Traditional Arts Indiana County Surveys
One of the ways Traditional Arts Indiana connects with its constituents around the state is by conducting survey fieldwork. The survey approach places an individual TAI researcher in a designated Indiana county to work with residents over the course of several weeks. During this time, the researcher seeks to learn about and document a wide swath of cultural practices active in the area. Potential topics of survey fieldwork include music, food, art, recreation, and other practices through which people express themselves.
County Surveys 2008-2013
Survey researchers meet area residents on a daily basis, “ask around” with them about local activities, and follow up on various contact ideas in order to organize fieldwork visits. On these visits, the researcher works with survey participants to represent a specific cultural practice through interviewing, photography, and other media documentation. Completed surveys are available to the public through Indiana University and at a local repository within the survey county, as well as on this website. The creation of this resource helps TAI establish communication with area residents, and generates opportunities for the inclusion of the county in future TAI publications and programming.
I-69 Heritage Corridor County Surveys 2005-2006
The I-69 Heritage Corridor was a partnership between TAI and the seven Convention and Visitor Bureaus that line I-69, one of Indiana's major north-south interstates. In Phase I of the project (2005-2006), TAI identified, interviewed, and photographed more than 100 traditional artists in Hamilton, Madison, DeKalb, Huntington, Grant, Delaware, and Allen counties. Funded partly by a Quality of Place grant, this material will be useful in developing folklife and heritage-related activities for tourists. See also http://www.folktraditions.com