Events

The Beauty of Indiana Folk Arts: Visiting Folk Artists Series--Viki Graber (Basketmaking), John Bundy (Decoy Carving), John Bennett (Blacksmithing), and Greg Adams (Willow Furniture)
Thursday, September 1; 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. (Demonstrations), 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Narrative Stage)

Drop by and meet some of Indiana's master folk artists while they make and create--Viki Graber (Basketmaking), John Bundy (Decoy Carving), John Bennett (Blacksmithing), and Greg Adams (Willow Furniture) will share their work and their art with you. The demonstrations and narrative stage will be free and open to the public, and are sponsored by Themester 2016: Beauty, an initiative of the IU College of Arts and Sciences.


First Thursdays--Indiana Folk Arts: 200 Years of Tradition and Innovation
Thursday, September 1, 5 to 7:30 p.m.

For more than 200 years Indiana has been home to a wide variety of folk arts. In celebration of the state's Bicentennial, a special traveling exhibit has been developed by Traditional Arts Indiana, a program at IU's Mathers Museum of World Cultures, with accompanying demonstrations by Indiana folk artists. Drop by and meet some of Indiana's master folk artists while they make and create--Viki Graber (Basketmaking), John Bundy (Decoy Carving), John Bennett (Blacksmithing), and Greg Adams (Willow Furniture) will share their work and their art with you. Their presentations will be free and open to the public, and are sponsored by Themester 2016: Beauty, an initiative of the IU College of Arts and Sciences.


Mathers After Hours--Siyazama: Traditional Arts, Education, and AIDS in South Africa
Thursday, September 1; 7 to 9 p.m.

Join us for the opening of a special traveling exhibition--Siyazama: Traditional Arts, Education, and AIDS in South Africa--that explores how traditional arts, knowledge, and skills are used to address AIDS. The exhibition also showcases the Siyazama (Zulu for "we are trying") Project, an arts education project based in KwaZulu-Natal, which uses traditional crafts to raise awareness about AIDS. The exhibition grew out of the South African National Cultural Heritage Project, a bi-national project led, in part, by Michigan State University Museum and MATRIX: Center for Humane Arts, Letters, and Social Sciences Online. The exhibition opening will be free and open to the public, and is sponsored by Themester 2016: Beauty, an initiative of the IU College of Arts and Sciences, and the IU School of Public Health-Bloomington.


Indiana Folk Art: 200 Years of Tradition and Innovation--Spring Mill State Park, Mitchell, IN
Saturday, September 3

For more than 200 years Indiana has been home to a wide variety of folk arts. In celebration of the state's Bicentennial, a special traveling exhibit has been developed by Traditional Arts Indiana, a program at IU's Mathers Museum of World Cultures, with accompanying demonstrations by Indiana folk artists. Drop by and meet some of Indiana's master folk artists while they make and create.


The Beauty of Indiana Folk Arts: Visiting Folk Artists Series--Dee Nierman (rug weaver) and Keith Ruble (bowl hewer)
Thursday, September 8; 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. (Demonstrations), 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Narrative Stage), 2:30 to 4 p.m. (Demonstrations)

The fourth generation of her family to practice the craft, Dee Nierman weaves on the same barn loom as her mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Keith Ruble hews a variety of bowl types, from traditional rectangles and ovals to those shaped like animals or the state of Indiana. Both artists will demonstrate their crafts and share their stories during a narrative stage discussion. The demonstrations and narrative stage will be free and open to the public, and are sponsored by Themester 2016: Beauty, an initiative of the IU College of Arts and Sciences.


Beauty or the Beast: Debating the (de)Merits of the Mathers Museum's Architecture
Friday, September 9; 4:30 p.m.

Built in the early 1980s, the Mathers Museum of World Cultures building is an example of Brutalist architecture, a modernist style reviled by some and revered by others. Two Indiana University historians with a research expertise in architecture fall squarely into one camp or the other. Eric Sandweiss, the current chair of the Department of History, and Michael Dodson, the current chair of the Dhar India Studies Program and a faculty member in the Department of History, have agreed to participate in a spirited debate on the relative beauty (or lack thereof) of the Mathers Museum building. In doing so, they will provide general insights into contemporary architecture and the contrasting and competing ways that beauty has been embraced, complicated, or rejected as a criterion for the evaluation and understanding of the built environment. The debate will be free and open to the public, and is sponsored by Themester 2016: Beauty, an initiative of the IU College of Arts and Sciences.


Indiana Folk Arts: 200 Years of Tradition and Innovation--Salamonie Reservoir, Andrews, IN
Saturday, September 10

For more than 200 years Indiana has been home to a wide variety of folk arts. In celebration of the state's Bicentennial, a special traveling exhibit has been developed by Traditional Arts Indiana, a program at IU's Mathers Museum of World Cultures, with accompanying demonstrations by Indiana folk artists. Drop by and meet some of Indiana's master folk artists while they make and create.


The Beauty of Indiana Folk Arts: Visiting Folk Artists Series--Tom Wintczak (redware potter)
September 13; 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. (Demonstration), 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Narrative Stage), 2:30 to 4 p.m. (Demonstration)

Tom Wintczak's passion is for making historically informed pottery, particularly early American decorated redware. He often uses a technique called sgraffito to carve images and words through a thin layer of colored slip (watered down clay), allowing the red clay beneath to show through. He was initially inspired by the work of Christoph Weber, an early 19th century potter who also made earthenware in Posey County. Learning about the history of his art and reviving historical techniques has been a major motivation for Wintczak, who focuses not on reproducing historical pottery but on creating new pieces that draw from the past. His demonstrations and narrative stage will be free and open to the public, and are sponsored by Themester 2016, an initiative of the IU College of Arts and Sciences.


One Million Stars To End Violence with Maryann Talia Pau
Wednesday, September 14; 7 to 8 p.m.

"One Million Stars to End Violence: Lotus International Star-Weaving Project" presents founding artist Maryann Talia Pau--visiting from Australia--for a public lecture as she begins her residency as part of the 23rd Lotus World Music and Arts Festival. Pau will discuss her work as an artist, Pasifika weaving traditions, her collaborative art-making, and the journey of founding the One Million Stars project. Lotus is one of three US partners with the Australia-based initiative "One Million Stars to End Violence," and has committed to weaving and contributing at least 10,000 stars over the next year. The project originated as a response to a violent act at a female artist's studio in Brunswick, Melbourne, Australia. Pau found resonance between Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s words and the importance of stars and weaving in her Pacific Island heritage. Says Pau, "Every woven star reminds us that we have to MAKE peace and safe spaces and that it doesn't just happen. Every star is a commitment to resist violence and revenge, to believe in forgiveness and healing." The event will be free and open to the public.


Lotus in the Park--Waldron, Hill, and Buskirk Park, Bloomington, IN
Saturday, September 17; Noon to 5 p.m.

Live performances, hands-on arts and crafts, and exhibits will fill the Waldron, Hill, and Buskirk Park during the annual Lotus in the Park celebration. Traditional Arts Indiana at the Mathers Museum will host "Indiana Instrument Makers: 200 Years of Tradition and Innovation" with mandolin/fiddle builder Bruce Taggart of Nashville, IN; guitar maker Clint Bear of Madison, IN; dulcimer builder Bill Berg of Nashville, IN; and Tony Artis, African drum maker from Indianapolis, IN. The exhibit Indiana Folk Arts: 200 Years of Tradition and Innovation will also be featured at the event, and additional MMWC staff, students, and volunteers will have hands-on activities for all ages--from making musical instruments to mask making. The event will be free and open to the public.


Indiana Folk Arts: 200 Years of Tradition and Innovation--Lanier Mansion State Historic Site, Madison, IN
Sunday, September 18

For more than 200 years Indiana has been home to a wide variety of folk arts. In celebration of the state's Bicentennial, a special traveling exhibit has been developed by Traditional Arts Indiana, a program at IU's Mathers Museum of World Cultures, with accompanying demonstrations by Indiana folk artists. Drop by and meet some of Indiana's master folk artists while they make and create.


The Beauty of Indiana Folk Arts: Visiting Folk Artists Series--James Yang (Chinese calligrapher)
Tuesday, September 20; 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. (Demonstration), 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Narrative Stage)

While James Yang was growing up in Taiwan, his father taught him to use the "four treasures"--the brush, ink stick, inkstone, and rice paper--to create calligraphy. Yang will share those treasures during a demonstration and a narrative stage discussion--he enjoys discussing the aesthetics and history of the script, as well as its significance in Chinese culture. The events will be free and open to the public, and are sponsored by Themester 2016: Beauty, an initiative of the IU College of Arts and Sciences.


The Beauty of Indiana Folk Arts: Visiting Folk Artists Series--Katrina Mitten (Miami bead artist)
Thursday, September 22; 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. (Demonstration), 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Narrative Stage), 2:30 to 4 p.m. (Demonstration)

A member of the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma, Katrina Mitten was born and raised in Indiana. Although most of the Miami were removed from their ancestral lands, Mitten-s family remained in Huntington County. She learned traditional beadwork by studying family heirlooms and museum artifacts. Through her work, Mitten demonstrates that Miami history and culture is "not something from the past, it is still going on today in the present." Her demonstrations and narrative stage discussion will be free and open to the public, and are sponsored by Themester 2016: Beauty, an initiative of the IU College of Arts and Sciences.


The Beauty of Tradition: Shawnee Pottery
Friday, September 23; 4 to 5:30 p.m.

The Glenn Black Laboratory of Archaeology will present Second Chief Ben Barnes of the Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma as he speaks on recent efforts to rediscover and reclaim the beauty of traditional Shawnee Pottery. Second Chief Barnes has worked closely with archaeologists and scholars to learn more about ancient ceramic technologies that were disrupted by European colonization. From this knowledge, he and other tribal members are working to recreate their ancestral arts. The pottery that is a result of these efforts will be on display in the Glenn Black Laboratory. The exhibit and lecture will be free and open to the public, and are sponsored by Themester 2016: Beauty, an initiative of the IU College of Arts and Sciences.


Morning at the Mathers
Saturday, September 24; 9 to 11 a.m.

Bring your parents by during this special IU Family Weekend event! We'll have bagels and coffee, and special behind-the-scenes tours for the whole family. The event will be free and open to the public.


The Beauty of Indiana Folk Arts: Visiting Folk Artists Series--Sisters of the Cloth (quilters)
Tuesday, September 27; 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. (Demonstrations), 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Bedturning), 2:30 to 4 p.m. (Demonstrations)

"Each one teach one" is the motto of the Sisters of the Cloth, an African-American quilting guild that meets monthly in Fort Wayne. Member Jacquei Seals explains, "We love to quilt, to share, to cook. I love the sisterhood of us." While some women joined the group as expert quilters, and others as beginners, many strive to maintain their family quilting traditions through the guild. The Sisters of the Cloth will share their love of quilting in demonstrations and narrative stage discussions that will be free and open to the public, and are sponsored by Themester 2016: Beauty, an initiative of the IU College of Arts and Sciences.


The Beauty of Indiana Folk Arts: Visiting Folk Artists Series--Tony Artis (African Drum Making)
Thursday, September 29; 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. (Demonstration), 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Narrative Stage), 2:30 to 4 p.m. (Demonstration)

For Tony Artis, drum making combines his interests in music, aesthetics, and Nigerian Yoruba culture. His craft allows him to have a greater connection to the music he plays, because he believes that the drum takes on the maker's voice. Come hear and learn from the master drum maker's demonstrations and narrative stage discussions. The events will be free and open to the public, and are sponsored by Themester 2016: Beauty, an initiative of the IU College of Arts and Sciences.


Costuming Identity within the Frame of the American Historical Imagination
Friday, September 30; 4 p.m.

Pravina Shukla, curator of Costume: Beauty, Meaning, and Identity in Dress, notes the periods of the Revolution and the Civil War remain foci of pride and contention, subjects of popular writing, and inspiration for costumed performance. According to Shukla, in 18th century garments at Colonial Williamsburg and in 19th uniforms on Civil War battlefields, modern Americans celebrate the nation's history, and at the same time they take the opportunity to air their political and cultural opinions while exploring significant aspects of their identities. Her lectures will explore how these costumes, differing from daily dress, help their wearers fulfill personal desires while they join with others in collective public performance. Shukla is Associate Professor of Folklore at Indiana University, and author of Costume: Performing Identities through Dress (Indiana University Press, 2015), which examines how costume always functions to express identity in situated contexts full of intention and meaning. The lecture will be free and open to the public, and is sponsored by Themester 2016: Beauty, an initiative of the IU College of Arts and Sciences.


Indiana Folk Arts: 200 Years of Tradition and Innovation--Harmonie State Park, New Harmony, IN
Saturday, October 1

For more than 200 years Indiana has been home to a wide variety of folk arts. In celebration of the state's Bicentennial, a special traveling exhibit has been developed by Traditional Arts Indiana, a program at IU's Mathers Museum of World Cultures, with accompanying demonstrations by Indiana folk artists. Drop by and meet some of Indiana's master folk artists while they make and create.


The Beauty of Indiana Folk Arts: Visiting Folk Artists Series--Matt Bruce and Casey Winningham (limestone carvers)
Thursday, October 6; 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. (Demonstrations), 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Narrative Stage)

Master carvers Matt Bruce and Casey Winningham will demonstrate and discuss different techniques in limestone carving--a distinctive arts tradition from south-central Indiana. From nearby Mitchell, Indiana, Bruce works with an air-chisel to create imaginative carvings, and often helps participants try carving. Winningham carves by hand using a chisel and mallet to craft monuments. Their demonstrations and narrative stage discussions will be free and open to the public, and are sponsored by Themester 2016: Beauty, an initiative of the IU College of Arts and Sciences.


First Thursdays--Limestone Carving
Thursday, October 6; 5 to 7:30 p.m.

Master carvers Matt Bruce and Casey Winningham will demonstrate and discuss different techniques in limestone carving--a distinctive arts tradition from south-central Indiana. From nearby Mitchell, Indiana, Bruce works with an air-chisel to create imaginative carvings, and often helps participants try carving. Winningham carves by hand using a chisel and mallet to craft monuments. Their demonstrations will be free and open to the public, and are sponsored by Themester 2016: Beauty, an initiative of the IU College of Arts and Sciences.


Mathers After Hours--Mister Lonely (2007) Costume Party
Thursday, October 6; 7 to 9 p.m.

Who are you? Who do you want to be? Don a costume of your choice and come to the Mathers Museum for a screening of Mister Lonely. This quirky film focuses on exploring characters who use costumes in their daily lives--a Michael Jackson look-a-like, and Marilyn Monroe, Charlie Chaplin, and Shirley Temple impersonators who live on a commune in Scotland. The film examines how costumes are used as a means to create a wearer's sense of beauty, and provides an interesting perspective on the intersection of identity and beauty. The screening will be free and open to the public, and is sponsored by Themester 2016: Beauty, an initiative of the IU College of Arts and Sciences.


Day of the Dead Altar Opening
Friday, October 7 to Tuesday, November 1; 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Tuesdays through Fridays/1 to 4:30 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays

Celebrate and honor the memories of deceased loved ones at Bloomington's annual Día de los Muertos Community Altar, curated by local artists Rachel DiGregorio and Michael Redman. You're invited to add gifts to the altar in honor of those who've passed, as it's customary to leave small offerings of items they would have enjoyed. The altar nurtures the memory of their lives, and each year it's built upon the foundation of the previous years' offerings. The event will be free and open to the public.


Health, Healing, and the Arts
Tuesday, October 11; 4:30 p.m.

How does art influence the healing process? How does art promote health and well-being? From educational materials to popular songs on public health topics, art has an important role to play in our health. Bob Einterz, IU School of Medicine Associate Dean for Global Health; Donald E. Brown, Professor of Global Health, Professor of Clinical Medicine; Daniel Reed, Associate Professor of Folklore and Ethnomusicology, and Ruth Stone, Laura Boulton Professor of Folklore and Ethnomusicology will discuss their research on the cultural, economic, spiritual, and educational dimensions of art within a public health context. The event will be free and open to the public, and is sponsored by the IU School of Public Health-Bloomington.


The Beauty of Indiana Folk Arts: Visiting Folk Artists Series--Larry Haycraft (hoop-net maker)
Thursday, October 13; 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. (Demonstration), 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Narrative Stage), 2:30 to 4 p.m. (Demonstration)

Five generations of the Haycraft family have made hoop nets and fished the rivers of southern Indiana. As a child, Larry Haycraft learned the basics of the craft from his father, and is now teaching his son and daughter to make nets. He believes it is important for them to learn not only for the survival of the craft, but also for their own development, since net making teaches them patience and careful, deliberate thinking. Learn more about hoop-net making during Haycraft's demonstrations and narrative stage discussion. The events will be free and open to the public, and are sponsored by Themester 2016: Beauty, an initiative of the IU College of Arts and Sciences.


Indiana Folk Arts: 200 Years of Tradition and Innovation--Brown County State Park, Nashville, IN
Saturday, October 15

For more than 200 years Indiana has been home to a wide variety of folk arts. In celebration of the state's Bicentennial, a special traveling exhibit has been developed by Traditional Arts Indiana, a program at IU's Mathers Museum of World Cultures, with accompanying demonstrations by Indiana folk artists. Drop by and meet some of Indiana's master folk artists while they make and create.


Indiana Folk Arts: 200 Years of Tradition and Innovation--Indiana State House, Indianapolis, IN
Saturday, October 15

For more than 200 years Indiana has been home to a wide variety of folk arts. In celebration of the state's Bicentennial, a special traveling exhibit has been developed by Traditional Arts Indiana, a program at IU's Mathers Museum of World Cultures, with accompanying demonstrations by Indiana folk artists. Drop by and meet some of Indiana's master folk artists while they make and create.


Sensual Knowledge: Visiting Performing Artist Series--Tomás Lozano
Friday, October 21; 1:30 to 3:40 p.m.

Vocalist, instrumentalist, and composer, Tomás Lozano links his destiny with Spanish poet and 1956 Nobel Prize in Literature, Juan Ramón Jiménez, resulting in stunning artistic purity. The poetry of Jiménez is a conduit to truth and eternity. Lozano channels the poetry into inspired and inspiring songs, and what emerges from this bond is a musical journey through Jimeniano landscapes in which Lozano embraces the transcendent and translates it with stunning beauty. Lozano will present a workshop, using the poetry of Juan Ramón Jiménez, addressing flow in the written word and flow in song, and the particular aesthetic of each genre. The event will be free and open to the public, and is sponsored by Themester 2016: Beauty, an initiative of the IU College of Arts and Sciences.


The Beauty of Indiana Folk Arts: Visiting Folk Artists Series--Jan Boettcher (rosemaler) and Carol Powers (pysanky artist)
Thursday, October 27; 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. (Demonstrations), 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Narrative Stage), 2:30 to 4 p.m. (Demonstrations)

Jan Boettcher practices rosemaling, a type of traditional decorative painting. Her desire to connect with her Norwegian ancestry led her to learn the art from her aunt Dorothy. Carol Powers learned the Ukrainian art of pysanky from her aunt. Using a wax-resist method, Powers draws a pattern onto an egg and then dyes it. Through ornate figures and designs, Boettcher's painting and Powers's decorative eggs express their ethnic identities and personal creativity. Their demonstrations and narrative stage discussions will be free and open to the public, and are sponsored by Themester 2016: Beauty, an initiative of the IU College of Arts and Sciences.


Halloween Family Fun Fest: Monsters!
Sunday, October 30; 2 to 4 p.m.

Celebrate the Halloween season by making monsters, playing monstrous games, and hearing special Halloween stories (at 3 p.m.). There will also be a special scavenger hunt through the MONSTERS! exhibition. The event will be free and open to the public.


Day of the Dead Altar Lighting and Reception
Tuesday, November 1; 5 to 7 p.m.

Join us to light the Día de los Muertos Community Altar during a closing ceremony and reception. The event will be free and open to the public.


First Thursdays--Contemporary Traditions
Thursday, November 3; 5 to 7:30 p.m.

Learn about contemporary Indiana folk arts from artists from around the state. Their presentations will be free and open to the public, and are sponsored by Themester 2016: Beauty, an initiative of the IU College of Arts and Sciences.


Mathers After Hours--Miss Navajo (2007) and New Things Club
Thursday, November 3; 7 to 9 p.m.

Directed by documentarian Billy Luther (Navajo-Hopi-Laguna), Miss Navajo explores Navajo culture through the story of Crystal Frazier and the Miss Navajo pageant, which centers around tradition and the perpetuation of Navajo culture and values--a reframing of the more typical pageant focus on the female form and beauty. Additionally, in partnership with the Student Academic Center the Mathers Museum will host the inaugural meeting of the New Things Club after the film screening. Dedicated to inspiring students and community members to try new things, this club will engage in activities on campus and field-trips off campus. The screening will be free and open to the public, and is sponsored by Themester 2016: Beauty, an initiative of the IU College of Arts and Sciences.


Sensual Knowledge: Visiting Visual Artist Series--Nora Naranjo-Morse
Friday, November 4; 1:30 to 3:40 p.m.

Known foremost for her work with clay, Nora Naranjo-Morse is an artist whose work spans from pottery and figurines to installation exhibits and large-scale public art. Born from an artistic family, she is the youngest daughter of Santa Clara-Laguna potter Rose Naranjo and her eight siblings have engaged in practicing this art form as well. She makes constant reference to the earth as an evolving organic whole by creatively employing natural and found materials in her work. From large earth works to clay and straw towers to a clay rope draped across streets and buildings throughout the city of Santa Fe, her works often feature notes of whimsy. Naranjo-Morse will present a workshop on poetry, pottery, indigenous art in museums, and Christina Burke, PhD, and Curator of Native American and Non-western Art at the Philbrook Museum of Art, will engage Naranjo-Morse in a conversation about Native American art. The event will be free and open to the public, and is sponsored by Themester 2016: Beauty, an initiative of the IU College of Arts and Sciences.


Chinese Calligraphy Club Night
Friday, November 4; 4 to 6 p.m.

Come for the Chinese board games and other activities hosted by IU Chinese Calligraphy Club. Besides learning and playing mahjong or Gobang, you can try your hand at Chinese calligraphy. The event will be co-sponsored by the Asian Culture Center, and will be free and open to the public.


The Art of the Matter: Exploring HIV/AIDS Education through the Arts
Tuesday, November 8; 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
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Hear from panel of international students who bring a variety of perspectives to a discussion concerning art and AIDS sparked by the dialogue that has emerged around the Mathers Museum's exhibition of Siyazama: Traditional Arts, Education, and AIDS in South Africa. The event will be free and open to the public, and is sponsored by the IU School of Public Health-Bloomington.


The Beauty of Indiana Folk Arts: Visiting Folk Artists Series--Marcos Bautista (Zapotec weaver)
Thursday, November 10; 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. (Demonstration), 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Narrative Stage), 2:30 to 4 p.m. (Demonstration)

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. Bautista's art combines his innovative designs with Zapotec patterns and techniques, which he'll share through demonstrations and narrative stage discussions. The events will be free and open to the public, and are sponsored by Themester 2016: Beauty, an initiative of the IU College of Arts and Sciences.


Mathers After Hours--Seasons of a Navajo (1983)
Thursday, November 10; 7 p.m.

In the Navajo worldview beauty is a key concept. It extends into concepts of balance, harmony, and peace and is fundamental to understanding individual and community health. Seasons of a Navajo presents the way this broad and deep conceptualization of beauty permeates the yearly cycles of Navajo life, and the movement of children into adulthood and adults into elderhood. The film screening will be free and open to the public, and is sponsored by Themester 2016: Beauty, an initiative of the IU College of Arts and Sciences.


Family Craft Day: Inspired by Nature
Sunday, November 13; 2 to 3:30 p.m.

As the final leaves are falling, let's take the time to celebrate nature. Join us as we use materials found in nature to make journals, bird feeders, veggie-stamped goodies, and other fun objects. The event will be free and open to the public.


The Beauty of Indiana Folk Arts: Visiting Folk Artists Series--Father Jerome Sanderson (iconographer)
Thursday, November 17; 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. (Demonstration), 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Narrative Stage), 2:30 to 4 p.m. (Demonstration)

Father Jerome Sanderson prayerfully makes icons, which he installs in Orthodox churches throughout the United States. In the 1980s Father Jerome apprenticed to two iconographers, who taught him the techniques used to reproduce ancient portraits of prophets and saints. He'll share his work through demonstrations and narrative stage discussions, which will be free and open to the public, and are sponsored by Themester 2016: Beauty, an initiative of the IU College of Arts and Sciences.


Mathers After Hours--Star Weaving with Lotus
Thursday, December 1; 7 to 9 p.m.

Learn to weave an 8-pointed star and join a worldwide movement. Instructors will teach the Samoan star-weaving technique and share this Australian-led initiative inspired by a quote by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: "Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that." Lotus is one of only three US group partnering with the Australia-based initiative "One Million Stars to End Violence," and has committed to weaving and contributing at least 10,000 stars to this project. Registration is not required, but if you are planning to bring a large group, please let us know (contact Loraine@lotusfest.org). Light refreshments will be provided. The event will be free and open to the public.


Family Craft Day: Toys
Sunday, December 4; 2 to 3:30 p.m.

Help us celebrate Indiana's 200th birthday with a fun afternoon of crafting Hoosier homemade toys. Learn how to make dolls, ball and cup games, and whirlygigs were made as we celebrate Indiana's bicentennial (and we'll have a chance to make some "global" toys, too). The event will be free and open to the public.


Book Party
Friday, December 9; 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

We're celebrating the fall semester release of books written or edited by Mathers Museum faculty, research associates, and colleagues--Folk Art and Aging: Life Story Objects and Their Makers, by Jon Kay; Indiana Folk Arts: 200 Years of Tradition and Innovation, edited by Jon Kay; Material Vernaculars: Objects, Images, and Their Social Worlds, edited by Jason Baird Jackson; Quilts of Southwest China, edited by Marsha MacDowell and Lijun Zhang; and Tennessee Delta Quiltmaking, by Teri Klassen. Join us to congratulate them and learn more about their work.


Study Space/Craft Place
Tuesday, December 13 to Friday, December 16: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Need a quiet place to study, or a fun place to relax? Come to the Mathers Museum during finals week for both. We'll have study tables and lots of power outlets, as well as free food and coffee to get you through the week. Or, if you want to take a break, we'll have a crafting area for relaxing and unwinding. It's all free and open to the public.