TAI Webinar: Presenting Traditions

Blacksmith John Bennett explains his work at Spring Mill State Park in Mitchell.

Blacksmith John Bennett explains his work at Spring Mill State Park in Mitchell.

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Traditional Arts Indiana’s next webinar is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 11, at 2 p.m., EST. “Presenting Traditions” describes the proven models that communities can adopt for presenting traditions publicly.

Event organizers, take notice! In this webinar, Professor Jon Kay will show you how to use workshops, demonstrations, and talk stages at existing festivals and community events. Using such strategies improves the quality of programs based on the traditional arts in local communities.

This webinar will be hosted on Adobe Connect.* Bookmark the event page to join us live on Feb. 11. If you can’t make it, don’t worry! After the live event, a recording of it will remain on our YouTube channel, where you can access it any time. We look forward to seeing you!

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TAI Webinar: What are the Traditional Arts?

Sweetgrass basket making by Dani Tippmann

Sweetgrass basket making by Dani Tippmann

Traditional Arts Indiana’s next webinar is scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 21, at 2 p.m., EST. “What are the Traditional Arts?” is a webinar that demystifies and makes practical the folk and traditional arts.

Often overlooked or under-appreciated within their communities, folk and traditional arts nurture strong senses of place and belonging. They form an integral part of any healthy community, as webinar host (and TAI director) Professor Jon Kay will show.

This webinar will be hosted on Adobe Connect.* Bookmark the event page to join us live on Jan. 21. If you can’t make it, don’t worry! After the live event, a recording of it will remain on our YouTube channel, where you can access it any time. We look forward to seeing you!

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TAI Webinar: Rotating Exhibit Network (A free resource for public libraries)

Pekin_small_resizedTraditional Arts Indiana’s next webinar is scheduled for Friday, December 5, 2014, from noon to one p.m. EST. Join us to learn about TAI’s successful Rotating Exhibit Network (REN) and how this  program can serve your community.

A program for libraries, schools, museums, and other public venues, the REN helps bring awareness of traditional art and culture into Hoosier communities all over the state. Past REN panels can be viewed on our website.LimestoneBlacksmiths_REN2013smallresized50

Tune in to hear Jon delve into the inner workings of the REN, sharing the benefits it could have for your community, and outlining its future in the coming months.

This webinar will be hosted on Google+ — RSVP or bookmark the event page to join us live on December 5. For those interested in attending who do not have a Google account or are uncomfortable with Google+, the webinar will also be viewable via live streaming on YouTube.

Can’t join us on December 5th? There will be a recording of the proceedings available shortly after the day of the show. Webinars are always archived to our website, and available for viewing at any time. As always, we’re looking forward to seeing you!

 

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Upcoming Webinar on DIY Exhibitions (Part One)

2014-10-09 09.22.01TAI’s next webinar is coming up on Wednesday October 29th from 2-3 p.m. Graduate assistants Emily Palombella and Meghan Smith will reflect upon their experience curating a public exhibit for IU’s Wells library. Tune in for tips on curating and installing an exhibit with limited resources.

This webinar will be hosted on Google+ — RSVP or bookmark the event page to join us live on October 29th. For those interested in attending who do not have a Google account or are uncomfortable with Google+, the webinar will also be viewable via live streaming on YouTube.

Can’t join us on October 29th? Webinars are always archived to our website, and available for viewing at any time.

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Hoosier Handmade: Now Open at IU Bloomington

Traditional Arts Indiana is proud to announce the opening of a new exhibit on IU Bloomington’s campus. The exhibit, called Hoosier Handmade, features works from many Indiana artisans, including limestone carvers, weavers, instrument makers, and a memory painter, among others.

Spight Tongue drumThe Herman B Wells Library at IU Bloomington has undergone serious remodeling and improvements over the last several months, including the installation of an exhibition space at the entrance to the newly built Scholars’ Commons. Our crew at TAI was honored to install the first exhibit.

Stop by Hoosier Handmade to see our artifacts, documentary film, artist slideshow, and to pick up a free copy of TAI magazine. The Scholars’ Commons exhibit space is located on the first floor of the Wells Library’s East Tower, just across from the main circulation desk; look for the Hoosier Handmade banners at the entrance. You can find Wells Library at 1320 E. 10th St.

The exhibit will run through the month of October, and perhaps beyond; check back for updates!

 

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Hoosier Outdoor Experience

2013-09-21-05.50.10HOEsmallTraditional Arts Indiana will feature eight Indiana artisans at the Hoosier Outdoor Experience this weekend September 20 and 21 from 10am to 6pm. This free event will be held  at Ft. Harrison State Park in Indianapolis and provides visitors with a great opportunity to engage in outdoor activities.

Visitors to the TAI Area will get to learn from a variety of tradition bearers, including: Larry Haycraft, hoop net maker; John Bennett, blacksmith; Dani Tippmann, plant specialist and Miami knowledge bearer, Viki Graber, willow basket maker; Greg Adams, willow furniture maker; Glen Summers, traditional wood worker; Roy Spight, maker of African American drums and Casey Winningham, a limestone carver and gravestone maker.
This diverse group of craftspeople comes from all corners of Indiana and will display traditional arts of the region. All of these craftspeople use natural materials as a medium, presenting the Hoosier Outdoor Experience yet another way of engaging in the natural world. Come learn about local traditions and crafts directly from the  people who do them.

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Hoosier Handmade at the Scholars’ Commons

The Herman B. Wells Library here on IU’s Bloomington campus has been working this summer to renovate their space for the new Scholars’ Commons. As a part of this initiative, an exhibition space has been installed in the East tower of the library to showcase work and research being done on campus.

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Blacksmith John Bennett with one of his ironwork flowers.

Traditional Arts Indiana has been invited to be the first exhibitor in the Scholars’ Commons. We will be presenting the work of artisans from across the state, with items ranging from handcrafted instruments to limestone carvings. Head over to the Wells Library to explore TAI’s work with artisans through artifact exhibits, interactive touchscreen displays, and videos of artist demonstrations.

The exhibition is scheduled to be fully installed by October. Keep an eye out on social media for more details about the opening date and time.

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2014 State Fair Master: Mary Alice Collins

Each year, Traditional Arts Indiana honors a long-time state fair participant with the Indiana State Fair Master Award. These men and women give generously of themselves by exhibiting, demonstrating, or performing, at both county and state fairs. They are well-known by neighbors and friends in home communities for a particular skill and for their commitment to passing their excellence on to others. This year, we are honored to name Mary Alice Collins of Markleville, a master baker, as the award’s recipient.

Mary Alice Collins, a more than 50-year participant at the Indiana State Fair, has earned thousands of ribbons for her baked goods.

Mary Alice Collins, a more than 50-year participant at the Indiana State Fair, has earned thousands of ribbons for her baked goods.

Mary Alice grew up in the kitchen. Learning how to cook and bake was just part of living on her family’s Hancock County farm. After finishing 10 years of 4-H and starting a career

Mary Alice, left, and her mother, Helen Rushton, have appeared in a number of publications for their achievements at the fair. Mary Alice credits her mother for much of her talent and success.

Mary Alice, left, and her mother, Helen Rushton, have appeared in a number of publications for their achievements at the fair. Mary Alice credits her mother for much of her talent and success.

as a home economics teacher, she began participating at the Indiana State Fair in 1955.

Since then, she has won thousands of ribbons for her pies, cakes, breads and cookies, and has been featured on The View and in a cookbook published by Midwest Living. Now retired, she spends her time passing on winning tips and tricks to family and community members hoping to follow in her footsteps.

Mary Alice received the award Thursday, August 14, during a ceremony at the Indiana State Fair Home and Family Arts Building.

 

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Traditional Arts at Potato Creek State Park

In continuation of our collaboration with Indiana’s Department of Natural Resources, visitors to Potato Creek State Park on June 21 will have the opportunity to observe and visit with regional traditional artists as they showcase their work. This event will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the park’s nature center.

Celebrating an artist’s connections to his or her natural environment, TAI will be joined by Angie Rice, a gourd artist; Viki Graber, a traditional willow basket maker; Dani Tippman, a natural plant specialist and educator; and Greg Adams, a rustic willow furniture builder.

During the events, the standard park entrance fee of $5 per in-state vehicle and $7 per out-of-state vehicle will apply.

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Traditional Arts at Turkey Run State Park

In continuation of our collaboration with Indiana’s Department of Natural Resources, visitors to Turkey Run State Park on June 14 will have the opportunity to observe and visit with regional traditional artists as they showcase their work. This event will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the park nature center.

Celebrating artists’ connections to their natural environment, TAI will feature John Bennett, a blacksmith; Bill Poynter, a woodcarver; Greg Bryant, a chair caner; and Glen Summer, a dough bowl maker. Catch Archie Krout & the Smartsburg Pickers at the inn for an evening concert at 7 p.m.

During this events, the standard park entrance fee of $5 per in-state vehicle and $7 per out-of-state vehicle will apply.

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