TAI Launches New Season of Webinars

Join us this Thursday, March 13, at 4 p.m. for the first webinar of our 2014 season, “What Are the Traditional Arts and Why Should I Care?” Our webinars feature a series of discussions with professionals about public folklore, traditional arts, and relevant programming.

Our first webinar, hosted by Director Jon Kay, aims to introduce individuals and community groups to the concepts and importance of traditional arts. Often overlooked and under-appreciated within their communities, folk arts are central to nurturing a strong sense of place and belonging.

This will be our first webinar hosted on Google+ — RSVP or bookmark the event page now or click here to join us live on Thursday. 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 Thursday? Webinars will be archived to our website, and available for viewing at any time.

Other upcoming webinars will cover a range of useful topics, such as the role of folk arts in successful aging of senior citizens, creating DIY (do it yourself) exhibit spaces, presenting local traditions in your own community, and more. Check back on our website or on our Facebook page for more information.

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Eisā Demonstration and Teaching with the Okinawa YuYuKai

yuyukai2Come and experience the sights and sounds of southern Japan at an Eisā Demonstration and Teaching with the Okinawa YuYuKai. Sponsored by Indiana University’s Traditional Arts Indiana and funded through a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, this free event will feature YuYuKai members of all ages who will introduce Okinawa’s distinct regional culture and history. Continue reading

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Mariachi Zelaya

groupCome and enjoy your favorite songs from Mexico and beyond in a free concert with Mariachi Zelaya, a group that embraces the rich and versatile musical tradition of mariachi to create music that resonates with diverse audiences across the state. Sponsored by Indiana University’s Traditional Arts Indiana and funded through a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, the concert will showcase the talents of this popular Indiana mariachi band. Continue reading

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Our Quilts, Our Stories: A Bed Turning with the Sisters of the Cloth

TThe Sisters of the Cloth Quilting Guildraditional Arts Indiana will join the Roger B. Francis Branch of the Saint Joseph County Public Library to bring the Sisters of the Cloth, a nationally recognized African-American quilting guild from Fort Wayne, Indiana, to the Francis Branch Library to present a bed-turning of some of their many beautiful and exquisite quilts. Sponsored by TAI and funded through a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, this event will showcase these phenomenal women and their work. Continue reading

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Folk Art and Aging: Lessons on Successful Aging and the Arts

Presented with the Mill Race Center and the Columbus Area Arts Council, this workshop explores the importance of life review and art making to the successful aging process in the lives of seniors. Focusing on a wide range of art projects created by Indiana seniors, this program provides strategies for seniors and their families to understand late-life creativity and its benefits, as well as ways to nurture it.

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Marian Sykes of Chesterton, In., with a rug she made that tells a story from her life

Led by Jon Kay, the director of Traditional Arts Indiana, the workshop will include case studies from his years of working with senior folk artists. Continue reading

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An Afternoon of Indiana Fiddle Tunes

Paul Goodpasture Come and enjoy An Afternoon of Indiana Fiddle Tunes at the Salem-Washington Township Public Library. This program is free and open to the public, and offers a wonderful chance to listen to the tunes and stories of Southern Indiana’s rich fiddling tradition from musicians with deep roots in Southern Indiana’s old-time music community. Sponsored by TAI and funded through a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, the concert will feature the talents of area musicians Paul Goodpasture and Larry Hopkins. Continue reading

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The Not Too Bad Bluegrass Band in Concert

The Not Too Bad Bluegrass BandTraditional Arts Indiana will join the Sullivan County Public Library to bring The Not Too Bad Bluegrass Band to downtown Sullivan for a free concert. Sponsored TAI and funded through a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, the concert will showcase the talents of this popular Indiana Bluegrass Band. Continue reading

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Governor’s Arts Awards Ceremony

TAI invites you to join us for the Governor’s Arts Awards Ceremony to celebrate not only our work, but that of all of our artists and supporters around the state. Continue reading

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Hoosier Outdoor Experience

Traditional Arts Indiana will offer programs featuring local Indiana craftspeople Saturday, September 21st and Sunday, September 22nd from 10am to 6pm as a part of the Department of Natural Resource’s annual Ford Hoosier Outdoor Experience event.

Traditional Arts Indiana has invited a number of Indiana craftspeople and artists to demonstrate and discuss their craft. The program will include drum maker and musician Tony Artis, drum maker and musician Roy Spight, hoopnet maker Larry Haycraft, plant tradition bearer Dani Tippmann, and limestone crafter and gravestone maker Casey Winningham. Our goal is to create a friendly, relaxed atmosphere in which people can learn about local traditions and crafts directly from the wonderful people who do them. Continue reading

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Stonecarving in Zionsville

Matt BruceOn a windy Tuesday evening, a small but eager crowd turned out at the Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Public Library to watch limestone craftsman Matt Bruce demonstrate his stonecarving process.  With a boisterous sense of humor and a knack for  storytelling, Matt described the broader picture of limestone work in Indiana, as well as his own work at Bybee Stone Company of Bloomington and later, Architectural Stone Sales of Bedford.

This demonstration was a special opportunity for Hoosiers to get an insider’s perspective of Indiana’s living limestone industry. In Bloomington, for example, one is surrounded by beautiful stonework all around town: local stone-built churches and homes as well as Indiana University’s lovely campus are a testament to Indiana’s special tradition of limestone craftsmanship. Even the handmade rock walls surrounding many yards and gardens are constructed from limestone. While the limestone tradition is ubiquitous on the surface, relatively few Hoosiers have a chance to learn about the work, process, and craftsmen behind the stone.  With Matt Bruce’s talent for speaking, TAI and the Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Public Library were able to connect community to craftsman, giving us all a deeper sense of meaning to living in Indiana.

 

 

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