IAC Press Release


Jeff Morgan (Cultural Affairs), 515-281-3858, jeff.morgan@iowa.gov

Iowa Arts Council and Tiny Circus collaborate on innovative community-based art activity

Project uses stop-motion animation to tell the story of this year’s RAGBRAI

DES MOINES – The Iowa Arts Council, in partnership with the artist collaborative Tiny Circus, will present a community-based art activity in conjunction with the Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa (RAGBRAI) in overnight stops along the 2013 route.

The Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department Cultural Affairs, commissioned the project in conjunction with the State of Iowa Historical Museum’s exhibition Riding Through History: A River to River Legacy on Wheels, which reflects the cycling experience in Iowa and highlights RAGBRAI as one of Iowa’s iconic traditions, largest cultural events and economic drivers. The exhibit will open Friday and will feature the Tiny Circus Super Fantastic RAGBRAI Project following its completion.

In the early stages of the project, Tiny Circus will conduct interviews with RAGBRAI riders, community members and other participants in an attempt to capture the spirit of the event as told by the entire RAGBRAI community.

The Circus will then set up animation sessions along the route, encouraging RAGBRAI riders to join the animation process. Participants can expect to be involved in capturing images, appearing in video footage, and contributing content and ideas.

The final product will be an animation with both audio and visual components based on the stories and experiences of RAGBRAI participants of all ages, places, and abilities. A promotional preview video explaining the project can be found here.

RAGBRAI riders and friends are invited to take part in the Super Fantastic RAGBRAI Project along the route in Council Bluffs, Harlan, Perry, Des Moines, Knoxville, Oskaloosa, Fairfield and Fort Madison.

While in Des Moines on Tuesday, July 23, RAGBRAI participants are invited to join Tiny Circus at the State Historical Museum’s Pedalpalooza, featuring Riding Through History tours, live music, and family-friendly events and activities throughout the day. Admission to the event is free. For more information about Pedalpalooza, visit www.RidingThroughHistory.com and www.TinyCircus.org.

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Tiny Circus, based in Grinnell, Iowa, was established as a collaborative and community-based art project in 2008. The Circus uses the medium of stop-motion animation to create and tell stories and travels to host workshops for all ages at schools and universities, art and film festivals, museums and galleries. To date more than 1,000 people have participated in the Circus, a number that is expected to expand greatly with this project. For more information, visit www.tinycircus.org.
The Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, is committed to enriching the quality of life for Iowans through support of the arts. As Iowa’s state arts agency, the Iowa Arts Council leverages support from the National Endowment for the Arts and Iowa Legislature to serve as a catalyst for arts investment in communities throughout Iowa. For more information, visit www.iowaartscouncil.org.

The State Historical Museum has served the citizens of Iowa for more than 120 years as a forum for cultural and civic engagement, a hub for hands-on-education, and a one-of-a-kind destination for visitors and citizens alike to interact with the stories of Iowa. Today, the Museum is home to more than 100,000 artifacts in its collections with more than 50,000 square feet of exhibit space showcasing Iowa’s rich history and cultural legacy.  For more information visit www.iowahistory.org.

The Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs is responsible for developing the state’s interest in the areas of the arts, history and other cultural matters with the advice and assistance from its two divisions: the State Historical Society of Iowa and the Iowa Arts Council. DCA preserves, researches, interprets and promotes an awareness and understanding of local, state and regional history and stimulates and encourages the study and presentation of the performing and fine arts and public interest and participation in them. It implements tourism-related art and history projects as directed by the General Assembly and designs a comprehensive, statewide, long-range plan with the assistance of the Iowa Arts Council to develop the arts in Iowa. More information about DCA is available at www.culturalaffairs.org.