A blog sponsored by the Michigan State University Museum's Michigan Traditional Arts Program, a partnership with the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs. Sharing news and information about the Great Lakes Folk Festival, Quilt Index, the MSU Museum's traditional arts activities, Great Lakes traditional artists and arts resources, and much more. Development of content for this blog supported by funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

New Video With Odawa Quillworker Yvonne Walker Keshick


Yvonne Walker Keshick demonstrating quill work at the 2015 GLFF

 A new video has been added to the MTAP YouTube channel that features nationally recognized quillworker Yvonne Walker Keshick.  Watch the video to hear Yvonne speak about how she learned quill work.


Yvonne is speaking this Friday at the 50th anniversary event of the National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowments for the Humanities.  The event commemorates the NEA and NEH and the cultural work made possible through their grant programs.  The event is open to the public and free.  It is Friday, October 23, at the Wharton Center for Performing Arts.  Tickets can be reserved online here.  
Friday, October 23 at 7pm, Wharton Center
Yvonne received a Michigan Heritage Award in 1992 and in 2014 became a NEA National Heritage Fellow for her mastery of quillwork and for teaching future generations the art. She has taught through the Michigan Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program and has been featured at the Great Lakes Folk Festival. 
Yvonne and her family demonstrate quill work at the 2015 GLFF
The Michigan Traditional Arts Program seeks artists and community advocates like Yvonne to participate in our Apprenticeship and Heritage Awards programs. The Michigan Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program awards a master and their apprentice a $2000 stipend to support one-on-one learning experiences that take place February through August. The Michigan Heritage Awards celebrates tradition bearers and supporters of traditional culture who have made significant contributions to our state's heritage. The deadline to apply for both programs is December 1st.