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Members of the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library receive admission to our exhibits, subscriptions to our biannual journal (Slovo) and our bi-annual newsletter (MOST), enrollment in our Time Travelers Program (including benefits at 100+ museums), and access to members-only events.

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Calendar of Events

We strive to provide informative, engaging, and most importantly – FUN events to the Cedar Rapids area. Our events focus mainly on the history of the Czech and Slovak people, with hands on workshops, informative history lessons, and exhibit opening receptions.

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August 2020

Movie Double Header – 2 Free Movies – 2 Nonprofits

August 6 @ 5:30 PM - 10:30 PM
Cedar Rapids Kernels, 950 Rockford Rd SW
Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52404
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Join National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library and The DISTRICT Czech Village New Bohemia Main Street at the Kernels Stadium on August 6 for TWO FREE MOVIES! Gates open at 5:30 p.m. (Masks required for entry and while finding seating. Also required while walking to concessions and restrooms.) Seating will be available in the stadium and on the field. Attendees are able to bring blankets/pillows to lounge on field. (No lawnchairs or metal seating on the field). The first…

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Sapient: A performance exploring the intersection of dance, robotics, humanness, and labor

August 29 @ 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library, 1400 Inspiration Pl SW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404 United States
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Join us for an outdoor art performance by Interdisciplinary Artist Amenda Tate. While three dancers perform a Polka and a contemporary freestyle, Amenda’s robot, Manibus, will translate those movements to a canvas with acrylic paint. “The whole process is like becoming a record of the moment in time, capturing the energy that is transmitted during a live performance,” Tate says. “The project captures the movement and that turns the medium into a new art form.” While Manibus is a robot,…

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September 2020

A Conversation on the Kashmir Conflict

September 3 @ 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Dr. Ather Zia, a political anthropologist from the University of Northern Colorado, will speak with Dr. Pranav Prakash, a Windgate Fellow at the Center for the Book at the University of Iowa, about the dispute of Kashmir and ongoing people's resistance. The Kashmir conflict is often presented as a simple territorial dispute primarily between India and Pakistan, with China playing a third-party role. The vantage of Kashmiris who have fought for their right to self-determination and Independence is habitually sidelined.…

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History on Tap: Printers Revolt! Linocut Carve Along Party

September 15 @ 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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One event on September 17, 2020 at 6:00 PM

Put your activism to work by creating your own linocut protest prints. Using printing blocks, you will carve images and/or text that can be used to mass produce prints to create signs, share with friends, and print on t-shirts. Join artist Jenny Gringer for a virtual community gathering and conversation while troubleshooting, carving, and printing your block. This workshop will have an informal feel and provide a venue for discussing the Artists as Activists exhibit and activism in our community.…

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Artists as Activists Virtual Talk & Tour

September 16 @ 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Learn about the Artists as Activists exhibit from its curator, Charlotta Kotik, and see it virtually before it closes on September 20. This exclusive online event includes a live presentation by Charlotta Kotik on Wednesday, September 16, at 7:00 p.m. CDT and a tour of the exhibit with NCSML Curator Stefanie Kohn that you can access at any time. Purchase any of the four packages to attend. Artists as Activists features artists who are responding to political oppression through their…

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History on Tap: Printers Revolt! Linocut Carve Along Party

September 17 @ 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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One event on September 17, 2020 at 6:00 PM

Put your activism to work by creating your own linocut protest prints. Using printing blocks, you will carve images and/or text that can be used to mass produce prints to create signs, share with friends, and print on t-shirts. Join artist Jenny Gringer for a virtual community gathering and conversation while troubleshooting, carving, and printing your block. This workshop will have an informal feel and provide a venue for discussing the Artists as Activists exhibit and activism in our community.…

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Immigrant Foodways: Svíčková na Smetaně

September 19 @ 2:30 PM - 6:00 PM

This class is going to be a real treat! All attendees will prepare one of the fanciest Czech meals most often served in the Czech Republic for special and important occasions. You will be going back-to-basics and preparing all parts of this meal totally from scratch. The meal includes delicious and tender beef roast, an earthy & creamy sauce, soft sliced side dumplings, cranberries, whipped cream, and lemon. Note: Suitable for vegetarians too – just skip the beef roast and…

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New Bohemia Walking Tour

September 21 @ 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Former Czech School Location, 925 2nd Street SE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52401 United States
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Join Mark Stoffer Hunter, Cedar Rapids historian, for a walking tour of the historic New Bohemia neighborhood. Learn about the evolution of this unique Bohemian commercial district from the early 1870s through the present day. Mark will highlight the special stories associated with the architectural landmarks. The tour will begin at the Former Czech School Location (925 2nd Street SE Cedar Rapids, IA 52401). The tour will end near the intersection of 3rd St and 16th Ave SE. Wear comfortable…

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Painting with Robots Family Art Workshop

September 26 @ 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library, 1400 Inspiration Pl SW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404 United States
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Join us for this free art workshop by dropping in anytime between 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM to create your mini robot painting. We will be socially distanced in the Rozek Grand Hall. This is a come and go program and should not take more than 15 minutes per painting.Cost: Free. Recommended for ages 6 and up. No RSVP required. Masks are required for all.Sponsored by: Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation Program Fund

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Walking Tour of Czech Village

September 28 @ 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library, 1400 Inspiration Pl SW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404 United States
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Join Mark Stoffer Hunter, Cedar Rapids historian on a walking tour of historic Czech Village. Learn about the unique history behind this fascinating neighborhood. Special stories associated with architectural landmarks in the Village will be highlighted. The tour will begin and end at NCSML’s clock tower (corner of 16th Ave SW and Inspiration Pl SW). Parking is available in the museum’s lots or in Czech Village. The museum’s parking garage will not be open for this program. Wear comfortable shoes.…

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