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Festivals connect Hoosiers to culture, art and science

Festivals connect Hoosiers to culture, art and science

Indiana State Museum brings the world to Indiana through diverse Midwinter offerings

January 07, 2014 | 09:09 AM

Three consecutive weekend festivals, centered on culture, art and science will take place at the Indiana State Museum this coming February. Sankofa: Black Heritage Festival, Indiana Art Fair and GeoFest are museum-produced events centered on worldwide experiences.

"We are excited to offer three fun-filled festivals in the middle of winter to families feeling cabin fever," said Indiana State Museum Program Manager Carrie Miller. "Sankofa celebrates Hoosier African-American history and culture. Indiana Art Fair showcases emerging and well-know Hoosier artisans and GeoFest attracts lovers of fossils, gems and minerals."

Sankofa is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 8 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will feature choral music, contemporary and African dance, educational films, storytelling, art activities and more. One of the more popular attractions to the festival is the annual Community Organizations Fair, which features more than 20 businesses and organizations. Sankofa includes admission to the O'Bannon Great Hall. Museum galleries require ticket purchase.

Indiana Art Fair kicks off with an evening of art, food and drink on Friday, Feb. 14 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Valentine's Day guests will enjoy live music, a cash bar and hors d'oeuvres as they preview artwork by more than 60 Hoosier artists representing 21 counties. Admission is $20 for members and $25 for nonmembers. Guests may also make dinner reservations in the L.S. Ayres Tea Room. The cost of the dinner is $120 per couple. Friday night attendees may redeem their tickets for free entry on Saturday. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. artists will return to the fair selling fine, functional and funky art.

The museum's annual fossil, gem and mineral show GeoFest will take place February 21, 22 and 23. Experts and vendors from throughout the country will showcase fossils, gems and minerals as attendees enjoy hands-on geology activities and win geo-prizes. Attendees will explore the museum's natural history galleries and shop for their own unique geo-treasures. GeoFest is included with museum admission. Group rates are available. School group and home school group reservations are required to receive the $1/student admission fee.

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