Traditional Arts Indiana

Traditional Arts Indiana

In 1976, the United States Congress passed the American Folklore Preservation Act. The legislation described folklife to be "in the interest of the general welfare of the Nation to preserve, support, revitalize, and disseminate." In 1998, Indiana University Bloomington and the Indiana Arts Commission joined in a partnership to create Traditional Arts Indiana, an organization dedicated to the preservation and promotion of Indiana folk arts. During the spring of 2015, TAI became part of the Mathers Museum of World Cultures.

Since its founding, TAI has been committed to the nurturing and promoting Indiana's traditional artists and practices. TAI works to integrate and connect cultural heritage to educational activities, cultural conservation, arts, and community development at the local, state, and national level. It actively documents Indiana's traditional arts and artists through interviewing, recording, and photographing individuals and groups throughout the state about their crafts and traditions. TAI also archives materials for public use in the Indiana Historical Society Library and Archive, and produces public programming to present its ethnographic research to communities. TAI also collaborates and consults with other cultural specialists and organizations about cultural documentation methodologies and presentation of materials through public programming.

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Traditional Arts Indiana works with traditional artists and arts and cultural agencies around the state to present exhibits, demonstrations, and workshops at the state fair, libraries, parks, historic sites, and community festivals throughout Indiana, reaching over 300,000 Hoosiers each year.

Scheduled Venues - January 16 to March 30, 2018

Attica Public Library, Attica, IN – Tom Wintczak (Potter)
Batesville Memorial Library, Batesville, IN – Weberding Family (Wood Carvings)
Bedford Public Library, Bedford, IN – Bruce Hoivs (Basket Maker)
Brown County Public Library, Nashville, IN – Katrina Mitten (Bead Artist)
Brownstown Public Library, Brownstown, IN – Katrina Mitten (Bead Artist)
Evansville-Vanderburgh Public Library, Evansville, IN – Tom Wintczak (Potter)
Franklin County Public Library, Brookville, IN – Greg Adams (Willow Furniture Maker)
Franklin County Public Library - Laurel Branch, Laurel, IN – Marie Webster (Quilter and Pattern Maker)
Greensburg Public Library, Greensburg, IN – Katrina Mitten (Bead Artist)
Hebron Public Library, Hebron, IN - Bill Day, Keith Ruble & Glenn Summers (Bowl Hewing)
Huntington City Public Library, Huntington City, IN – John Bundy (Duck Decoy Carver)
Hussey Mayfield Memorial Public Library, Zionsville, IN – John Bundy (Duck Decoy Carver)
Jasper-Dubois County Public Library – Dubois Branch, Dubois, IN – Bob Taylor (Woodcarver)
Jeffersonville Township Public Library, Jeffersonville, IN – Portia Sperry (Abigail Doll Inventor)
Kouts Public Library, Kouts, IN - Portia Sperry (Abigail Doll Inventor)
Lawrenceburg Public Library, Lawrenceburg, IN – Bill Day, Keith Ruble & Glen Summers (Bowl Hewing)
Middletown Public Library, Middletown, IN – Bruce Hovis (Basket Maker)
Mitchell Public Library, Mitchell, IN – Weberding Family (Wood Carvings)
Plainfield-Guilford Township Public Library, Plainfield, IN – Weberding Family (Wood Carvings)
Portage Public Library, Portage, IN – Marie Webster (Quilter and Pattern Maker)
Salem Public Library, Salem, IN – John Bundy (Duck Decoy Carver)
South Haven Public Library, South Haven, IN - Greg Adams (Willow Furniture Maker)
St. Joseph County Public Library - Francis Branch, Franklin, IN – Bill Day, Keith Ruble & Glenn Summers (Bowl Hewing)
Sullivan County Public Library, Sullivan, IN – Bob Taylor (Woodcarver)
Tell City-Perry County Public Library, Tell City, IN – Bob Taylor (Woodcarver)
University Library of Columbus, Columbus, IN – Tom Wintczak (Potter)
Valparaiso Public Library, Valparaiso, IN – Bruce Hovis (Basket Maker)
Warsaw Community Public Library, Warsaw – Portia Sperry (Abigail Doll Inventor)
West Lafayette Public Library, West Lafayette, IN – Greg Adams (Willow Furniture Maker)
Winchester Community Library, Winchester, IN – Maris Webster (Quilter and Pattern Maker)