Shifting Ground

A Multicultural Celebration of Immigration stories told in Clay

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 this exhibition and multicultural celebration.

Organized by ICCGS and international artist collective CREATURA, with funding from the City of Cedar Rapids and an Iowa Arts Council Project Grant. 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.  

Funding for Shifting Ground is provided by the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, the City of Cedar Rapids, Cedar Rapids Bank and Trust, Mount Mercy University’s Janalyn Hanson-White Gallery, the City of Evòra and the University of Evòra, Portugal. The CHAIA foundation in Lisbon, Portugal will provide funding for the Portugal portion of the project in 2020.

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.

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.

Corky Solutions

July 24th (Wednesday) 5:00 – 6:30pm,

Artist’s Talk: Corky Solutions: Re-purposing Culture to Create Sustainability at the Cedar Rapids Downtown Library/Whipple Auditorium. Sponsored by Trees Forever.

Join us for an evening of cultural discovery by visiting Portuguese artists Paula Reaes Pinto and Antonio Gorgel Pinto. From designing new products from cork to urban furniture from wood palettes, the Pintos fearlessly re-imagine an art in the public interest. Embedding themselves in vulnerable communities, they work with locals to create a balance of cultural, environmental and economic systems. There will be a reception on the roof of the Downtown CR Library at 5:00 before their talk at 5:30.

Shifting Ground: the Exhibition/Celebration

July 27, (Saturday) 1-4pm,

Public exhibition opening and celebration NewBo Cherry Center Place with live music featuring St. Paul’s Methodist African National Choir, food, with an awards ceremony for all participants.         

Hispanic Youth One-week Summer Workshop

As a selected area Hispanic or Central/East African immigrant, you have been invited to participate in a one-week workshop where we will use elements of storytelling based on personal histories and communicated working with clay. Participants will be honored at the completion of their workshop during a public exhibition/opening and multicultural celebration at The Cherry Center Place in NewBo, Saturday July 27th, 1- 4pm.

WHEN: July 15 – 18 (Monday – Thursday) 4-6 pm (snacks provided)

WHERE: Iowa Ceramic Center and Glass Studio, The Cherry Building, 329 10th Ave SE Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52401

This is a free one week story telling and clay workshop for Hispanic Youth ages 14-18. Work with international artists Antonio and Paula Pinto to share your story and create with clay. Create a visual sound track for your life! Improve language skills, make friends.
This class is free and limited to 12 registrants.

Central/East African Immigrant      One-week Summer Workshop

As a selected area Hispanic or Central/East African immigrant, you have been invited to participate in a one-week workshop where we will use elements of storytelling based on personal histories and communicated working with clay. Participants will be honored at the completion of their workshop during a public exhibition/opening and multicultural celebration at The Cherry Center Place in NewBo, Saturday July 27th, 1- 4pm.

WHEN: July 22-26th (Monday – Friday) 10 am to 12:00 noon (food provided)

WHERE: St Paul’s Methodist Church   1340 3rd Ave SE Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52403  

This is a free one week story telling and clay workshop for Adult Central/East African Immigrants. Work with international artists Antonio and Paula Pinto to share your story and create with clay. Create a visual sound track for your life! Improve language skills, make friends.

This class is free and limited to 12 registrants.

Additional information:

Shifting Ground: A socially engaged, immigrant outreach project about the creative process and cultural sustainability.

Shifting Ground is a collaboration of ICCGS and CREATURA that includes Mount Mercy University Emeritus Professor Jane Gilmor, and social practice artists Paula and Antonio Pinto of Lisbon, Portugal. With funding from the City of Cedar Rapids, the first phase of the project is in Cedar Rapids, Iowa working with Hispanic and Central/East African immigrants. The second phase of Shifting Ground will take place in the summer of 2020 in Evòra, Portugal, where there are also significant numbers of African continent immigrants.

GOALS

  • To give visibility to immigrant populations through interdisciplinary workshops based on personal histories

  • To empower recent immigrants, who may be marginalized in our community, by giving them a voice through dialog, art making, and exhibition

  • To encourage all participating organizations, educational institutions and businesses to find strategies for immigrant inclusion in our community.

  • To contribute to the definition or reconfiguration of identities (of individuals, groups or communities) in a changing world, while valuing the dynamic concept of cultural heritage.

  • To promote the notions of social, environmental and cultural sustainability

For Further information about this project please contact: Jane Gilmor, janegilmor@yahoo.com or call 319-651-3973