DEEP ROOTS: CULTIVATING YOUR COMMUNITY’S TRADITIONAL ARTS
DAY 1 | 4:10 – 5:10 p.m. | CANAL Level, DAY CLASSROOMS
Gain insights into the culturally diverse traditions being carried out by artists throughout the state, including in our most rural areas. Learn how to authentically engage those traditional artists already at work in your community and celebrate their rich cultural traditions through education, community events and placemaking. Also learn about resources available to support traditional arts development in your community.
Traditional Arts Indiana
Jon directs Traditional Arts Indiana at Indiana University, where he also serves as a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology. He is the author of Folk Art and Aging: Life-Story Objects and Their Makers and the edited volume The Expressive Lives of Elders: Folklore, Art, and Aging. Jon also creates exhibitions, public programs, and documentaries about the traditional arts in Indiana.
Meztli-Cultural presents Anderson Folklórico
Amber has been committed to teaching Mexican and Mexican American folk arts, music, and dance traditions for over 30 years. Her family founded Meztli Cultural, an entity that promotes art, music, and dance through performances and workshops. Since 2014, Amber has served as the Artistic Director of the Folklorico dance troupe, Meztli-Cultural presents Anderson Folklórico. Additionally, she is a Dance Captain and Assistant Instructor for Ballet Folklorico Mosaicos, an Indianapolis-based youth dance program. Amber is a recipient of the 2020 Traditional Arts Indiana Apprenticeship award. Through this program, she will teach an apprentice the cultural knowledge and the skills needed to perform Zapateado, a traditional Mexican folk dance form kept alive in many regions in the United States that incorporates percussive footwork and a blend of both improvised and choreographed steps.
Becky is a retired Director of Guidance for North Lawrence Schools in Bedford, Indiana. Growing up on a farm near Tell City, Becky began singing country and gospel music with her father when she was two-years-old. She and her ninety-year-old dad currently have a Gibson Family old time string band that plays at fundraisers, farmers' markets and local restaurants. She also plays frequently at Spring Mill State Park, locally for farm-to-table Dinners, at the Patoka Winery, and at the Limestone Cafe in Bedford. She has been a regular performer for the Hometown Radio Show in Paoli and on WBRO radio station in Crawford County. Becky plays guitar, harmonica, banjo, dulcimer and sings. Through her music jams Becky has made countless friends, and hopes to continue to do so for many years.
A member of the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma and resident of Fort Wayne, Dani learned about traditional plant usage from her family and elder community members. Dani makes sweetgrass baskets and uses plants not only food and medicine, but as a vehicle for Myaamia cultural preservation and telling stories. For more than 30 years, Dani has served as an artist-in-residence and taught programs for a variety of herb and gardening groups, Native American centers and organizations, as well as national and state parks. In 2019, Dani received the Traditional Arts Indiana Apprenticeship award in order to pass on her ancestral cultural knowledge to her daughter.