Traditional Arts Indiana is dedicated to expanding awareness of Indiana's traditional practices and nurturing a sense of pride among local, traditional artists.
Traditional Arts Indiana is a partnership of the Mathers Museum of World Cultures and the Indiana Arts Commission. TAI is housed in Bloomington, Indiana, in the Mathers Museum of World Cultures.
Operating as usual
Reminder! TAI will be at First Thursday Festival today in the IU Auditorium from 5pm - 8pm! Stop by and pick up a free copy of the Memory, Art, and Aging guide or to create your own Memory Art Piece with Amanda Mathis.
See you there!
TAI has partnered with teaching artist Amanda Mathis (featured in out Memory, Art, and Aging Guide) to provide a Memory Art activity, where students and guests will have the opportunity to reflect on the past and learn how to create their own Memory Masterpiece.
Check the comments for links to more information on the Memory, Art, and Aging Guide as well as the order form to receive your free copy in the mail!
See you Thursday!
Thank you to everyone who was able to join us this past weekend in Seymour, IN for the long overdue ceremony honouring Delores "Dee" Nierman. Congratulations Dee on your 2020 Indiana Heritage Fellowship Award!
Dee Nierman's Indiana Heritage Fellowship Award Ceremony Hosted on March 26th, 2022 by Graduate Assistant Claire Gillett and Traditional Arts Indiana Director Jon Kay, Delores "Dee" Nierman was presented with the ...
The Net Makers
What: Indiana Humanities Waterways Film Tour
Where: New Harmony Atheneum
When: Thursday, March 31st, 6pm Central
Traditional Arts Indiana is excited to be a part of the screening of The Net Makers, made possible by director by Hannah Lindgren and executive producer Jon Kay. The event will feature a total of 3 short documentary films about Indiana Waterways
Visit our webpage to find out more about how you can attend for free! Link in comments!
Please join us today on Zoom at 2pm!
Please join TAI in honoring Rag Rug Weaver Dee Nierman, one of two recipients of the 2020 Indiana Heritage Fellowship Award.
For the link to the Zoom meeting, Click here https://traditionalarts.indiana.edu/Events/2022%20Events/2020%20IHFA%20Reception%20-%20Dee%20Nierman.html
Reminder! Nominations for the 2022 Indiana Heritage Fellowship are due Thursday, January 20th. Nomination link is is in the comments!
Nominations are due January 20th, 2022!
Application link is in the comments.
New guide on aging in urban areas to benefit Indianapolis-area elders An IU program is creating a public resource to help fight ageism by connecting older adults with creative activities.
Indiana Heritage Fellowship Nomination Information Session This is a recording of the Zoom information session with Jon Kay regarding the 2022 Indiana Heritage Fellowship Award Nomination process. The Indiana Heritag...
Reminder: Happening Today!
Link in comments.
To register for the upcoming webinar, go to
New Exhibit Alert!
Carving Columbus: Local History in Landscape Relief Carving by Woodcarver Bob Taylor
From September 24th until October 11th, an exhibit of Bob Taylor's Woodcarvings will be on display at the Columbus Visitor Center (506 5th St., Columbus, IN 47201) curated by IU Folklore MA Student Chloe McCormick.
On Saturday October 2nd, there will be a carving demonstration by Bob from 12pm-3pm for visitors to stop by and see his latest memory carving, Mooney at the Fair, in progress.
For more information, visit us at: https://traditionalarts.indiana.edu/Programs/Apprenticeships/index.html
Calling all Traditional Artists!
The Traditional Arts Indiana (TAI) Apprenticeship Program supports the continuation of cultural practices in Indiana communities by funding up to six apprenticeship pairs each year, enabling apprentices to learn essential knowledge and skills in traditional art forms from master artists. TAI hosts this apprenticeship program in partnership with the Indiana Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts.
For more information, visit our webpage at https://traditionalarts.indiana.edu/Programs/Apprenticeships/index.html
Thank you to all the Master Artists and Apprentices who were able to make it out to the First Thursday festival at IU yesterday!
This year we were able to bring together our 2020 and 2021 participants to properly celebrate their participation in the program and their growth in their craft as both Apprentices and Masters.
Photos from Themester at Indiana University's post
Today, we celebrate the 2021 Indiana State Fair Masters, the State Fair's Pioneer Village. The award ceremony will be at 3pm at the Opry Stage, if you are at the fair make sure you stop in to celebrate the Village's 60th Anniversary.
The 2021 Indiana State Fair marks both the 20th anniversary of the Traditional Arts Indiana State Fair Masters awards and the 60th Anniversary of this year’s State Fair Master, the Indiana State Fair Pioneer Village. This double anniversary seems appropriate, since both the Village and the Masters Program seek to support the traditions and heritage of the Indiana State Fair. This is the first time a full program has been recognized with this award, which also seems fitting, as more State Fair Masters have been selected from Pioneer Village than any other area of the Fair.
Pioneer Village celebrates Indiana’s agricultural heritage through antique tractor and farm implement display, as well as by hosting old-time craft and farm-life demonstrations. The roots of the Village date to 1961 when Mauri Williamson, then the Purdue Agricultural Alumni Association secretary, brought a collection of antique farming artifacts from the university to create an educational display at the Indiana State Fair. In 1968, the Fair built a barn dedicated to housing this unique collection, which made the Pioneer Village a permanent part of the annual event.
By the early 1970s, volunteers were showing fairgoers how the antique implements worked, musicians were performing traditional songs, and craftspeople were demonstrating pioneer crafts such as bowl hewing and blacksmithing. The Village had evolved from a display of artifacts into a vibrant community of demonstrators. From fiddling and quilting to threshing and storytelling, today Pioneer Village features dozens of musicians, artisans, and demonstrators who share their talents with fairgoers.
I am sorry to announce that the Indiana State Fair Fiddle Contest will not take place this year. The 2021 Fair will have fewer stages, which means that the contest, which used the Opry Stage for most of a Saturday was cancelled. We hope to bring the event back next year.
Indiana University Press invites expressions of interest from potential editors, coeditors, or editorial teams to edit its journal, Museum Anthropology Review. For details visit: https://iupress.org/mar-call-for-editors
Shuttered Venue Operators Grant Application Open... Again!! The Foundation for Art and Music in Education (FAME) held its 33rd Annual Fort Wayne FAME Festival from April 22nd to April 25th, presenting an opportunity for students to create, exhibit, and perform works of art.. The virtual experience put over 1,000 pieces of art on display and featured a sculpt...
Join this free Community Conversation hosted by the IU Center for Rural Engagement about Engaging in the Arts Across Generations. Traditional Arts Indiana's director Jon Kay will talk about the resources and activities found in their free book Memory, Art, and Aging: A Resource and Activity Guide. Also, Kelly Jordan from the Eskenazi Museum of Art at Indiana University will discuss their Look Club and Look Book initiative. https://events.iu.edu/rural/event/181439-community-conversations-engaging-in-the-arts
Community Conversations: Engaging in the Arts Across Generations Join the IU Center for Rural Engagement for a conversation about two initiatives that place rural communities at the forefront of arts engagement.
TAI director Jon Kay will be presenting at the Kentucky Folklife Gathering next week! Since it is virtual, anyone can attend, even Hoosiers. https://www.wku.edu/news/articles/index.php?view=article&articleid=9459
Kentucky Folklife Program at WKU to hold first virtual Kentucky Folklife Network Gathering On March 5and 6, the Kentucky Folklife Program, part of the Department of Folk Studies and Anthropology at WKU, will host the first virtual Kentucky Folklife Network Gathering.
Just in: IU’s Traditional Arts Indiana Will Receive a $25,000 Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts! 🎉
TAI has been approved for a $25,000 Grants for Arts Projects award to support the Elder Music Recording Project, an initiative that will record older musicians and create listening guides that support the wellbeing of older adults.
“I am truly excited that we have received this funding” said TAI Director Jon Kay. “It continues not just our work celebrating Indiana’s diverse community traditions, but also it will create an important resource for older adults and their caregivers in Indiana.”
Read the full press release on the TAI website: https://traditionalarts.indiana.edu/eldermusic-nea-2021.html
Photo: One of the featured musicians in the Elder Music Recording Project, Rev. Dennis Freeman is a traditional gospel pianist.
This program is there to support public venues. If your venue was shuttered due to Covid, this well funded program might be able to help. https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/coronavirus-relief-options/shuttered-venue-operators-grant
Shuttered Venue Operators Grant Emergency assistance for eligible venues affected by the COVID pandemic.
I am excited to participate in the Kentucky Folklife Gathering as one of their featured speakers. I always love my friends in Bowling Green, and happy to share a little bit of what we are doing just north of the Ohio River.
Introducing our featured speakers for the first Kentucky Folklife Network Virtual Gathering, March 5-6, 2021. These speakers will share their insights from working on innovative projects and answer your questions, showing the depth and breadth of what folklife can do!
- Judy Sizemore, a certified community scholar and community scholar trainer, will speak from her extensive experience developing arts and culture programs in schools and rural communities.
- Dr. Jon Kay, director of Traditional Arts Indiana, will share his knowledge about the role of traditional arts in the well-being of older adults.
- Rae Garringer will speak about Country Queers, their multimedia, community-based oral history project documenting rural and small town LGBTQIA+ experiences.
- Dr. Todd Lawrence and Dr. Heather Shirey from the University of St. Thomas will share about their work with the Urban Art Mapping Project, which launched both the COVID-19 Street Art and George Floyd and Anti-Racist Street Art databases in 2020.
In addition to these great speakers, the KFN Virtual Gathering will also include 5 hands-on panels to further invigorate and inspire your work. Stay tuned for more info and a complete schedule! Registration will open in early February.
Nominations are due next week (January 20) for the Indiana Heritage Fellowship! This prestigious state award honors an individual’s long-term achievement within an art form that is rooted in community life in Indiana.
Catch up on detailed IHF information by watching our recorded informational workshop here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4M4nDO5Aq30
Please read more and find the nomination form on the Traditional Arts Indiana website (https://traditionalarts.indiana.edu/Programs/Indiana%20Heritage%20Fellowship.html). Contact TAI if you have questions at [email protected].
Traditional Arts Indiana is included in Provost Robel's thoughtful piece about the work of IU Center for Rural Engagement. Thank you to the Provost and to the CRE for leveraging IU's resources to serve our state!
From the Desk: Provost Robel discusses IU Center for Rural Engagement Learn more about the center's impact on rural Hoosier communities, as well as those in the IU community who work with the center.
The deadline for Indiana Heritage Fellowship nominations has been extended to January 20! The updated nomination form is available on Traditional Arts Indiana’s website (https://traditionalarts.indiana.edu/Programs/Indiana%20Heritage%20Fellowship.html).
If you are considering nominating a traditional artist you know for this prestigious state award, which honors an individual’s long-term achievement within an art form that is rooted in community life in Indiana, we invite you to watch the recording of the informational workshop hosted by TAI Director Jon Kay (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4M4nDO5Aq30) and contact us for assistance with your nomination package at [email protected].
Indiana Heritage Fellowship Webinar The Indiana Heritage Fellowship Award recognizes a traditional artist who has made outstanding contributions to their artistic tradition and to their communi...
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