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Classical guitarist Matthew Hinsley named Texas Citizen of the Year

Michael Barnes

Earlier this month in Galveston, Matthew Hinsley, artistic director of the Austin Classical  Guitar accepted the Texas Citizen of the Year Award from the  National Association of Social Workers. Later that week at the AISD Performing Arts Center, Hinsley gave a brief pre-concert talk about what makes his nonprofit a nationwide model for arts-based community service.

We asked him to share his thoughts about the intersection of music and activities that many usually ascribe to the domain of social workers.

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