Shifting Ground: The Exhibit/Celebration

  • Details

  • 7/27/19
  • 1 - 4 p.m.
  • Free
  • All Ages
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  • Museum/Exhibit
  • Community

Event Description


A Multicultural Celebration of Immigrant Stories Told with Clay

Event Date: Saturday July 27th, 1- 4 pm

Featuring St. Paul's Methodist African Nationals Choir

Location: Cherry Center Place in The Cherry Building (next to NewBo Market)

320 11th Ave SE, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 319-365-9644

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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 storytelling 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.

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 an 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 this exhibition and multicultural celebration.

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 PartnersSt. 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.

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.


 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