Get folksy!
Get folksy!
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Get folksy

It’s averaging 80 degrees outside, so what to do? Start dreaming about the fall, of course! The cool, crisp season ahead will be an ideal time to learn a new art or craft. Until then, you can discover folk art treasures at several museums online.
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Get quirky 

Settle in and enjoy creative and quirky folk art including Jose Belandria's Acrobatic Toys

When you browse the collections of the American Folk Art Museum you can select among the categories of decorative, fraternal objects, paper, textiles, three-dimensional works, and more. Don’t miss the Man Wearing Bowler Hat whirligig/weathervane, International Order of Oddfellows sign, and a Family Mourning Piece.

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Get playful

At the Museum of International Folk Art you can tour the virtual exhibit of Alexander Girard: A Designer's Universe  as well as varied online experiences. Textile designer Girard’s “playful designs attest to a passion for colors, ornamentation, and inspirations from folk art.” He donated more than 100,000 objects from his and wife Susan’s folk art collection to this museum.

Want to explore more? The Travel Channel highlighted six exceptional folk art collections. If you’re not yet familiar with the Shelburne Museum in Vermont, The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum in Colonial Williamsburg, or The High Museum of Art in Atlanta, spend some Pandemic time enjoying their quilts, mythical animal carvings, and chewing gum sculptures.

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Get inspired 

In art school, Phil Hansen developed an unruly tremor in his hand that kept him from creating the art he loved. Devastated, he felt himself floating without a sense of purpose until a neurologist made a simple suggestion: embrace this limitation, then transcend it. Take 10 minutes and watch this inspiring TED talk.

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Presenting CraftSummer 2020 Online Live
Virtual Studio Workshops have been created to provide much of the same experience of in-person workshops...small class sizes, live, interactive demonstrations, and individual instructor attention. Classes are designed for at-home or small studio set up, and minimal equipment. Unique techniques by exceptional instructors. These CraftSummer workshops are perfect for engaging remote projects or rewarding growth opportunities for leisure and professional artists.
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Steve Goettsch's heirloom baskets

Folk art represents unique cultures from diverse communities and regions. The field of American folk art can provide perspectives of identity, faith, work, conflict, community, and individuality. Locally, ILR member and basket artist Steve Goettsch will share the tradition of Nantucket Baskets in a special two-session course in Fall 2020. Students will learn about Nantucket basket history, traditional construction, and evaluation. During the second class, contemporary designs, exotic woods, and new materials will be featured. Learn more about Steve.
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Get listening

Miami Alumnus and ILR lecturer Tim Love introduces you to his Discovering Truth Podcast Series. In 30-40 minute interviews, this series examines the difficulty of determining truth in a Twitter world of heightened social media information and data, fake news, foreign propaganda, hacks, and lies. Top communications professionals discuss the influences of new communication technologies and provide useful suggestions to better determine the truth. 
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Get ready

Alumni Weekend 2020 starts tonight! From trivia to wine tasting, music to those tasty Toasted Rolls, we’re bringing the spirit of Love and Honor directly to you. Connect with fellow Miamians through our virtual programming and enjoy some of our Alumni Weekend highlights from the comfort of your own home.
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Mark your calendar and plan to join us this fall, October 5 through November 6!

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