Show of Hands: Art in Education

May 2, 2019
Nordic carving knives

Show of Hands: Art in Education

Free and Open to the Public 

May 2-4, 2019
Monona Terrace Convention Center
1 John Nolen Drive

From May 2–4, 2019, the Sustaining Scandinavian Folk Arts in the Upper Midwest project will be bringing Nordic and Nordic-American folk artists, scholars, and community members together for a symposium on Nordic traditional arts. Following last year’s successful World Record Symposium, which focused on Nordic and Nordic-American music in the Upper Midwest, the 2019 event will focus on material folk arts in the region. The symposium will include artist demonstrations of fiber arts, woodcarving, rosemaling, and more, as well as artist presentation panels covering topics such as apprenticeships, sustaining traditions, and folks arts in education.

Presenters include Valorie Arrowsmith (weaving), Rose Arrowsmith DeCoux (storytelling), Tara Austin (rosemaling), Else Bigton(woodcarving), Torben Jarlstrøm Clausen (paper cutting), Kathryn Hartman (knitting), Andrea Herkert (rosemaling), Allen Holzhueter (knitting and spinning), Annikki Marttila (weaving), Phillip Odden (woodcarving), Pekka Olsen (woodcarving), Fredrik Prost (Sámi drum making), and Auður Björt Skúladóttir (knitting).

All events are free and open to the public and there is no registration necessary. Bring your friends and family and learn more about the amazing Nordic and Nordic-American folk arts being practiced in the region. The full schedule is now available online. This symposium is happening concurrently with the Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Study (SASS) Annual Conference.

Mills Music Library is proud to co-sponsor this symposium with Wisconsin Teachers of Local Culture, the Department of German, Nordic, and Slavic, the Center for the Study of Upper Midwestern Cultures, and the Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Study. Sustaining Scandinavian Folk Arts in the Upper Midwest also thanks their partners at the Wisconsin Arts Board, the Minnesota State Arts Board, Livsreise – Norwegian Heritage Center, the Museum of Danish America, North House Folk School, Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum and Heritage Center, and the Wisconsin Historical Society.