In honor of the 2014 World Cup, which will be held this summer in Brazil, the Indianapolis Public Library opted to highlight the many aspects of Brazilian culture that are evident in the Circle City.
At a special kickoff event for the Celebra Brasil event, three different performances highlighted the range of Brazilian art forms under cultivation in Indiana.
North Star Capoeira, under the direction of Maestro Iuri Santos, opened the proceedings:
Pianist Paulo Castro offered a musical interlude ...
Dancer Rachel Ward, a Brazilian cultural ambassador with the Indianapolis Sister Cities program, finished the program with her partner Chad Wright, who she said, "as far as I know, the first Hoosier to dance Forro," a style of Latin dance native to Brazil. This clips includes and introduction to Forro as well as some notes on language unique to some the country's indigenous areas, but stay tuned for some amazing lifts ...
The library's Celebra Brasil offerings continue through May, including these selections featured in the program guide:
Discovering Brazil Through Hip Hop
Embark on a brief survey of Brazilian hip-hop as it reveals important lessons of Brazilian society, from social issues and geography to the nation's rich musical history and regional cultural traditions. Join Kyle Long of Cultural Cannibals as he explores the roots of Brazilian hip-hop and key figures in the scene.
April 19, 2 pm, Lawrence Branch
Apr 22, 3:30 pm, Pike Branch
Apr 26, 2 pm, Fountain Square Branch
May 3, 2pm, Central Library
Earth & Art: Exploring the Indiana-Brazil Connection
Renowned local artist Carol Tharp-Perrin, commissioned to design and paint a mural in preparation for the Earth Summit of 1992, will lead participants on a journey to discover our kinship with Brazil through the arts. More than 20 years have passed since the Earth Summit, when world leaders gathered in Rio de Janeiro for a first-of-its-kind conversation about the state of the environment. This program will explore the arts and environmental concerns for the present and future preservation of the earth as our home.
May 2, 4 pm, Fountain Square Branch
Apr 29, 6:30 pm, Irvington Branch
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.
Apr 21, 6 pm, Brightwood Branch
Apr 22, 6 pm, Wayne Branch
Apr 26, 11:30 am, Southport Branch
Apr 30, 4 pm, Franklin Road Branch
May 3, 2pm, Warren Branch
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.
Apr 19, 2 pm, Central Library
Apr 22, 5:30 pm, Haughville Branch
May 4, 2 pm, Glendale Branch
May 10, 2 pm, Franklin Road Branch
May 17, 11 am, Irvington Branch
May 17, 2 pm, Lawrence Branch
May 31, 3:30 pm, Southport Branch
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 stuents five and up (kids need an adult partner) will create their own printing block and prints inspired by both legend and imagination.
May 3, 11:30 am, Southport Branch
May 16, 4 pm, Fountain Square Branch
Families are invited to learn about the Samba and other traditional Brazilian dances at this interactive workshop.
April 19, 2 pm, Eagle Branch
May 1, 5 pm, Spades Park Branch
May 3, 2 pm, Pike Branch
May 4, 2 pm, Central Library
May 31, 2 pm, Nora Branch
Portuguese-English Bilingual Storytimes
As part of the Library's "Celebrate Brazil" series, families are invited for an interactive bilingual storytime in Portuguese and English featuring Brazilian crafts and games. Registration is required by calling the local branch.
April 19, 2 pm, Nora Branch
Apr 26, 2014 11:00am, Central Library
May 3, 2014 12:00pm, Glendale Branch