Research at the Mathers--Birnbaum Textiles
Friday, February 6; 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Family Craft Day--Milagros, Khamsa, and more
Sunday, February 8; 2 to 3:30 p.m.

Come and make milagros, khamsa, prayer flags, and other objects of prayer or protection.

MMWC Lecture--"How To Read Catholic Folk Art"
Tuesday, February 17; 4:30 p.m.

Complementing his exhibition, "Graces Received: Painted and Metal Ex-Votos From Italy," on display at the Mathers Museum, Leonard Primiano (Professor and Chair of the Department of Religious Studies Department at Cabrini College, Radnor, PA, as well as the Co-Director of the Honors Program) will discuss what exactly can be considered religious folk art, its unique expression within Roman Catholic culture, and what it means to acquire and live with such historical objects in the twenty-first century. L. A scholar of religion as well as a folklorist, he specializes in the study of the practice of religion in everyday life, what he calls "vernacular religion," as well as the expression of religion in popular culture and the media. He has published on a variety of subjects from the Peace Mission Movement of Father Divine to the meaning of religious kitsch to the HBO vampire drama, True Blood.

Lotus Blossoms--Kuniko Yamamoto: Japanese dramatic storytelling and music
Thursday, February 19; 7 to 7:45 p.m.

Kuniko Yamamoto enchants audiences of every age with dramatic storytelling that includes myths and fables from ancient and modern Japan. Kuniko uses traditional Japanese music, handcrafted masks, and stylized movement to create a beautiful balance of illusion and reality. She is also skilled in origami, using folded paper animals and faces to bring folk tales alive for young children. Every program encourages audience interaction and participation, with each narrative carefully selected for cultural and moral perspectives. Trained in dance and traditional arts in her native Osaka, Japan, Kuniko has lived in Florida since 1992. The specia lfree Lotus Blossoms program is presented by the Lotus Education and Arts Foundation, and sponsored by IU's Ethnomusicology Students Association and the Mathers Museum of World Cultures.

Instruments of Culture--Instruments of Prayer: Musical Instruments in the Expressive Culture of the Native American Church
Friday, February 27; 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Meet the Collections--Quilts
Saturday, February 28; 2 to 3 p.m.

Researcher Janice Frisch will explore some of the quilts in the MMWC Collection.

Lotus Blossoms World Bazaar
Saturday, March 28
(at Binford Elementary School, 2300 E. 2nd St., Bloomington)

Research at the Mathers Museum--Jewelry and Masks
Friday, April 10; 4 to 5 p.m.

Family Craft Day--Inspired by the Amazon
Sunday, April 12; 2 to 3:30 p.m.

Meet the Collections--Indonesian Shadow Puppets
Wednesday, April 29; 4 to 5 p.m.