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Cultural Arts Pavilion: Day 1

Friday, July 18, 2014

Place: Indiana Convention Center - Wabash Corridor
Time: 12:00PM - 8:00PM

Cultural Arts Pavilion

Features: Who is a Hoosier? Exhibit; Shadow and Substance: African American Images from The Burns Archive; and the Leora Brown School

Time: 12:00pm - 8:00pm

Cost: Free with admission to exhibit hall

Location: Indiana Convention Center, Wabash Corridor

Partners: Indiana Historical Society, Indiana State Museum, Harrison Center for the Arts, Indiana African American Heritage Project

Sponsors: Indianapolis Museum of Art and Markey’s Rental and Staging

Cultural Arts Gallery:
Indiana Historical Society – Who is a Hoosier? Exhibit
“Who is a Hoosier?” - Many people ask “What is a Hoosier?” and Indiana natives take pride in their nickname. The makeup of Indiana’s communities has changed over time, molded by the contributions of a wide range of ethnic groups. Today people with many different backgrounds identify themselves as Hoosiers. The comings and goings of newcomers to this state, through immigration or migration, created the Indiana we know today and will continue to shape its future. Pioneer settlers, nineteenth-century immigrants, and modern arrivals alike experienced the universal struggle to build a life in a new place while balancing traditional values with loyalty to a new country. In this traveling exhibit, maps and info graphics highlight the statistical impact of changing ethnic groups, while photographs from various IHS collections and institutions all over the state bring to life the personal stories of immigration. .

Indiana State Museum Shadow and Substance: African American Images from The Burns Archive
The exhibit will feature photographs pertaining to the Civil War and African American Soldiers, from the exhibit Shadow and Substance: African American Images from The Burns Archive one of the largest private photography collections in the world. Dr. Stanley B. Burns, an ophthalmologist, collector and curator in New York City, amassed the collection. The images were culled from the traveling exhibition organized by the Indiana State Museum and curated by Dr. Modupe Labode, Assistant Professor of History and public scholar of African-American History and Museum Studies at Indiana University. These images do not tell a complete story of the past, but their eloquent shadows provide unique glimpses into the lives of African-Americans over the past 160 years. Some images may not be suitable for young children.

Harrison Center of the Arts Icon Paintings & Quincy Owens’ Collection
Cultural Icon paintings from Herron High School/Summer Academe students and art by Harrison Center Artist, Quincy Owens.

Indiana Museum of Contemporary Art (IMOCA) - Ian Weaver’s Collection
IMOCA presents Ian Weaver's work, which engages ideas of lost personal and community history, examines notions of alterity, power, and culture with the use of constructed history. It is informed by ethnography, anthropology, African-American and European history, and museology. The concept of a non-linear history, of a fractured narrative, is an important aspect of the work - it points to the fragmentation and death of existing information. Weaver’s work tells a story that occupies a certain time period, but travels backward and forward into and out of our time.

Indiana African American Heritage Project - Leora Brown School
Maxine F. Brown, Chair of Indiana African American Heritage Project, Leora Brown School, shares her rehabilitated historic one room school house, the Leora Brown School. The Leora Brown School, originally the Corydon Colored School of Corydon, was among those separate African American schools that emerged after Governor Baker’s education mandate, and the school graduated its first high school class in 1897. One 1923 graduate named Leora Brown benefitted greatly from her education at Corydon’s African American school, and she went on to complete a college degree at Blaker’s Teachers College of Indianapolis. Several decades after the Corydon Colored School’s closing, Brown’s descendants restored the school house, renamed it in her honor, and today it serves as a cultural education and community center to continually educate people about the contributions of the African-American community.

Indianapolis Museum of Art
The Indianapolis Museum of Art presents exhibitions that highlight art from around the world and throughout time. IMA highlights its permanent collection of African, American, Asian, European, Contemporary, and Design Art.

Indiana African American Genealogy Group
The Indiana African American Genealogy Group, established in 1999 and comprised of family researchers of all levels, is dedicated to one mission--enhancing the availability of resources for the study of African American genealogy.

Contact: Jennifer Darby
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