Events

Performance--Stephen and Nancy Dickey: Remembering Lotus Dickey
Tuesday, May 20; 4 p.m.
Lotus Dickey (1911-1989) was a traditional singer, songwriter, and fiddler from southern Indiana (Orange County) who inspired a generation of performers and Bloomington's Lotus World Music and Arts Festival. Stephen and Nancy Dickey, son and daughter-in-law of Lotus and members of Grease Gravy (a country-bluegrass string band), will perform some of his songs during this concert honoring Lotus's legacy. The event is free and co-sponsored by Traditional Arts Indiana.

Indiana University Mini University 2014--Native Americans and the US Military: Images and Information from the Wanamaker Collection
Wednesday, June 11; 1-2:15 p.m.
What was the experience of Native Americans who served in the military in World War I? Materials at the Mathers Museum of World Cultures shed some light on this question, in the form of about 300 photographs, 2,700 questionnaires, and 3,500 pages of additional documentation dating from immediately after the war. Compiled by Dr. Joseph K. Dixon, this resource includes commentary from the veterans themselves, and by those who knew them, in the case of men who died at the front. Ellen Sieber, Chief Curator at the MMWC, will lead a Mini-University class that will examine a sampling of photographs and commentary from the veterans, including reflections on why they joined up, what they experienced of the war, and what they thought of military life. The content is derived from the upcoming exhibition, In Their Own Words: Native Americans in World War I, set to open at the Mathers Museum on June 27. Attendance requires Mini-University registration.

Lotus--Masks Around the World
Wednesday, July 9; 6 to 9 p.m.
During this family-friendly (ages 8 and up with an adult) mask-making workshop participants will learn how masks are used and what masks represent across cultures. They'll also create three to five large-scale masks, as well as several smaller masks, for an installation in the Arts Village at the 21st Lotus World Music & Arts Festival. The workshop will be led by Sam Bartlett, an author, teacher, and artist from Bloomington, who trained at the world-renowned Bread and Puppet Theatre in Glover, Vermont. He has taught paper mache sculpture and mask-making techniques throughout the country, and his large paper mache puppetry has been featured locally as well as throughout the U.S. The workshop is free and open to the public, but pre-registration is required. Please email museumed@indiana.edu or call 812-855-6873. Participants should wear old clothes (some paint will be used, as well as paper mache materials), and are encouraged to attend the second mask workshop on July 13, although attendance at both is not necessary. The workshop will be sponsored by the Bloomington Arts Commission.

Lotus--Masks Around the World
Sunday, July 13; 2 to 5 p.m.
During this second family-friendly (ages 8 and up with an adult) mask-making workshop participants will learn how masks are used and what masks represent across cultures. They'll also create three to five large-scale masks, as well as several smaller masks, for an installation in the Arts Village at the 21st Lotus World Music & Arts Festival. The workshop will be led by Sam Bartlett, an author, teacher, and artist from Bloomington, who trained at the world-renowned Bread and Puppet Theatre in Glover, Vermont. He has taught paper mache sculpture and mask-making techniques throughout the country, and his large paper mache puppetry has been featured locally as well as throughout the U.S. The workshop is free and open to the public, but pre-registration is required. Please email museumed@indiana.edu or call 812-855-6873. Participants should wear old clothes (some paint will be used, as well as paper mache materials), and are encouraged to attend the first mask workshop on July 9, although attendance at both is not necessary. The workshop will be sponsored by the Bloomington Arts Commission.