IU Center for Rural Engagement to collaborate with Traditional Arts Indiana on demonstrations, exhibits in rural communities

This spring, the Indiana University Center for Rural Engagement and Traditional Arts Indiana (TAI) will partner to connect arts demonstrations and exhibits with Huntingburg, Nashville and Salem as part of the center’s rural arts series.

In addition to the interactive programs in the three rural communities, TAI will share details about:

  • The apprenticeship program, which connects residents with master artists in traditional arts including music, dance, and studio arts;
  • The Indiana Heritage Fellowship, a competitive recognition of a traditional artist who has made outstanding contributions to their artistic tradition and to their community
  • The TAI network, which seeks to connect with traditional artists who might not yet be connected to the TAI community.

Spring 2019 programs

Traditional Arts Indiana: Blacksmithing

March 9, 2019

Jason Nickel, alongside his two apprentices Iris Nickel and Paolo Ansaldo, are working to create an entry gate for the Bloomington Community Orchard. Join Traditional Arts Indiana for a presentation and demonstration.

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Traditional Arts Indiana: Hoop Net Making

March 30, 2019

The Haycrafts are known for unique and signature oval hoop nets. Made to fish in shallow and swift running water, these nets are incredibly complicated to create. Join Traditional Arts Indiana for a presentation and demonstration.

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Through the Center for Rural Engagement’s rural arts series, arts and humanities faculty are working with Huntingburg, Nashville, and Salem to bring arts performances and exhibitions to those communities, such as music, dance, and theatre; museum exhibits; lectures; creative writing; and strategic initiatives to assist local arts groups and municipalities with community development and capacity building.

Traditional Arts Indiana is dedicated to expanding public awareness of Indiana’s traditional practices and nurturing a sense of pride among Indiana’s traditional artists. TAI identifies, documents, and seeks to understand more fully the many ways in which cultural values are embedded in daily life. It calls attention to neglected aesthetic forms that firmly ground and deeply connect individuals to their communities–from the spoken text to the hand-made object to customary behavior. TAI’s overarching goal is to integrate and connect cultural heritage to educational activities, cultural conservation, arts, and community development at the local, state and national level.

The IU Center for Rural Engagement improves the lives of Hoosiers through collaborative initiatives that discover and deploy scalable and flexible solutions to common challenges facing rural communities. Working in full-spectrum community innovation through research, community-engaged teaching and student service, the center builds vision, harnesses assets and cultivates sustainable leadership structures within the communities with which it engages to ensure long-term success.