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, a 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.

Rotating Exhibit Network
The Rotating Exhibit Network (REN) is a TAI program that provides free exhibit resources for libraries, historical societies, museums, galleries, CVBs, and other public venues throughout Indiana. Each exhibit, a free-standing panel, features engaging photographs and bold texts describing traditional arts and artists from around the state. All of these banner exhibits are free and open to the public.

More Information
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