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Celebrate BRAZIL! Experience Brazilian Culture @ the Library

Brazil FlagThe entire community is invited to discover the diversity of Brazilian culture, languages and people during the "Celebrate BRAZIL!" programming initiative continuing through May at The Indianapolis Public Library. A variety of free programs will be presented to celebrate the Indianapolis Sister City relationship with Campinas, Brazil.

Events kick off with the "Celebrate BRAZIL Opening Reception and Exhibit" on Wednesday, April 9 beginning at 6 p.m. at Central Library, 40 E. St. Clair Street. Individuals of all ages are invited as Indy Library and other civic representatives will open a special exhibit that includes items relating to several Brazilian themes, including the upcoming World Cup, art, food, music, literature, Carnivale, sports/games/toys, costumes/clothing, and flags of Brazil. A 6 p.m. reception in the Riley Room will feature Brazilian music provided by Kyle Long of Cultural Cannibals along with samples of Brazilian food. At 7 p.m. in the Atrium, representatives will offer welcoming remarks followed by a performance of Brazilian Capoeira, a martial art that combines acrobatics and dance with music. In addition, there also will be performances by pianist Paulo Castro and dancer Raquel Ward.

Throughout the months of April and May, the Library will present a number of free programs at various locations highlighting Brazilian culture. These include:

Discovering Brazil Through Hip-Hop

Brazil was one of the first nations to embrace hip-hop during the music's emergence from the United States in the late 1970s. Brazilians added their own unique twist to the form, adapting the rhythms and language of hip-hop to fit regional cultural traditions. A brief survey of Brazilian hip-hop reveals important lessons of Brazilian society, from social issues to geography to the nation's rich musical history. Join Kyle Long of Cultural Cannibals as he explores the roots of Brazilian hip-hop and examine key figures in the scene.

Expressions of the City: Street Art Discussion

As part of the Library's "Celebrate Brazil" series, adults and teens are invited as local street artists share their stories and explain the importance of street art and graffiti writing are important to the Indy art scene. Panelists include renowned graffiti writer Samuel E. Vazquez, Artur Silva from Cultural Cannibals, BRIDGE Collective's Dan Thompson, and Dave and Holly Combs from the You Art Beautiful campaign. In addition, the documentary "Wrinkles of the City - La Havana" will be presented by the Heartland Film Festival. This documentary produced by street artist JR showcases the street art culture in Cuba. This program will be held in Central Library's Clowes Auditorium.

EARTH & ART: Exploring the Indiana – Brazil Connection

More than 20 years have passed since the Earth Summit of 1992, where leaders from around the world gathered in Rio de Janeiro for a first of its kind conversation about the state of the environment. Local artist Carol Tharp–Perrin will take us on a visual journey to discover our kinship with Brazil through the arts. Explore the arts and environmental concerns for the present and future preservation of earth as our home.

Muraquitã Amulets

Muraquitãs come in many shapes and varieties, but the most well-known is the frog-shaped amulet. These were carved by Tapajos women, a group native to the Amazon River in Brazil. Legends and folklore suggest they were given as gifts or worn as charms that would bring good luck. They became highly prized objects and are now mostly found in museum collections. In this workshop, students will learn about the Amazon, the indigenous people of Brazil, discuss good luck charms, and create their own frog-shaped muraquitãs amulet out of clay.

Contemporary Collage

Beatriz Milhazes is a contemporary Brazilian artist born in Rio De Janeiro in 1960. In her modernist screen prints and paintings she uses bold colors, geometric and organic shapes and repetition to express aspects of Brazilian culture that inspire here such as Carnival, the Rainforest and Bossa Nova music. In this activity, students will learn about color theory, Brazilian culture, and take inspiration from their own lives to create Beatriz Milhazes-inspired collages using colorful translucent vellum, patterned paper, doilies/lace, compasses and stencils.

Folk Art Prints

José Borges is one of Brazil's most beloved folk artists. He is both printmaker and poet. He creates his art by carving wood blocks which are inked and printed onto paper. His Xilogravura woodblock style has become one of Brazil's most loved folk arts and has spawned a tradition in Northeastern Brazil that now involves scores of artists. In this workshop students will create their own printing block and prints inspired by both legend and imagination.

Brazilian Dance

Families are invited to learn about the Samba and other traditional Brazilian dances at this interactive workshop.

Portuguese-English Bilingual Storytime

Families are invited for an interactive storytime in Portuguese and English featuring Brazilian crafts and games.

"Celebrate BRAZIL!" is presented in cooperation with the Campinas, Brazil Sister City Committee and the Office of International & Cultural Affairs - City of Indianapolis, and is sponsored by The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation.

For more information about upcoming free programming, call 275-4099.


Springtime Children's Programs @ the Library!

Throughout March and April, children and families are invited to The Indianapolis Public Library for a variety of fun and educational programs. Programs at various Library locations are intended to introduce young ones to the world of the arts.

This year's lineup of free programs includes:

Dr. Seuss Show

Families and children of all ages are invited for a free magical show that pays homage to the beloved Dr. Seuss and his children's books. Kids in the audience will receive a free copy of a Dr. Seuss book (while supplies last). Presented by FamilyTime Entertainment, this program is made possible by The Robert & Toni Bader Charitable Foundation and Friends of the Library through gifts to The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation.

Face Painting Workshop

Children ages 7 and up are invited to learn the basics of face painting in this hands-on workshop presented by Hugabug Family Entertainment. Registration is required. Each program is limited to 30 participants.

Drawing Manga 101

Children ages 8 and up are invited to learn the basics of Manga-style drawing and how to incorporate storytelling through the characters' facial expressions. This class will be led by instructors from Art With a Heart. Registration is required. Class sizes are limited to 25 participants per session.

Let's Make Music! Preschool Workshop

Preschoolers ages 3 - 6 and an adult are invited to foster their love of music and cultivate singing and rhythm skills during this program presented by the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra Learning Community. Through the use of song tales, finger plays, rhymes and simple songs, children will develop musical intelligence to last a lifetime. Registration is required. Space is limited.

Animal Tales - Presented by Animalia

Preschoolers ages 3 - 6 are invited to visit the Library for an animal-themed storytime and then stick around for a live animal encounter with a representative from Animalia. Registration is required. Space is limited.

Parent and Preschooler Yoga

Preschoolers ages 3 - 6 and an adult are invited to enjoy the health benefits that yoga can offer. They'll join certified yoga instructors from the Greater Indianapolis YMCA for a 45-minute parent and child yoga program. Registration is required. Space is limited.

Singin' Time With Miss Bobbie

Babies and preschoolers up to age six and an adult are invited to tune up their signing voices and put on their dancing shoes! They'll enjoy being a part of this fun musical program with folk singer Bobbie Lancaster.

Indianapolis Opera: "Inn of the Seven Dwarves"

Families and children ages 5 and up are invited for a special performance of "Inn of the Seven Dwarves," presented by member of the Indianapolis Opera. With a slight twist on a classic story, this children's opera explores the issues of acceptance in a bed and breakfast run by a cranky innkeeper.

To learn more about these and other programs for children at the Library, call 275-4099 or visit www.indypl.org.


Indy 500 Movie Nights at Irvington

Individuals of all ages are invited to satisfy their need for speed in May during the "Indy 500 Movie Nights" series at the Irvington Branch, 5625 E. Washington Street.

This series features historic Indianapolis 500 highlight films, some not shown in years. See the great cars and drivers in these films, typically 25-30 minutes in length, that present a time capsule of the month of May at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

This year’s lineup of films includes:

Andy Granatelli Tribute Night
Monday, May 5 at 7 p.m.

  • "The Quite Revolution" (1967)
  • "Racing Revolution" (1968)
  • "The Challenge of Champions" (1969)
  • "One Heartbeat Away" (1973)

Decades Night
Tuesday, May 13 at 7 p.m.

  • "The Test Supreme" (1934)
  • "The Fantastic 500" (1954)
  • "Strategy for Speed" (1964)
  • "Twenty-One Days in May" (1974)

The Library extends its appreciation to www.firstturn.net and www.raresportsfilms.com for their support and efforts in locating and preserving vintage racing films.

Call 275-4450 for more information about this free Library program.


Bilingual Musician, Author and Educator José-Luis Orozco

jose luis orozcoParents, educators and families are invited to two special presentations by children's author, educator and recording artist José-Luis Orozco in May at Central Library, 40 E. St. Clair Street.

Orozco is the author of three award-winning children's books, De Colores and Other Latin American Folk Songs for Children; Diez Deditos - Ten Little Fingers; and Fiestas. He has recorded 13 volumes of "Lirica Infantil, Latin American Children's Music," songs that has been taught by two generations of teachers. As a presenter at educational conferencwes and seminars for teachers, parents, librarians and childcare providers, Orozco promotes the use of music as an important learning tool in multicultural classrooms.

On Friday, May 16 at 11 a.m., parents and educators are invited as Orozco demonstrates how multi-cultural music can be used to develop and nurture language and literacy skills, as well as promote cultural diversity and positive self-esteem. Orozco will model how to use music, rhythm, games and songs to enhance early childhood learning skills. This highly interactive workshop brings the rich heritage of the Spanish-speaking world to children, parents and educators. Though this program is focused on educators, families with children of all ages are welcome.

On Saturday, May 17 at 2 p.m., families and children of all ages are invited for an energetic and interactive journey through Latin American culture, history and oral traditions as Orozco will play his acoustic guitar while singing traditional Latin American children's songs and original compositions. His music combines rhymes, movements and rhythm with information. Elementary subjects, such as the alphabet, vowels, numbers, colors and body parts are taught through the songs. Children and families are invited to join in singing, dancing and acting out songs through the entire show.

These free programs will be held in Central Library's Clowes Auditorium.

Call 275-4099 for more information.


The Fatherhood Forums

Adults are invited as a panel of experts from the Indiana Healthy Marriage and Family Coalition Inc.'s network of partnerships gathers to help enlighten, inform and empower families to tackle the challenges of responsible fatherhood and manhood during the series entitled "The Fatherhood Forums" throughout the year various Indianapolis Public Library locations. The lineup of programs in this series includes:

Tuesday, June 10 from 6 - 8 p.m.
East Thirty-Eighth Street Branch, 5420 E. 38th Street
Register by calling 275-4350

Breaking the Cycle of Incarceration
Tuesday, August 12 from 6 - 8 p.m.
East Thirty-Eighth Street Branch, 5420 E. 38th Street
Register by calling 275-4350

Family Law
Tuesday, October 14 from 6 - 8 p.m.
Spades Park Branch, 1801 Nowland Avenue
Register by calling 275-4520

Family Law
Tuesday, December 9 from 6 - 8 p.m.
Decatur Branch, 5301 Kentucky Avenue
Register by calling 275-4330

This free series is sponsored by the Indiana Healthy Marriage and Family Coalition Inc. and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.