On March 28, retired Indiana University folklore professor and well-known author Henry Glassie talks about the challenges of preserving everyday historic buildings like barns and small houses in his lecture Indiana Vernacular. Glassie’s talk is co-sponsored by Traditional Arts Indiana and will include music by Julane Lund, a hardanger fiddle player from Martinsville. Glassie will sign copies of his book Vernacular Architecture following the program.
This lecture at Indiana Landmarks Center, 1201 Central Avenue, is free and open to the public. The talk begins at 6 p.m., preceded by a reception at 5:30 p.m.
RSVP: Although the program is free, Indiana Landmarks requests RSVPs online (vernaculararchitecture.eventbrite.com) or by calling 317-639-4534
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TAI learned that Milan Opacich, tamburitza musician and luthier passed away Monday morning (January 21, 2013) at his home in Schererville, Indiana. Many folklorists who worked in Indiana will be familiar with his work. He was a key collaborator in the Gary Project and was featured by Richard Dorson in his classic Land of the Millrats. A highly respected musician and luthier in the Calumet Region and beyond, he was honored with a National Heritage Fellowship in 2004. The son of a Croatian mother (Roza) and a Serbian father (Mile), Milan Opacich was born in Gary, Indiana in 1928. Religious and political conflicts between Serbians and Croatians were persistent when he was growing up in the Calumet Region, which is home to one of the largest Serbo-Croatian communities in the United States. His blended heritage positioned Milan on the cultural boundary between both communities, where his family bore the brunt of ethnic and religious prejudice. His mother was not allowed to worship with the Croatian Catholics, because she had married a Serbian. His father chose not to worship at the Serbian Orthodox Church, because they did not accept Milan’s mother. While religious and ethnic differences divided his community, Milan used music, art, and stories to ... Read full post
The latest Traditional Arts Indiana webinar, “To Be Or Not To Be … Online”, is available as a video recording at: http://connect.iu.edu/p5uwrraa9ed/.
When you click the link, you will be taken to a new window that shows everything exactly as it happened. You can watch this video at any time to hear Jon Kay dole out web wisdom in bite-size chunks for new residents of the digital world. Do you have a skill, art, or craft that you’re known for, but that you’re having trouble figuring out how to share with the world? Then check this recording out!
That just about does it for our TAI 2012 Webinar Series. Thanks to all the good folks who turned out for this one, and to all those who’ve come to those throughout the year. It’s been a great experience for us, and we hope the same is true for you! ... Read full post
Traditional Arts Indiana’s final webinar of 2012 will offer a common-sense approach to using websites as information- and publicity-generating tools. The talk is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 14, at 3 p.m.
In this informal webinar, TAI director Jon Kay will talk about some reasons an artist/musician/community scholar might want to have a website. Beyond the retail-hype (although the financial side will be covered), this workshop will help artists decide if an online presence is right for them.
Jon will talk through the basic levels of online presence and how to choose the right approach for you. This workshop recognizes that there is not one correct answer, but rather a handful of strategies for beginning an online journey (or not). As a musician himself, and host of the “Artisan Ancestors” podcast, Jon knows how to leverage the Internet to highlight the work of a traditional artist.
As always, this webinar is free and open to ... Read full post
The latest Traditional Arts Indiana webinar, “Independent Music Production and Promotion”, is available as a video recording at: http://connect.iu.edu/p9pv220pvyc/.
When you click the link, you will be taken to a new window that shows everything exactly as it happened. You can watch this video at any time to hear Jared Cheek and Mike Adams describe the in and outs of getting independent music released and distributed on small labels, or on a DIY basis (and in some cases, through a combination of the two).
We were glad to have another enthusiastic audience, and thanks to all of you for putting up with our audio glitches toward the beginning of the webinar! The recording, fortunately, contains no audio problems.
Our next webinar is tentatively scheduled for Dec. 14. Be on the lookout for the official announcement on this website! ... Read full post
For our next episode in the webinar series, we will be joining Jared Cheek of Flannelgraph Records and Mike Adams of Crossroads of America Records, who will tell us about their
experiences running small independent record labels and how album releases are put together. Participants will learn about alternative, affordable methods for producing and publicizing their own musical albums. The webinar is scheduled for Wednesday, November 7, 2012, at 4:00 pm ET and is free to all. We plan on a 40 minute presentation followed by ample time for audience questions.
Our hosts Jared and Mike will be discussing a range of topics from manufacturing a record release to promoting and marketing albums through channels such as Bandcamp. Musicians who are considering producing an album will find this webinar extremely helpful in exploring the various options available to them. Likewise, traditional musicians who have already produced an ... Read full post
The latest Traditional Arts Indiana webinar, our encore production of “Using Creative Commons”, is available as a video recording at: http://connect.iu.edu/p7ouay62895/.
When you click the link, you will be taken to a new window that shows everything exactly as it happened. You can watch this video at any time for a detailed overview of Creative Commons, the more nuanced (and free!) copyright system for people who are engaged in artistic or other creative pursuits. The sound quality is pristine, and our host Dr. Jason Jackson provides an excellent walkthrough of Creative Commons.
Thanks especially to our geographically diverse audience for this webinar! We were happy to welcome folks from both coasts of North America, as well as plenty of spaces in between.
Our next webinar is tentatively scheduled for Nov. 7. Be on the lookout for the official announcement on this website! ... Read full post
We are very pleased to invite you to an encore performance of our webinar on how to use Creative Commons licensing in your projects. The webinar is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 10, at 10 a.m., and should last about 45 minutes. With this event, we are striving to provide a useful service to anyone who has ever published someone else’s media outside its place of origin. Do you know about Creative Commons and feel compelled to leverage it for all it’s worth? Then this meeting is for you. Have you never heard of Creative Commons but feel curious about how to properly cite other people’s images, video, text, etc.? Then this meeting is also for you.
Our host will be Jason Jackson, Associate Professor of Folklore at Indiana University. Dr. Jackson is an expert on open access resources in the digital realm. He and his colleagues have been recognized for their excellent work ... Read full post
Looking for something to do this weekend? TAI has a couple great suggestions for you:
Tonight (Friday) – Head to Pike County and stop by the home of TAI artists Jim and Lynna Woolsey of Fields of Home at 678 W. River Road in Petersburg from 7 to 9 for a house concert. Jim Denman, a songwriter, will be performing.
Saturday and Sunday – Join us at Fort Harrison State Park in Lawrence (on the northeast side of Indianapolis) for the Hoosier Outdoor Experience. Read our previous post about it here.
To register and learn more, visit www.hoosieroutdoorexperience.in.gov or the Hoosier Outdoor Experience Facebook page. ... Read full post
We launched our partnership with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources earlier this summer at Patoka Lake’s Welcome Back Weekend, and now we’re excited to continue our partnership at the Hoosier Outdoor Experience, the state’s largest, hands-on outdoor recreation event.
Come learn how to shoot a rifle, go on a mock archaeological dig, find a geocache (and do practically anything else that can done outside!), and then stop by our tents and chat with our demonstrators. Viki Graber, a basket weaver from Goshen, Larry Haycraft, a net maker from Petersburg, and Roy Spight, a drummer and ... Read full post
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