For more information, contact the Texas Folklife Festival volunteer office at 210-458-2216 or tffvolunteer@utsa.edu.

 

 

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For acclaimed UTSA writer, poetry rhymes with life

Robert Penn Warren said: “How do poems grow? They grow out of your life.” That is certainly true for Carmen Tafolla. An associate professor of practice with the UTSA College of Education and Human Development, Tafolla has authored more than 20 acclaimed books of poetry and prose, including "The Holy Tortilla and a Pot of Beans." It won the Tom´s Rivera Children’s Book Award in 2009.

Tafolla is a San Antonio native who grew up on the West Side. Attending a private high school, she realized that the literature did not positively portray her community or the people who lived there. She determined to change that in her writing. In published works for both adults and children — more than 200 anthologies, magazines, journals, textbooks and readers in four languages — Tafolla reflects on the rich Mexican-American culture of San Antonio in which she grew up.

Did you know? Tafolla was San Antonio's first Poet Laureate, from 2012 to 2014, and currently serves as the Poet Laureate of Texas.

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