Shifting Ground

The Iowa Ceramic Center and Glass Studio (ICCGS) and international artist collective CREATURA have received funding from the City of Cedar Rapids and the city of Evora, Portugal for a social outreach project with recent immigrants to the Cedar Rapids area. Shifting Ground will use 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.

As a selected area Hispanic or 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.

July 15-18, (M-Th) 4-6 pm, Hispanic Youth workshop at The Iowa Ceramics Center, Hispanic youth ages 14-18. (snacks Provided)

July 22-26 (M-F) 10am – noon. (food provided) East African immigrant adult workshop (ages 17 and up) at St. Paul’s Methodist Church, transportation can be arranged through St. Paul’s.

July 27, (Saturday) 11-4pm, public exhibition opening and celebration NewBo Cherry Center Place with live music, food, with an awards ceremony for all participants.


Hispanic Youth One-week Summer Workshop

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.


East African Immigrant One-week Summer Workshop

Una kalibishwa kuhudhuria hayo masomoWiki moja ya hadithi na masomu ya udongo (One week workshop) African National adults 18+ July 22-26 at St. Paul’s Methodist Church • Masaha mawili kwa siku saa10:00 - 12:00 mchana • Chakula kitakuwepo (Food provided) • Hamna malipo (Free) • Usafiri utakuwepo (Transportation provided)Kuongea hali ya kimaisha yakoKuinua lugha na kuunda urafiki (Improved language skills) Ungana nasi Saturday July 27 kwenye maonyesho ya kilamtu na kusherehekeya Register on-line www.iowaceramicscenter.org(enrollment limited to 12)

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 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.


Further information about Shifting Grounds Workshops:

Participation in these workshops is limited to 12, all tuition has been paid in full by a grant from the City of Cedar Rapids and The Iowa Ceramics Center and Glass Studio. This grant includes the cost of your materials and food. In addition, assistance with transportation to the workshops will be available.  

At the end of the workshop there will be a special exhibition at The Iowa Ceramic Center and Glass Studio, on July 27th and in September, at Mount Mercy University Gallery. A printed and online booklet about the workshop will be published and available to all participants. Each participant will be awarded a special Certificate of Completion at the July 27th celebration.

For Further information about this project please contact:

Jane Gilmor, janegilmor@yahoo.com or call 319-651-3973