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.

Mathers After Hours
Asian Games Night
Thursday, November 5; 6 to 10 p.m.

More gaming fun! Take a break to learn Mahjong, a traditional Chinese game of skill and chance, or Go, a strategic and philosophical board game somewhat similar to chess (it originated in China more than 2,500 years ago, but is played throughout Japan and Korea). Learn, play, and snack! (Free food!) Sponsored by the Asian Culture Center.

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
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
Thursday, December 3; 6 to 10 p.m.

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

Family Craft Day
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.