Central Library's Celebra Brasil kicks off


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

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.

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

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.

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

Brazilian Dance

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


Kyle Long pens A Cultural Manifesto for NUVO Newsweekly and in 2014 began broadcasting a version of his column on WFYI.