And we are so excited to share that Shifting Ground has been chosen to be funded by the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs. Check it out here.
Shifting Ground is a immigrant outreach project using art making and the creative process as a vehicle for learning about each other (past and present) and for finding a sense of place within a new culture, while also retaining pride in one’s heritage.
The Shifting Ground workshops focus on the shifting notions of home and identity that come with multiple relocations. The workshops aim to give visibility to recent immigrants to the Cedar Rapids area. Following two weeks of workshops with visiting Portuguese artists Paula and Antonio Pinto, two small groups of immigrant participants will celebrate the conclusion of their experience with an exhibition and multicultural celebration.
On Saturday July 27th, 1-4 pm, The Iowa Ceramic Center and Glass Studio (ICCGS) will have a public celebration of Shifting Ground, a two week story telling and art making workshop with recent Hispanic and Central/East African immigrants. An installation of artwork and projected video documentation will be accompanied by international food and music from St. Paul’s African Nationals Choir.
Additional funding is provided by the City of Cedar Rapids, and additional support will be provided by Mount Mercy University Janalyn Hanson-White Gallery and Cedar Rapids Bank and Trust.
Community Partners: St. Paul’s Methodist Church, Immaculate Conception Catholic Church Hispanic Ministries, Trees Forever, United We March Forward, Mount Mercy University, the Cherry Building, and Legion Arts.