Past News and Events - 2012

Spring 2012

Carnival Art, Culture and Politics: Performing Life

Edited by Michaeline Crichlow, (former director of CDA)
To Be Published March 2nd 2012 by Routledge – 224 pages
Also available online at:
http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/csid20/16/4
Social Identities: Journal for the Study of Race, Nation and Culture, Volume 16, Issue 4, 2010
Special Issue: CARNIVAL CROSSFIRE: ART, CULTURE, POLITICS

Art in Times of Quake and Cholera

Presented by Haitian-born painter and sculptor Edouard Duval-Carrié. 
Date: Thursday, March 1
Time: 5:00 to 6:30 p.m.
Location: 2520D University Capitol Centre

Edouard Duval Carrié will discuss his activities in the general relief efforts made after Haiti’s devastating earthquake in 2010, discuss his role as curator of several major Caribbean exhibits, and present a selection of his recent productions.

More Information

Fall 2012

Tell us your story!

Get inspired by George Ella Lyon’s poem “Where I’m From” - Submit your own stories, which may be turned into works of art for the 2013 Iowa City Carnaval Parade!

Download this form and email it to Loyce Arthur at loyce-arthur@uiowa.edu or drop it off at the information kiosk through December in the Discovery Center on the ground floor of the Old Capitol Museum. You can also submit your own formatted stories and photos online at iccarnival.tumblr.com/submit.

See below for several art and storytelling workshops, all free and open to the public. The final products of these sessions and workshops will be featured in - or serve as inspiration for - floats, costumes, props, masks, and puppets for the Iowa City Carnaval Parade in June 2013 during the Iowa City Arts Festival.

Thursday, October 4

Exploration and Discovery Through Creative Writing and 3-D 
6-8 p.m.
UI Old Capitol Museum
Related sessions: Saturday Oct. 20, Nov. 3 and Nov. 10

This session will include conversations, writing exercises and art making centered on themes of community and historically significant landmarks and buildings like Old Capitol. During the first two sessions (Oct. 4 and 20), participants will create stories and poems based on Iowa City and Coralville community spaces. During the last two sessions (Nov. 3 and 10) participants will transform stories collected into drawings and 3D representations.

Saturday, October 20

Exploration and Discovery Through Creative Writing and 3-D Carnaval Art
1:30 to 4 p.m.
UI Old Capitol Museum
Related sessions: Thursday, Oct. 4, and Saturday, Nov. 3 and Nov. 10

This session will include conversations, writing exercises and art making centered on themes of community and historically significant landmarks and buildings like Old Capitol. During the first two sessions (Oct. 4 and 20), participants will create stories and poems based on Iowa City and Coralville community spaces. During the last two sessions (Nov. 3 and 10) participants will transform stories collected into drawings and 3D representations.

Thursday, October 25

What's The Story? Storytelling workshop 
with Steve McGuire
1117 University Capitol Centre
4-6 p.m.
R.S.V.P. to sarolta-graves@uiowa.edu if attending

This hands-on workshop is open to educators and students of all kinds. The goal of the workshop is to illuminate storytelling's importance in our lives and in human societies, and to help participants develop their own philosophy of the role of storytelling in their own and others' acts of interpretation. 

Open mic event: The Yacht Club
13 S Linn Street, Iowa City
7-9 p.m.

Join us for a unique evening of storytelling!  Bring stories, poems, songs, or spoken word pieces to perform that celebrate your life In Iowa.  There will also be time set aside to write poems individually or with friends. Then, you can perform or your piece can be read for you.

Friday, October 26

Carnival Sculpting/Wire Bending and Carnival Costume Construction
with Fitzgerald DeFreitas
North Hall, Room B1
4-8 p.m.

Wire bending is a term used to describe the art of bending and shaping wire to create the frame of the 15 - 20 feet costumes that are typical of carnaval. This wire frame is then covered with materials such as batting, fabrics, feathers, sequins and decorative braids to bring the final costume product to reality!  This workshop will give participants an opportunity to learn the process and to help to construct three pairs of butterfly wings.  This will be a taste of the kind of construction that will be employed for the Iowa City Carnaval Parade, and the wings that are made will be used in the parade.

Saturday, October 27

Fitzgerald DeFreitas: Presentation of His Work as a Carnival Designer
1117 University Capitol Centre
10-11 a.m.

Carnaval Costume Workshop
North Hall, Room B1
12-4 p.m.
R.S.V.P. to sarolta-graves@uiowa.edu if attending

This is a continuation of the carnaval costume design workshop from Friday. Participants will learn wire bending techniques and help create three pairs of butterfly wings for the Iowa City Carnaval Parade.

Open Mic Event: Prairie Lights
storytelling hosted by Dawn Price
15 S. Dubuque Street, Iowa City
7-9 p.m.

Join us for a unique evening of storytelling!  Bring stories, poems, songs, or spoken word pieces to perform that celebrate your life In Iowa.  There will also be time set aside to write poems individually or with friends. Then, you can perform or your piece can be read for you.

Sunday, October 28

Carnaval Costume Workshop
Location:  North Hall, Room 1B
10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

This is the final carnaval costume design workshop and a continuation from Friday and Saturday. Participants will learn wire bending techniques and help create three pairs of butterfly wings for the Iowa City Carnaval Parade.

Presentation of finished workshop costumes and theatre performance 
performance by the Department of Theatre Arts’ Darwin Turner Action Theatre Company of "Carnaval Time is Here For You And Me or How Hummingbird Saved Carnaval"  
The Iowa Children’s Museum, Coral Ridge Mall
1:30-2:30 p.m.

Saturday November 3

Exploration and Discovery Through Creative Writing and 3-D Carnaval Art
1:30 to 4 p.m.
UI Old Capitol Museum
Related sessions: Thursday, Oct. 4, and Saturday Oct. 20 and Nov. 10

This session will include conversations, writing exercises and art making centered on themes of community and historically significant landmarks and buildings like Old Capitol. During the first two sessions (Oct. 4 and 20), participants will create stories and poems based on Iowa City and Coralville community spaces. During the last two sessions (Nov. 3 and 10) participants will transform stories collected into drawings and 3D representations.

Saturday November 10

Exploration and Discovery Through Creative Writing and 3-D Carnaval Art
1:30 to 4 p.m.
UI Old Capitol Museum
Related sessions: Thursday, Oct. 4, and Saturday Oct. 20 and Nov. 3

This session will include conversations, writing exercises and art making centered on themes of community and historically significant landmarks and buildings like Old Capitol. During the first two sessions (Oct. 4 and 20), participants will create stories and poems based on Iowa City and Coralville community spaces. During the last two sessions (Nov. 3 and 10) participants will transform stories collected into drawings and 3D representations.

These events are supported by the University of Iowa Arts and Humanities Initiative and an International Programs Major Projects Award. All events are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Sarolta Graves atsarolta-graves@uiowa.edu 319-335-3862.

Loyce Arthur

Loyce Arthur is the organizer of the carnaval project and all carnaval-related events leading up to the June 2013 Iowa City Carnaval Parade. She is head of design, director of undergraduate studies, and associate professor in the UI Department of Theatre Arts in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Fitzgerald DeFreitas

Award-winning carnaval costume designer Fitzgerald DeFreitas has over 50 years of costume design and creation experience. He is well known through North American Caribbean communities for his presentations and he is dedicated to promoting the art of costuming.

Steve McGuire

Steve McGuire is a professor of 3D design and metal arts, head of dimensional practice, and studio division coordinator in the School of Art and Art History in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. He has exhibited, performed and conducted art workshops nationally and internationally.