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Totem Poles 101

Totem poles are monumental carvings found in western Canada and the northwestern United States. Perhaps you have seen small souvenir totem poles in gift shops. Originally, small totem poles began being made in the late 1800s; however, totem pole carving dwindled when Canada banned potlatch ceremonies, also known as a gift-giving ceremony. In 1951, this ban was dropped and there was a surge in totem pole production.

The Fusion of Art and Story – How Ekphrastic Exercises Teach Art Appreciation

Written by: Guest contributor Tori Smith, a sophomore at Ball State University studying journalism As a child, Lorette Luzajic recalls asking her mother to stay at the library for the day instead of attending a birthday party. She sat in the library, fascinated by all the works of literature around her, especially biographies. She learned …

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Casey Jones’s Last Ride

Written by: Jerret Barker Collections and Education Intern Some events transcend their time and place. Stories about these events are told, and then retold, throughout the generations leading to the creation of legend. American folklore is littered with such stories: John Henry defeating the steam drill in a race between man and machine and Billy …

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Family Workshop: Forms and Figures

Written by: Kaitlyn Yeager - Visitor Assistant In February the curator of education at David Owsley Museum of Art, Maureen Nicholson, held a family workshop for children and parents to learn about Larry Day’s early abstract art in the exhibition titled Body Language. Larry Day (1921 – 1998) was an American artist residing in Pennsylvania …

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