Lecture on Gustav Potthoff’s Creative-Aging Practice

As part of the ongoing partnership with Traditional Arts Indiana and The Mathers Museum of World Cultures, TAI Director Jon Kay will be giving a lecture on the incredible story of Columbus, Indiana resident Gustav Potthoff.

Gustav Potthoff

Gustav Potthoff

Potthoff is originally from the island of Java, Indonesia. He was raised in an orphanage until the age of 17, when he joined the Dutch military. Two weeks after joining the military, he became a prisoner of war and spent four years in captivity. After surviving the trails of imprisonment during World War II, he spent another five years fighting against the Indonesian revolution as a member of the Dutch army.

GustavIn the 1960s, he moved to the United States and worked as a diesel mechanic in Columbus, Indiana. After retiring, he decided to take up painting to memorialize the experiences of his life. Potthoff also paints to remember his fellow prisoners of war who built the Bridge over the River Kwai and the Hellfire Pass during World War II. Concerned that those 16,000 who died will be forgotten, the artist paints to tell people his story and to find peace among the horrors of his wartime memories by calling all who see his art to remember those who perished building the Thailand-Burma Railway.

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This program invites the public to learn about Gustav Potthoff’s life and explore his life-review practice as a strategy for creative aging. The event, sponsored by Traditional Arts Indiana through support from the Indiana Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts, is free and open to the public.

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“Remembering Bean Blossom” Event

Celebrating our new home at the Mathers Museum of World Cultures, TAI is proud to sponsor, “Remembering Bean Blossom”: an informal concert and storytelling discussion session to celebrate Bean Blossom, Indiana’s connection to bluegrass music.

Bean Blossom is the site of the Bill Monroe Bluegrass Festival, where people come to Brown County from all over the world to enjoy and play bluegrass music. As the name suggests, this festival was started by the legendary musician Bill Monroe, who discovered a local jamboree held in Bean Blossom during his travels throughout Southern Indiana. It is from this jamboree that the festival grew into the famous bluegrass celebration that it is today.

A photo of Bill Bannister (left) and Bill Monroe (right)

A photo of Bill Bannister (left) and Bill Monroe (right)

The concert and storytelling program will feature regional musicians sharing stories and songs from their experiences attending and playing at Bean Blossom over the years. The musicians will include Roger Banister, Denise Kocur, Michael Clark, and David Hendrick. Roger Banister plays the mandolin and the fiddle, and Denise Kocur plays the electric bass. Siblings Roger and Denise grew up in a bluegrass family from Columbus, Indiana. Their father, Bill Banister, is a musician and well-known mandolin maker. Michael Clark will be playing the acoustic guitar, and David Hedrick, a Brown County resident, will play the  5-string banjo.

The Banister Family Band

The Banister Family Band

This program will be held at the Mathers Museum of World Cultures on Friday June 12 at 12 p.m. “Remembering Bean Blossom” is made possible though support from the Indiana Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts. It is free and open to the public.

 

 

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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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