Indiana Heritage Fellowship

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Since 1998, Traditional Arts Indiana has documented and presented the folk and traditional arts of our state. From limestone carving and rag rug weaving to old-time fiddling and ballet folklorico, we have worked to support the vital traditional arts of our state. Through the years I've noticed that the continuation of these important community-based traditions often depend on the mastery, mentorship and advocacy of key individuals, which is why Traditional Arts Indiana is initiating the Indiana Heritage Fellowship Award as a way to recognize the artistic excellence and the work that these master folk artists do in their communities. Modeled after the National Endowment for the Arts' National Heritage Fellowship, this program, based at Indiana University's Mathers Museum of World Cultures, hope to increase the number of artists in our state who recieve this national honor. This crowdfunding program hopes to do more than just raise funds for this new initiative. We hope to raise awareness for the folk and traditional arts of the state and the significant work traditional artists do in our communities. So please, give to support this important initiative and to let us know that you value the work that we do. Thank you. 

The Indiana Heritage Fellowship Award recognizes a traditional artist who has made outstanding contributions to their artistic tradition and to their community. The award honors an individual’s long-term achievement within an art form that is rooted in community life in Indiana. Recipients of this award will receive an honorarium of $1,000 and an art prize.

What are folk or traditional arts?
Our program is modeled after the National Endowment for the Arts Heritage Fellowships, and we use the NEA definition of folk and traditional arts for this program:

“The folk and traditional arts, which include crafts, dance, music, oral traditions, visual arts, and others, are those that are learned as part of the cultural life of a community whose members share a common ethnic heritage, cultural mores, language, religion, occupation, or geographic region. These traditions are shaped by the aesthetics and values of a shared culture and are passed from generation to generation, most often within family and community through observation, conversation, and practice.”

Nominations for this prestigious award must include work samples and letters of recommendation turned in by no later than December 9th to be considered for the following year’s award. This program is partially crowd funded! Please click the link below if you would like to help support Indiana’s traditional folk artists.

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Traditional Arts Indiana Announces Recipients of New Indiana Heritage Fellowship Awards Initiative

Indiana Heritage Fellowship awards recognize traditional artists who make outstanding contributions to their artistic tradition and to their community. This fellowship honors an individual’s lifetime achievement as an artist whose work rooted in community life in Indiana. Read more here>>