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Iowa City Goes Global with Summer of the Arts Festival

IOWA CITY, IA (CBS2/FOX28) – This weekend, Iowa City did not look like a place that nearly suffered major flood damage just a few days before.

“It’s just been a few rain drops,” said Iowa City Resident Janet Lammey. “We’re Iowans, we can handle it right?"

With the danger of flood waters and rain gone, Iowa City residents spent the weekend learning about their neighbors next door and around the world.

“A lot of folks, if they’ve never traveled outside of Iowa, are going to be seeing things here that might as well be mars,” said photographer Jim Tunell.

“I have a skill-set that’s not normal, so it’s really nice to be around people who accept that and actually enjoy it,” said Kojokan Samurai Dojo Instructor Michael Coglan.

Even some of the people who were sharing their expertise found things that they had never seen before.

“That’s part of the fun of being at art festivals is just walking around and seeing what other creative people do,” said artist Chris Abigt of M & J Art Gallery. “It’s inspiring.”

“This is one of the best ways to show them what we have and at the same time, take the best from them,” said Siham Elneil outside her tent showcasing her Sudanese hertitage.

“It makes me very happy because it just seems like everyone can come together and have this opportunity to share the best parts of all their cultures and everybody else gets a chance to get to know them,” said Fort Dodge Resident Mathilde Baldwin.

With the Summer Arts Festival, a community is brought together by learning about the world outside its city limits without leaving the street corner.

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