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January 7, 2014

Museum presents diverse offerings

Three consecutive weekend festivals, centered on culture, art and science, will take place at the Indiana State Museum in February. Sankofa: Black Heritage Festival, Indiana Art Fair and GeoFest are museum-produced events centered on worldwide experiences, reports Bruce Williams, media and public relations director.

“We are excited to offer three fun-filled festivals in the middle of winter to families feeling cabin fever,” said Carrie Miller, ISM program manager.

Sankofa, which will celebrate Hoosier African-American history and culture, is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 8, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. and will feature choral music, contemporary and African dance, educational films, storytelling and art activities. One of the more popular attractions 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, which will showcase emerging and well-known Hoosier artisans, kicks off with an evening of art, food and drink Friday, Feb. 14, from 5:30-8 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 is $120 per couple. Friday night attendees may redeem their tickets for free entry on Saturday. From 10 a.m.-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 Feb. 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 and home school group reservations are required to receive the $1 per student admission fee.

Persons can learn more about these festivals by visiting To order tickets or register for dinner, please call 317-232-1637. Persons interested in being a Geofest vendor can contact Peggy Fisherkeller at 317-232-7172 or

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