Old Capitol Museum will host sessions beginning Oct. 4
By Rebecca Pope for Iowa Now 
What’s your favorite Iowa place? A University of Iowa professor is encouraging Iowans to bring their heritage, memories, and fondness for the state to a creative process that will inspire floats, costumes, and more for an Iowa City Carnaval Parade planned for June 2013.
“A carnaval parade is art on parade to celebrate both individuality and community,” says Carnaval organizer Loyce Arthur, who is also head of design, director of undergraduate studies, and associate professor in the UI Theatre Arts Department  in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences . “In an increasingly technological and impersonal world, the carnaval arts can be used to bridge differences and celebrate human resilience and creativity.”
To help make that vision a reality, Arthur is arranging what she calls “Four Sessions of Exploration and Discovery Through Creative Writing and 3-D Carnaval Art.” The sessions will all be held at the UI’s Old Capitol Museum  and will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct 4, and from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Saturday Oct. 20, Nov. 3, and Nov. 10. She hopes that participants will be inspired by George Ella Lyon’s poem “Where I’m From,” which can be viewed at www.georgeellalyon.com/where.html .
The Carnaval effort is supported by UI International Programs , which awarded Arthur a Major Projects grant. In addition to her appointment in Theatre Arts, Arthur is also co-director of International Programs' Caribbean, Diaspora and Atlantic Studies program .