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Thursday, April 18; 5 to 7 p.m.
Come celebrate the many facets of Latino and Latin American culture. The event will be free and open to the public.
Exhibit Reception--Echoes of the Rainforest: The Visual Arts of the Shipibo Indians
Saturday, April 20; 2 to 4 p.m.
Come celebrate the work of high school students at the International School of Indiana (in Indianapolis) who helped to develop and design the exhibit "Echoes of the Rainforest: The Visual Arts of the Shipibo Indians." The exhibit’s artifacts--ceramics, textiles, and other works created by people living in the Amazon rainforest of Peru--were collected by Frédéric and Bernadette Allamel, who worked with Frédéric's students at the International School to curate the exhibit. View or download a copy of the Echoes of the Rainforest Catalog. The reception will be free and open to the public.
Maize is Life: A Staple in South Africa, a talk by Jordan Blekking, Ph.D. student, IU Department of Geography
Thursday, April 25; 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Jordan Blekking, an IU doctoral student in the Department of Geography, notes “maize is the most important crop in Southern Africa, both in terms of agricultural productivity and food security.” He’ll present a discussion on how maize has grown in importance across the region over the past century, primarily as a result of pro-maize policies that promote the crop above all others, but may create more adverse food security effects, and even hunger. The talk will be free and open to the public.
Indiana Heritage Fellowships Awards Celebration
Saturday, April 27; 1 to 4:30 p.m. (Awards ceremony, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.)
Demonstrations and performances by traditional artists from Indiana will fill the Mathers Museum’s halls as we celebrate the inaugural Indiana Heritage Fellowship awards. The fellowships recognize traditional artists who make outstanding contributions to their artistic tradition and to their community. Among the demonstrators will be master artists and apprentices from the Traditional Arts Indiana Apprenticeship Program. The 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. Celebration highlights will include performances by Ballet Folklórico of East Chicago, Indiana, and bluegrass music performers. Demonstrations will include blacksmithing, Miami and Great Lake beadwork embroidery, hoopnet making, and African drum making. The event will be free and open to the public.
Artist in Residence--Marcos Bautista (Weaver)
Saturday, April 6; Saturday, April 27; Sunday, April 28
1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Marcos Bautista is from Teotitlán del Valle in Oaxaca, Mexico, a community known for its Zapotec weaving. He grew up helping his family in their weaving business, often operating the standing loom. Marcos’ art combines his innovative designs with Zapotec patterns and techniques. He moved to Indiana after he married, and he continues to sell his textiles at art and craft fairs around the state. He remains close to his family in Oaxaca, often sending them new patterns of his own design and helping to sell his family’s creations. Bautista will be an artist in residence at the Mathers Museum of World Cultures, demonstrating his art and discussing his work with visitors. The free demonstrations are presented in conjunction with Mexico Remixed, a program of IU’s Arts and Humanities Council.
Family Craft Day: Huichol Yarn Painting and Otomi Paper Cuts
Sunday, April 28; 2 to 3:30 p.m.
Celebrate Mexico Remixed, a program of IU's Arts and Humanities Council, with free and fun family crafts inspired by traditional crafts from Mexico.