Traditional Arts Indiana Receives 2013 Governor’s Arts Award

schoolman-gaa-award-imageTraditional Arts Indiana is one of six recipients of the 2013 Governor’s Arts Awards, and we at TAI are ecstatic that our organization is being recognized by the state.

“Having directed Traditional Arts Indiana at IU for the past decade, it is greatly rewarding to see our work documenting and promoting Indiana’s folk arts and traditions honored with a Governor’s Arts Award,” said Jon Kay, director of TAI and a research scholar in the Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology at Indiana University. “From African American quilters and Amish20091017_SistersoftheCloth_Batcheller_359web buggy makers to bluegrass fiddlers and mariachi ensembles, Indiana is home to a diverse array of traditions. This award recognizes the value of the everyday creative lives of Hoosiers and TAI’s work supporting it.”

Established in 1998, Traditional Arts Indiana began as a partnership between IU Bloomington and the Indiana Arts Commission. Today, TAI  remains dedicated to expanding public awareness of Indiana’s traditional practices and works to identify, document, and understand more fully the many ways in which cultural values and the arts are embedded in daily life. Toward this aim, Traditional Arts Indiana conducts folklife surveys in counties throughout the state, creates traveling exhibitions about ethnic and community traditions, and presents Hoosier artists both regionally and nationally.

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Other recipients of the 2013 Indiana Governor’s Arts Awards are philanthropist Christel DeHaan and music educator and vocalist Cynthia Hartshorn, both of Indianapolis; singer/songwriter John Hiatt of Nashville, Tenn.; Bloomington mayor Mark Kruzan; and the late director, producer, and actor Sydney Pollack of Los Angeles.

Conceived in partnership between the Indiana Arts Commission and the Office of the Governor, the biennial Governor’s Arts Award honors individuals, organizations, partnerships, businesses, and communities thathave made significant contributions to the arts in and beyond Indiana.

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Gov. Mike Pence, first lady Karen Pence, and the Indiana Arts Commission will honor the recipients during an awards dinner and ceremony September 26th in Carmel, Ind. TAI Director Jon Kay is looking forward to receiving this award on behalf of our organization, as well as on behalf of all the artists and organizations across the state that have made our work possible.

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