The University of Iowa

Stir-Fry Project: Process I

April 4th, 2012

By Patrick Muller, Eastern Iowa Life

We’ve had the melting pot and the tossed salad; now we have the stir-fry. The Stir-Fry Project will happen over the next few weeks at the Senior Center of Iowa City. The project is “a collaborative community art project that explores the stories of people who have resettled to Iowa from different countries through collective works of art.” There are workshops in stop-motion animation, mixed media, and printmaking. Community members may participate. The workshops and materials are free, but pre-registration is required. There will be an opening exhibition of the collaborative work on April 27, and the art will remain on display through May.

This project is also sponsored by the UI School of Art and Art History, UI International Programs, and CARTHA.

The project kicked off on Friday, March 30. Several students who live in Muscatine participated in this first stop motion workshop. Originally, the students came from Liberia, Togo, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, and Puerto Rico. The project also works with the Senior Center of Iowa City and the Sudanese community Center. At the opening reception, the Sudanese Community Choir will perform.

The Stir-Fry Project is sponsored by the UI Center for Human Rights and is the student intern project for Robin Armstrong, a UI student from Muscatine.

Says Armstrong on Friday’s event, “For Stop-Motion Animation Workshop I the participants will be helping to create a stop-motion video based on their experiences living in Iowa and memories of their lives in their home countries. The process will be a culmination of cross cultural story telling. All the participants with bring an object of significance to them and share a story about it. Once all of the stories are told they will all work together to create a simple story-board and create the objects that will be used in the video. The end result will be a couple minute stop-motion video that will be put onto DVDs or online for each participant to share with friends and family.”

The first printmaking workshop will be this Friday, April 6 from 2-4:30 p.m. at the Senior Center. Those interested may register at