Workshops & Gatherings

Our art brings people together to learn something new. That could be new skills in a workshop, new facts from a presentation, or new stories from a neighbor. Sometimes we use free garage sales or free food to bring new people together to share an experience or a story. Here are some past examples:

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Weekly Potlucks

A tradition of Grin City Residencies and now core to our social engagement practice, weekly potlucks help bring artists and communities together.

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Beating the Bully Within us

Children are quick to identify bullying. They are less quick to take responsibility for their or their peers' actions. Bullying is not a black-and-white subject, and one person can at different times be bully, bullied and bystander without realizing it. 

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Culture Lab

During the summer and fall of 2014, Grin City Collective brought together artists, writers, scientists and educators for a special 2-part collaborative residency that used innovation and design to build creative, interactive projects exploring the ways we interact with our world.

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Free Shop

During the summer of 2011 artists in residence set up a Free Shop in Central Park in downtown Grinnell. The Shop offered music, face painting, cookies and an assortment of artworks and objects either made or found.

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Free Bagel Stand

During the summer of 2012 artists in residence served up handmade pop-up-shop serving homemade free bagels and fixing in exchange for people to lend us their mark on a large collaborative landscape painting. Free art, free food, collaboration with the community!