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 demonstrations are free and open to the public, and sponsored by Fall 2015 Themester @Work: The Nature of Labor on a Changing Planet.

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.

National Hispanic Heritage Month Reception
Tuesday, September 15; 4 to 6 p.m.

Join us for the kick-off reception while enjoying music and sampling delicious food. This event is free, and open to the campus and the community. Cosponsored by La Casa, Latino Studies, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, City of Bloomington Latino Outreach Programs, and El Centro Comunal Latino.

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,and is sponsored by Fall 2015 Themester @Work: The Nature of Labor on a Changing Planet, the Indiana Arts Commission, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Lotus in the Park
Saturday, September 26; Noon to 5 p.m. (at Waldron, Hill and Buskirk Park)

As part of the annual Lotus World Music and Arts Festival this free family-friendly event presents live music, workshops, and crafts for all ages.

Mathers After Hours
Latino Games Night
Thursday, October 1; 6 to 10 p.m.

We're opening up after hours for some free student fun! Ever played lotería, dominoes, mus, or la oca? Join us, and bring your friends, to learn and play. We'll have music and free food, so drop by! Sponsored by La Casa.

Día de los Muertos Community Altar
Wednesday, October 7 through Sunday, November 1; 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekdays, and 1 to 4:30 p.m. on weekends; Special closing reception on Sunday, November 1, 3 to 5 p.m.

Come celebrate and honor the memories of deceased loved ones at Bloomington's 10th 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 deceased loved ones, 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 is free and open to the public.

Speaking of Work Baskets
Positioning Eastern Cherokee Basketry
Thursday, October 22; 4 to 5 p.m.

Basketry made by Cherokee artists in North Carolina has changed significantly over the last two hundred years. With the shifting availability of important plants and a growing tourist market, this practice reflects the tribe's changing social and ecological environment while providing a way for this community to adapt to new realities. Highlighting baskets on display in the Mathers Museum exhibit, Cherokee Craft, 1973, this talk by Emily Buhrow Rogers, a Ph.D. student in the departments of Anthropology and Folklore at IU, and co-curator of the exhibit, addresses these items' diversity and explores how they mediated new meanings. The lecture, sponsored by Fall 2015 Themester @Work: The Nature of Labor on a Changing Planet, is free and open to the public.

Halloween Family Fun Fest
Monster Mash
Saturday, October 31; 2 to 4 p.m.

Come help us celebrate our just-opened exhibit about MONSTERS! with a free, family-friendly, and fun monster mash! Play monstrous games, including "Pin the Eye on the Monster" and "Monster Bowling," but save some time to make some crafts, too, like everyone's favorite--MONSTER GOO!

Speaking of Work Baskets
Baskauta :: Bachao :: Basket: An Interactive Basket Experience
Thursday, November 5; 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Baskets reveal a story for reflecting place and function. Join Carissa Carman, IU Visiting Assistant Professor of Textiles, as she introduces the materials for both historical and contemporary baskets. Carman will familiarize participants with the fine-tuned techniques for how to work through some of the basic interlocking forms that create structure. The session will investigate baskets from the MMWC education collection as a means to beginning construction with playful materials, to build an appreciation for the delicate skill that each material requires. No experience necessary. The event, sponsored by Fall 2015 Themester @Work: The Nature of Labor on a Changing Planet, is free and open to the public.

Folkloric Monsters of Japan and the People who Love Them
Friday, November 13; 4 to 5 p.m.

Kappa water sprites, tengu mountain goblins, shape-shifting animals, and a panoply of other fantastic creatures known as yōkai have long haunted Japanese folklore and are now popular characters in manga, anime, film and computer games. This presentation by Michael Dylan Foster, associate professor of Folklore and East Asian languages and cultures at Indiana University and co-curator of MONSTERS!, will broadly introduce the concept of yōkai--often translated as monster, spirit, or supernatural creature--and explore the varied roles such figures have played within Japanese culture and history. Foster is the author of Pandemonium and Parade: Japanese Monsters and the Culture of Yōkai and The Book of Yōkai: Mysterious Creatures of Japanese Folklore, as well as numerous articles on folklore, literature, and media. The event is free and open to the public.

Family Craft Day
Baskets
Sunday, November 15; 2 to 3:30 p.m.

Explore baskets around the world, and then try your hand at making your own during this fun, free, family event.

Mathers After Hours
Craftapalooza
Thursday, December 3; 6 to 10 p.m.

Craft the night away--it's a good way to destress and enjoy a study break. Make pop-up holiday cards, ornaments, and other hands-on items during this free event with snacks and music your friends!

Family Craft Day
Winterfest
Sunday, December 6; 2 to 3:30 p.m.

Make it a "handmade holiday" during this free, family-friendly afternoon of DIY snowflake mobiles, holiday ornaments, upcycled journals, and other items to give or keep in celebration of the season.