Hoosier Community Celebration Stories

Now over 40 years old, Bloomington Indiana's 4th Street Festival of the Arts & Crafts 4thstreet.org/ is an annual juried art showcase that takes place Labor Day weekend. Organized by local artists and featuring 120 local, regional and national artists and craftspeople, the Fourth Street Festival strives to create an atmosphere of appreciation for art as well as an opportunity for artists to showcase their work by presenting a high quality event. The 4th Street Festival also has performances by local musicians, written word activities and booths for community arts organizations. It's a great start of the school-year activity that students returning to Indiana University share with their families. The Artfair Sourcebook, 2013, ranked The 4th Street Festival in the top 50 shows in the United States.

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Hoosier Community Celebration Stories

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I'm producing a series of programs called "Hoosier Community Celebration Stories" documenting community celebrations and festivals in Indiana. These programs record the institutional history of these community events, paying homage to the persons who…


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I'm producing a series of programs called "Hoosier Community Celebration Stories" documenting community celebrations and festivals in Indiana. These programs record the institutional history of these community events, paying homage to the persons who helped build and sustain them while capturing the flavor, character and energy of a community coming together for a common purpose.

By building this digital video library I hope to preserve the traditions that enrich the cultural lives of the citizens of Indiana. The project will recognize the human consequences of local historical events that help mold community pride. These consequences are often vividly displayed during festivals and other local community events that define the unique and rewarding experience of living in a Hoosier community. Documenting these events calls attention to rich cultural elements that are often taken for granted and what emerges is a more viable community proud of its history yet ready to move forward.

Profiling individuals important to maintaining this cultural pride (particularly senior citizens) is the cornerstone of this project. By using oral history interviews this project will bring an emotional connection to the history of communities by giving voice to the common folk. The living memory of older people helps fill in the historical gaps. It tells us things about our past not included in books and historical documents and gives us a genuine living history that is immediate, tangible and relevant.

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