Dialogue Blog: Camp Favorites

by Katy Creagh, School Programs Developer, and Eric Todd, Gallery Programming Manager

041113_katy_ericKATY: Eric, I am so excited! My job has changed and I am now the Indiana State Museum Summer Camp Director. Now, I know you have a special place in your heart for Summer Camps, so I thought it might be fun to discuss our Top 5 favorite things about camp.

ERIC: If there are two things I love, they are camp and lists. So sure, I’ll play along. 

KATY: Great, I’ll go first.  At number five, I have recess. You get to spend time outside playing games and enjoying the summer weather. It has all the perks of recess when you were in elementary school.

ERIC: You may have just stolen one of mine, but that is fine. My fifth favorite thing about summer camp is the free camp t-shirt. Every time I get one, that’s one more day before I have to do laundry.

KATY: Are you sure it’s just one more day? For number four, I went with looking for fossils. That includes microfossils in Diggin’ Indiana and Exploring Nature Camps and then sifting dirt in Paleontology II. It’s something I’ve never experienced before coming to the museum, and it’s fun to think that I’m doing the same work that REAL scientists and paleontologists do.

ERIC: That is cool, I agree. My number four is making things. You might call them crafts, but it’s really more than that. By summer’s end my desk is always filled with awesome new decorations that also serve as reminders of the fun I had.

KATY: Perfect transition, my number three is also crafty—weaving. You get to try weaving in two different camps (Indiana Artists and History Alive!) and make my favorite, “mug rugs.”

ERIC: I would normally give you a hard time about “mug rugs,” but I do have one at my desk that I use daily. My number three choice is a repeat of one of yours, but you’ll notice I placed it a bit higher on my list. Recess, lunch break and snack time. I have so much fun in those moments! I loved recess as a kid, but now I really appreciate it. And, if my boss is reading this, Susan — what are your thoughts on instituting museum recess?

KATY: I’d vote “yes” for that one. Alright, now we’re getting down to the big ones. At number two on my list, I have all things crafting. See how high it is on my list compared to yours? From the end of the week presentations to making a mosaic in Diggin’ Indiana camp … I love all the projects and crafts we get to make.  

ERIC: I am shocked that is not your number one, frankly, especially with the new Indiana Fashion Runway Camp which I imagine will let you craft around the clock. My number two is behind-the-scenes tours. As you know, even as museum employees we don’t have access to everything in the museum, but during camp, we get to go places and see things that most visitors — and staff — never see.

KATY: Nice choice. But now the big one. My number one favorite thing about summer camp at the Indiana State Museum is … the campers! Spending time with old friends and making new ones — I get to play games and learn new things about Indiana and don’t have to sit at my desk all day … I get to hang out with cool people all day which is way better.

ERIC: Great minds think alike — my number one choice is also the people. I always meet the coolest people in summer camp. From wildlife experts (with their animals) to Abraham Lincoln himself, you never know who you’ll see stopping by an Indiana State Museum camp. Oh, and the campers and counselors are pretty cool, too!

Getting crafty in Corydon

by Laura Van Fossen, Program Developer at Corydon Capitol State Historic Site

In September, 75 lucky women will descend on the historic town of Corydon, Indiana, armed to the teeth with hot glue guns, beads, buttons, glitter and all the unique crafting accessories you can think of. They will be participants of the first annual Hot Glue Gun Girls event, a girlfriend getaway at Corydon Capitol State Historic Site on Sept. 16 and 17.

For these two days, women of all ages will participate in three different crafting workshops, sip cocktails at a Moroccan-themed party, have lunch with keynote speaker Debba Haupert of Girlfriendology.com and enjoy fellowship and shopping. Additionally, the historic Corydon downtown square will be transformed into a vendor fair on Friday and Saturday. Open to the public on Saturday, the fair will showcase the unique creations of vendors from near and far. Vendor applications are still being accepted if you are a purveyor of unique goods or supplies!

Download the registration information, holster up your hot glue gun and gather some of your closest girlfriends (or come prepared to make some new ones!). You won’t want to miss this fun girlfriend getaway and crafting weekend!

Gearing up for Indiana’s winter art event

This is my third year coordinating the museum’s annual Indiana Art Fair which takes place the third weekend of February. There have been some bumps in the road getting this show ready making sure that every detail is perfect. But, now with the event only a few weeks away, I am on the edge of my seat waiting for our upcoming weekend of art, craft and — new for 2010 — food and drink!

For the second year in a row, the Indiana State Museum is partnering with the Indiana Artisan Development for the Indiana Art Fair. This year, even more artists from the program are involved. Patrons of past Indiana Art Fairs are familiar with the diverse selection of art to see and buy such as paintings, ceramics, jewelry, wood and even furniture. But this year, we will have some Indiana Artisans who specialize in food, wine and specialty items like handmade soaps.

Our show’s diversity will not only be represented in all of the great products and unique art available for purchase, but also where our artists come from.  We are proud to offer artists who live and work in Indiana a chance to be recognized and we work hard to make sure our visitors know which part of the state these artists are from. This year, we are showcasing artists from 30 Indiana counties from all regions of the state. So instead of traveling all over the state looking for that one unique piece of Hoosier art, come to the Indiana Art Fair where we bring the art to you!

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