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CEDAR RAPIDS — The combined efforts of two groups will equal an Earth Day celebration greater than the sum of its parts.
Eco-Arts Festival 2011 promises something for everyone, says Mike Wyrick, a board member of the Corridor Conservation Coalition.
Last year, the coalition — a group of more than a dozen area non-profits — hosted its own Earth Day celebration, while a separate event was held by the New Bohemia Group in southeast Cedar Rapids.
A natural synergy between the organizations led to one festival this year, set for Saturday, April 16, in numerous venues in and around New Bohemia and Czech Village.
“With all of us working together, it should be even bigger and better this year,” says Wyrick, who is also chairman of the Cedar-Wapsi Group of the Sierra Club. “There truly is just a lot going on.”
Events include a 5K walk/run; tours of the New Bohemia solar array and Water Tower Place rooftop garden; recycled art exhibit; sustainable fashion show and more than 40 vendors with eco-friendly products.
A concert and workshop by the Banana Slugs String Band from California; a circuit-bending workshop by Roth Mobot of Chicago and a public art installation are among other highlights.
Festival-goers are encouraged to use a map of the building sites, available at the event — centered along Third Street SE — or print the schedule from the Czech Village/New Bohemia Main Street District’s website: www.newboczech.info
Jim Jacobmeyer, one of the event organizers, says the streetscape construction under way in the New Bohemia district should not interfere with the festival.
Parking is available in the city lots off Second Street SE.
Jacobmeyer says the festival’s focus on the environment is timely, especially in the wake of the nuclear crisis in Japan.
“There’s a growing concern of our impact on the ecosystem,” he says.
The festival precedes the national celebration of Earth Day on April 22.
Jacobmeyer says work under way by German artist Mirko Siakkou-Flodin exemplifies the festival’s theme of art and the environment.
The sculptor, who uses the name, Mo, has been working on his project since mid-March along with students from Kirkwood Community College, Mount Mercy University, Johnson School of the Arts and Metro High School.
Mo, 47, who lives in a small German village in Upper Swabia, says the students have helped gather recyclables, such as cans, bottles, rebar and a discarded fan, to be used in the sculpture.
The sculpture — a dung beetle rolling the Earth — will be installed during the festival at New Bo Park, but will be mobile.
Mo says the dung beetle is among the world’s best recyclers. The sculpture is doing the same by using recycled objects, including old tires that will cover the beetle.
“The material has some stories to tell,” he says.
Eco-Arts Festival 2011 will be 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, April 16 in numerous venues in and around New Bohemia on Third Street SE.
Registration is still being accepted for the 5K run/walk.
Find the 5K registration form and see the full schedule at: www.newboczech.info
For progress on the sculpture by artist Mirko Siakkou-Flodin, see: www.mo-kunst.de
Teachers are invited to a free workshop with the Banana Slugs String Band from 9:30-11:30 a.m. as part of the festival, sponsored by the Cedar Rapids/Linn County Solid Waste Agency. The workshop, at St. Wenceslaus Church, 1224 5th St. SE, integrates music, poetry, drama and movement with hands-on science, including a unit on how dirt is made. Register by noon Friday, April 15 by email: email@example.com or call Jason at (319) 377-5290.
Schedule of events:
SPEAKERS AND PRESENTERS
A. Horizons, 819 5th St Southeast
9 — 10 a.m. Hall & Hall Engineers, Environmental Planning and Design
10 — 11 a.m. Jonah Brucker-Cohen, Guest Artist, NY, NY, Interactive Network Projects
11 — 12 Mo Flodin, Environmental Artist in Residence, Zubdorf, Germany
12 — 1 p.m. Green Iowa AmeriCorps, Dream of the Modern World
2 — 3 p.m. Isabel Barbuzza, U of I, Associate Professor, Dimensional Practice/Sculpture
3 — 4 p.m. Trees Forever, “Trees: Energy, Water and Air Benefits”
B. RECYCLED ART SHOW; ROTH MOBOT;
Cherry Building, 329 10th Ave SE
9 a.m. — 12 Roth Mobot Circuit Bending Workshop
9 a.m. — 4 DNR Trailer
10 a.m. — 4 Mini Maker Faire Demos and Displays
10 a.m. — 4 Cherry Building Open House
10 a.m. — 4 Recycled Art Show
10 a.m. — 4 Ceramic Center Open Studio
1 — 7 p.m. Scrapyard Challenge — featuring Drawbots
C. SUSTAINABLE FASHION
WORKSHOP AND SHOW
Gatherings, 905 3rd St SE
1 — 4 p.m. Sustainable Clothing Fashion Workshop with Sonya Darrow
4 — 5:30 p.m. Flaming Cameros
5:30 — 7 p.m. Deep Dish Divas
7 — 8 p.m. Sustainable Fashion Show
D. WATER TOWER PLACE —
ROOFTOP GARDEN TOUR
Water Tower Place, 900 2nd St SE
11 a.m. — 2 p.m. Roof Top Garden Guided Tours
E. WELLNESS EXPO
Bottleworks Lawn, 905 3rd St SE
10 a.m. — 4 p.m. Wellness Expo
F. JUNK ART; MUSIC & DANCE WORKSHOPS;
MO FLODIN SCULPTURE INSTALLATION
New Bo Park, 3rd St SE
10 a.m. — 12 EIAA Junk Art Workshop
10 — 11 a.m. Eco-Arts 2011 Bike Ride
10 a.m. — 12 Turning the Wheel CR Dance Company
12 — 1 p.m. EIAA Junk Rhythm Workshop
3 — 4 p.m. Junk Funk Jam Session
Also many all-day activities from 10 a.m. — 4 p.m.
Mo Flodin Sculpture Installation, 10 a.m.
Recycled Music Makers
G. NEW BOHEMIA SOLAR ARRAY PROJECT
Kouba Building, 1011 3rd St, SE
11 a.m. New Bohemia Solar Array Guided Tour
2 p.m. New Bohemia Solar Array Guided Tour
H. PROJECT AWARE; ISU SCHOOL OF DESIGN
Matyk Building, 1029 3rd St SE
10 a.m. — 5 p.m. Project AWARE; ISU School of Design
I. ECO-FRIENDLY EXPO
African American Museum of Iowa, 55 12th Ave SE
10 a.m. — 4 p.m. Eco-Friendly Vendors, Artisans and Organizations
10 a.m. — 12 Paddy Mac Celtic Band
Noon — 2 p.m. Rob Lumbard, Musical Guest
J. THE BANANA SLUGS STRING BAND
WORKSHOP AND CONCERT
St. Wenceslaus, 1230 5th St SE
9:30- 11:30 a.m. Banana Slugs Workshop
1 — 2 p.m. Banana Slugs String Band Concert
K. RISING ABOVE GALLERY TOUR AND
MOVE THAT BUILDING PRESENTATION
NCSML Kosek Building, 87 16th Ave SW
11 a.m. — 12 Lamb Cake Contest
1 — 2 p.m. Cake Walk
2 — 3 p.m. Rising Above Gallery Tour
3 — 4 p.m. Move that Building! Presentation
L. RECYCLE 5K RUN/WALK
7:30 a.m. Registration
9 a.m. Start
10 a.m. Awards