Events

Traditional Arts Indiana
State Fair Fiddle Contest
Saturday, August 15; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Each year, Traditional Arts Indiana sponsors a fiddle contest at the Indiana State Fair to promote the traditional music practices of Indiana and to bring people together to hear some toe-tapping fiddle tunes. With participants from all age groups, the fiddle contest brings the music community together to celebrate the different talents and various styles of fiddlers around our state.

Speaking of Work Baskets
Artist in Residence: Demonstrations by Viki Graber, Basketmaker
Wednesday, August 26 through Friday, August 28; 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Viki Graber, a weaver of willow baskets from the Mennonite community of Goshen, Indiana, will demonstrate her techniques and methods during a series of public presentations at the Mathers Museum of World Cultures. The event are free and open to the public, and sponsored by Fall 2015 Themester @Work: The Nature of Labor on a Changing Planet, is free and open to the public.

Exhibit Reception--Willow Work: Viki Graber, Basketmaker
Wednesday, August 26; 4:30 p.m.

Jon Kay, curator of Willow Work: Viki Graber, Basketmaker, will discuss Graber's family heritage of willow basket weaving and will introduce her and her work. Sponsored by Fall 2015 Themester @Work: The Nature of Labor on a Changing Planet, the event is free and open to the public.

Speaking of Work Baskets
The Last Basketmaker: Indiana's Oak-Rod Baskets and Their Makers
Friday, September 11; 4 to 5 p.m.

The Bohall and Hovis families of Brown County made oak-rod baskets for their neighbors to gather produce and carry everyday items. While these workbaskets were essential for subsistence farming, industrialization and changes in agricultural practices threatened the continuation of this craft. and by the 1980s, the weaving of oak-rod baskets had ended in Indiana. In a lecture filled with historic photographs, Jon Kay, Director of Traditional Arts Indiana and Curator of Folklife and Cultural Heritage at the MMWC, unravels the story of these baskets and explores the global forces that brought this distinctive Indiana tradition to an end. The lecture, sponsored by Fall 2015 Themester @Work: The Nature of Labor on a Changing Planet, is free and open to the public.

The Art of Limestone Work
Thursday, September 17; Noon to 3 p.m.

In towns along the Salem Oolitic Limestone Belt, Indiana workers shape local limestone into building stone, monuments, and statuary. Come join an exploration and celebration of Indiana's limestone work featuring carving demonstrations, presentations, and discussions. At 2 p.m., limestone workers will share their memories and observations about the occupational traditions associated with limestone work. In addition, Limestone Traditions: Stoneworking in South-Central Indiana, a traveling exhibit from Traditional Arts Indiana, will be on display during the program. This program will be free and open to the public, is sponsored by Fall 2015 Themester @Work: The Nature of Labor on a Changing Planet.