The University of Iowa

Caribbean carnival arts subject of Summer Institute for Teachers and Lifelong Learners

April 13th, 2010

International Programs (IP) at the University of Iowa will conduct a summer institute for teachers and lifelong learners entitled “Caribbean Carnival Arts, Past and Present: Explorations in Community, Diversity, and Creativity within a Colonial and Post-Colonial Context.”  The seminar and workshop will be June 14 to 18 in the IP Commons, Room 1117 University Capitol Centre. It is open to teachers and community members with both for-credit and non-credit options.

The institute will offer a social, historical and artistic introduction to the carnival arts in Caribbean, Atlantic region, and Diaspora communities, those communities around the world where inhabitants from the Caribbean and Latin America now live.  The institute’s faculty facilitator is Loyce Arthur. She is an associate professor of theatre arts in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, a costume designer and co-director of IP’s Caribbean, Diaspora, and Atlantic Studies Program. Arthur is also a specialist in mask-making traditions, costumes and the Caribbean performance arts.  The afternoon workshops will offer hands-on puppet-making projects, samba lessons and other carnival-related activities.

Those participating for credit must register by June 11; non-credit participants must register by June 4.

For more information, visit or contact Karen Wachsmuth at or at 319-335-0345.