EventsFamily Day at Lotus Blossoms Bazaar (at Binford Elementary School, 2300 E. 2nd St.)
Saturday, March 29; 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
MMWC will again be hosting special hands-on crafts tables at this year's free Family Day at the Lotus Blossoms Bazaar. The event will feature arts and activities that bring the world to your fingertips, and live performances in the Performance Corner. All ages are welcome. The event will be sponsored by the Lotus Education and Arts Foundation.
Lecture--The Fight Against Cultural Racketeering: Exposing the Global Black Market in Looted Art and Antiquities
Thursday, April 3; 5 p.m.
Cultural racketeering, or the organized, mass-scale looting and smuggling of art and archaeological artifacts, has exploded in recent years. Global criminal networks are taking advantage of political unrest in Egypt, Syria, and other countries in crisis to systematically rob priceless cultural heritage and, in many cases, the future economic sustainability of communities that depend on cultural tourism. More than $2 billion in antiquities have been looted from Egypt alone since 2011. Marion Werkheiser, attorney and founder of Cultural Heritage Partners, PLLC, and recipient of the 2014 College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Young Alumni Award, will discuss the international legal frameworks that govern cultural heritage preservation, the dynamics of the underground trade in art and antiquities, and efforts underway to combat these coordinated attacks on our shared cultural heritage.
Lecture--Hiding the Private in Public: Reconstructing Katharine and Charles Bowden's A Pictorial Story of Hiawatha (1904)
Tuesday, April 15; 12 to 1 p.m.
Andy Uhrich is an Indiana University PhD student in the Film and Media Studies Program in the Department of Communication and Culture who notes scholars have examined how Longfellow's 1855 poem "The Song of Hiawatha" took on new, unexpected resonances with white Americans at the beginning of the 20th century. The poem's character of Hiawatha--whom Longfellow conflated out of a hybrid of Ojibwe and Iroquois historical and religious personas--became a pop culture icon. Images of Hiawatha circulated widely across the multiple and expanding mass media of the era: live theater, musical compositions, newspapers and popular magazines, picture postcards, and photography and lantern slides. Less examined, partially due to their lost or hidden archival status, is a cycle of three films on Hiawatha released in 1904. Ulrich's presentation considers these early cinematic representations of Hiawatha through an analysis of the extant film elements of an illustrated lecture by the Bowdens, a married couple who presented a live show mixing narration and projected moving pictures and hand colored slides.
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.