Confluences: Museums, Ethnography, and Art in the Work of Bill Siegmann
Saturday, March 7; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This international symposium will explore the work of Bill Siegmann (1943-2011), a leading scholar on the arts of Liberia and Sierra Leone, who wrote extensively on those regions and on issues in museums and museum interpretation. The morning session will feature brief, prepared remarks addressing the depth and breadth of Bill's commitment to his work and to Liberia. Roundtable discussions will be held in the afternoon, exploring themes developed during the morning presentations. Presenters and participants include Chris Kreamer, Daniel Reed, Heinrich Schweizer, Jeanette Carter, MacArthur Pay-Bayee, Henrique Tokpa, Ruth Stone, Fatorma Bolay, Joseph Ngafua Bolay, Lester Monts, Patrick O'Meara, Svend Holsoe, and Mike Lee. The symposium will be facilitated by Ellen Sieber and Jason Jackson.

The event is free and open to the public, but pre-registration is requested. Please email for more information and to preregister for the symposium. The symposium is co-sponsored by the Siegmann Estate; the Mathers Museum of World Cultures; the Indiana University Liberian Collections/African Studies Collection, Indiana University Libraries; the Indiana University African Studies Program; and the Advanced Visualization Lab/UITS at Indiana University.

Family Day Lotus Blossoms World Bazaar
Saturday, March 28; 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
(at Binford Elementary School, 2300 E. 2nd St., Bloomington)
Join MMWC staff and volunteers for Family Day at the Lotus Blossoms World Bazaar! The free multicultural arts-and-education event for kids and families will feature hands-on activities and exploration of world cultures, and live performances.

Research at the Mathers Museum
Jewelry from the Birnbaum Collection and Tibetan Masks and Religious Objects
Friday, April 10; 4 to 5 p.m.

Rachel Tavaras, a senior in IU's Department of History, and Addie McKnight, a senior in IU's Department of Art History, will present their research and studies of artifacts at the Mathers Museum of World Cultures. Tavaras will discuss her work with jewelry from the Dee Birnbaum Collection of Textiles and Jewelry (featuring pieces from North Africa, Central Asia, and the Middle East), and McKnight will discuss her research on the museum's Tibetan collections. The event is free and open to the public.

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

Try your hand at crafts inspired by Amazonian cultures during this free, fun, family event.

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

MMWC Faculty Curator Jennifer Goodlander (Assistant Professor in Indiana University's Department of Theatre, Drama, and Contemporary Dance) will present and discuss a selection of Indonesian shadow puppets from the Mathers Museum's collection. Goodlander, a master of wayang kulit--Balinese shadow puppetry--was the instructor for T775/Museums and Performance during Fall Semester 2014, and students in the class curated Still/Moving: Puppets and Indonesia, an exhibit at the MMWC which examines puppets as a way to better understand the dynamic peoples and places of Indonesia--focusing on Javanese, Sundanese, and Balinese cultures.

Traditional Arts Indiana
Memory Paintings and Death Camps: Gustav Potthoff's Creative-Aging Practice
Wednesday, June 17; 4:30 p.m.

Gustav Potthoff paints to remember his fellow prisoners of war who built the Bridge over the River Kwai and the Hellfire Pass during World War II. Concerned that those 16,000 who died will be forgotten, the artist paints to tell people his story and to find peace among the horrors of his wartime memories by calling all who see his art to remember those who perished building the Thailand-Burma Railway. This program, presented in conjunction with the exhibit Tell People the Story: The Art of Gustav Potthoff, shares his incredible story, and explores this senior's life-review practice as a strategy for creative aging. The event, sponsored by Traditional Arts Indiana through support from the Indiana Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts, is free and open to the public.