Upcoming Events at the Mathers Museum of World Cultures

Traditional Arts Indiana is excited to announce that we are moving to a new space on IU Bloomington’s campus, located at the Mathers Museum of World Cultures. TAI will be collaborating with the museum on several projects during the month of June to celebrate this move.

Musicians performing at the Bean Blossom Festival: (From left) David Hedrick on the 5-string banjo, Michael Clark on the acoustic guitar and Denise Kocur on the electric bass.

Musicians performing at the Bean Blossom Festival: (From left) David Hedrick on the 5-string banjo, Michael Clark on the acoustic guitar and Denise Kocur on the electric bass.

The first event “Remembering Bean Blossom” will take place on Friday, June 12, 2015 at 12:00 p.m.

Master Woodcarver Bob Taylor

Master Woodcarver Bob Taylor

The second event, “Memory Paintings and Death Camps: Gustav Potthoff’s Creative-Aging Practice” will be held at the Mathers Museum of World Cultures on Wednesday, June 17 at 4:30 p.m.

On June 18, Traditional Arts Indiana will be partnering with the Mathers Museum to showcase the work of Bob Taylor, an Indiana Master Woodcarver. This event will take place on Thursday, June 18 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
On Thursday, June 25, Traditional Arts Indiana will be celebrating Limestone Month by hosting regional limestone carver Matt Bruce at the Mathers Museum from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

For more information about these events, please see the events page of the Mathers Museum website. Stay tuned for details about future partnerships with the Mathers Museum on the TAI blog in the upcoming weeks.

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Folk Arts Event at Spring Mill State Park

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Matt Bruce carving Demonstration at Spring Mill State Park

Mitchell, Indiana— Traditional Arts Indiana will be featuring eight Hoosier artisans at Spring Mill State Park on Saturday, April 25, 2015 from 9am to 5pm. This event kicks off the demonstration season at the park, which showcases several crafts associated with early life in Indiana. However, there will be additional artisans and musicians on hand whose traditions reflect the diversity of our state’s craft heritage.

Visitors will have the opportunity to experience a range of traditions from rosemaling to limestone carving. This program will feature Matt Bruce, limestone carver; Sarah Noggle, spinner and weaver; Keith Ruble, bowl hewer and log cabin builder; Danny Cain, hoopnet maker; Jan Boettcher, Norwegian-American rosemaling; Joseph Frey, harness maker and leather worker; and John Bennett, Blacksmith. In addition, Stephen and Nancy Dickey will be on hand to perform music from Southern Indiana.

Photo Credit: Greg Whitaker.

Photo Credit: Greg Whitaker.

This diverse group of craftspeople comes from throughout Southern Indiana, so come learn about local traditions and crafts directly from the people who do them.

This program was made possible through funds from the Indiana Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts and is one of several programs hosted by Traditional Arts Indiana, a statewide program based at Indiana University’s Mathers Museum in Bloomington.

Spring Mill State Park is located to the south of Bloomington, about 3 miles east of the town of Mitchell on Indiana Highway 60. Address: 3333 IN-60, Mitchell, IN 47446

 

 

 

 

 

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TAI Webinar: Memory, Art, and Aging

Canemaker John Schoolman (right) speaks with Jon Kay

Canemaker John Schoolman (right) speaks with Jon Kay

Traditional Arts Indiana’s next webinar is scheduled for Wednesday, March 11, at 2 p.m., EST. “Memory, Art, and Aging” addresses the importance of life review and art-making as parts of the aging process.

Drawing on years of fieldwork with senior folk artists, Professor Jon Kay will share his observations about how and why seniors make art to reflect upon their lives, record their memories, and share their stories with others.

This webinar will be hosted on Adobe Connect.* Bookmark the event page to join us live on March 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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Bicentennial Legacy Project

Bowl hewing by Glen Summers.

Bowl hewing by Glen Summers.

Traditional Arts Indiana is excited to announce that our upcoming program has been endorsed by the Indiana Bicentennial Commission as a “Legacy Project” for the state. Indiana Folk Arts: 200 Years of Tradition and Innovation will showcase a number of traditional crafts that express the cultural, geographic, and artistic diversity of our state.

The exhibit will consist of 14 panels that profile a variety of artists whose traditional arts and crafts represent various threads within our state historical narrative. Demonstrations and programs with master tradition bearers will complement the exhibition as it tours to events and venues throughout the state.

Made possible through a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, Indiana Folk Arts will travel to state parks, public libraries, festivals, and select events that commemorate our state’s Bicentennial. Traditional Arts Indiana, a partnership between Indiana University and the Indiana Arts Commission, is Indiana’s official state folk arts program.

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TAI Webinar: An Apprenticeship Model

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The Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program at the Missouri Folk Arts Program is more than 30 years old.

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Traditional Arts Indiana’s next webinar is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 25, at 2 p.m., EST. “An Apprenticeship Model” discusses ways of identifying and reproducing the works of master folk artists in local communities.

Missouri Folk Arts Program director Dr. Lisa Higgins hosts this webinar, which explains her organization’s work connecting master folk artists with eager learners in an effort to extend traditions into future generations. Learn more about the work of Dr. Higgins and her colleagues here: http://mofolkarts.missouri.edu/index.shtml.

This webinar will be hosted on Adobe Connect. Bookmark the event page to join us live on Feb. 25. 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: 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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