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Iowa Arts Council announces nearly $75,000 in grants

Posted January 13, 2014 in Web Exclusives

DES MOINES – The Iowa Arts Council (IAC) has awarded $74,506 in Project Grants and Rural Arts Development Grants funding to support 14 arts projects serving Iowans in 10 communities across the state. IAC is a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs.

Project Grants create opportunities for the arts to flourish in Iowa by investing in projects that positively impact the vitality of the arts in the state, demonstrate public value, and support Iowa Arts Council funding priorities. Eligible applicants include individual artists; nonprofit organizations incorporated in Iowa that have federal tax-exempt status; schools; local, county, state and federal government agencies; and tribal councils.

Rural Arts Development Grants support arts projects that positively impact the quality of life in rural Iowa, demonstrate public value, and support IAC funding priorities. Eligible applicants must be located in select Iowa counties  and include nonprofit organizations incorporated in Iowa that have federal tax-exempt status; schools; local, county, state and federal government agencies; and tribal councils.

Funding for both programs come from the Iowa Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts.

The deadline for the next round of IAC Project Grants and Rural Arts Development Grants is Feb. 3, 2014. Visit IAC at or contact IAC Grant Manager Linda Lee at 515-242-6194 for more information.

A list of Project Grants and Rural Arts Development Grants announced today follows:

(Project Title)
(Grant Amount)


Iowa City

James Dreier

Familia, My Iowa Latin Jazz Life


James Dreier will record and produce Familia, My Iowa Latin Jazz Life. The goal of the recording project is to celebrate both family and the musical ties that have brought Latin music and Latin jazz to Iowa for more than 27 years. The CD will be a vehicle for dissemination of Latin jazz via free disbursement to Iowa schools, libraries and radio.

Iowa City

Ian Etter

Manned Mock Mars Mission


Ian Etter will execute and exhibit the multi-media, performance-based project, Manned Mock Mars Mission (MMMM). MMMM aims to connect the arts to science by blending the history of the settlement of the American West and the history of interplanetary exploration. The project seeks to engage Iowans in a conversation about the parallels inherent in artistic and scientific investigation.

Iowa City

Mary Laube

Roses and Rue


Roses and Rue explores the relationship between two analogous genres: poetry and painting. Mary Laube will produce a series of paintings that corresponds to poems written by Kiley McLaughlin, an Iowa City poet. Roses and Rue will be presented as a joint exhibition and reading for the public of Iowa City and its communities of poets and painters.


Council Bluffs

Arts Center at Iowa Western Community College

First Person: Seeing America


First Person: Seeing America is a beautifully telling performance of American stories presented through a combination of images, words and music. The public performance joins history and art in a unique multi-genre fashion that will expand the experience of the community by widening the definition of art. The project also includes educational activities that encourage creativity and explore the use of art in other disciplines such as history and social studies. First Person: Seeing America brings together lovers of poetry, prose, photography and history for a shared experience enriching the artistic culture of Southwest Iowa.

Council Bluffs

Bluffs Arts Council

Work of Art: Business Skills for Artist Workshop Series


The Bluffs Arts Council will host Work of Art: Business Skills for Artist Workshop Series presented by Springboard for the Arts. The arts goals are to build the capacity of artists of all disciplines in Council Bluffs and southwest Iowa by providing an opportunity for them to learn practical information about planning, managing, promoting and marketing their craft.

Council Bluffs

Council Bluffs Guild of the Omaha Symphony

Mission Imagination – The Great Musical Experiment


Mission Imagination – The Great Musical Experiment is a music education program that teaches children age 4 to 3rd grade musical concepts through an interactive orchestra concert. The arts goals for the project include introducing musical concepts, skills and repertoire to students and creating an applied learning environment in which students sing and play instruments. This program is provided free of charge to Iowa students and will improve arts access in southwest Iowa while introducing students to the orchestra.

Des Moines

Westminster Presbyterian Church

Westminster Fine Arts Series Spring 2014


The Westminster Presbyterian Church will present “Freud’s Last Session” and “Triple Concerto” as part of the Spring 2014 Westminster Fine Arts Series. “Freud’s Last Session” is a play produced in conjunction with a local theatre company and “Triple Concerto” is a concert featuring Des Moines Symphony artists and other professional musicians. The project provides opportunities for students and amateur artists to work alongside professionals. All events are free and open to the public.


Iowa Alliance for Arts Education

Arts Education Leadership Conference


The Iowa Alliance for Arts Education will present the Arts Education Leadership Conference. The primary goal of the conference is to train future leaders for local school districts and professional fine arts organizations in our state. The training will have a direct impact on Iowa school districts and professional fine arts organizations by providing a pool of effective and motivated leaders. These leaders will implement the skills they have learned benefiting their schools, professional organizations and students.


City of Marion Park and Recreation Department

Music for Marion


Music for Marion reaches Linn County populations with a ‘friendly taste’ of chamber music with 18 concerts, including two live concerts in public settings at Lowe Park and City Hall, 13 educational classroom events for children, and 3 concerts for senior citizens.

Mason City

Wright on the Park

Speakers’ Bureau – Frank Lloyd Wright and the Prairie School


Speakers’ Bureau – Frank Lloyd Wright and the Prairie School will bring three presentations to Mason City. The presentations will increase understanding and appreciation of Frank Lloyd Wright’s work as an art form, the music of William Wright and its impact on the developing artistry of his son Frank Lloyd Wright, and the work of John Howe, Taliesin Fellow, architect and head draftsman for Frank Lloyd Wright.


North Star Community Services, Inc.

North Star’s Art Show Project – Straight from the Art


North Star’s Art Show Project, Straight from the Art, will provide adults with disabilities the opportunity to showcase their talents and expand their social network by engaging the community in vibrant conversation about art. The main goal for the project is to create and promote a public art show featuring the varied talents of 80 artists with disabilities. The project will celebrate the impact that art has on the lives of people with disabilities, promote learning and encourage creativity. It will also promote recognition, acceptance and inclusion of diverse individuals within the Cedar Valley and beyond.


Elk Horn

Museum of Danish America

Modernism at Rookwood Pottery


The Museum of Danish America will present an exhibition called “Modernism at Rookwood Pottery: Porcelain and Paintings by Jens Jensen,” opening on April 26, 2014, in Elk Horn. The exhibit highlights the work of Jens Jensen, a Danish immigrant artist who was part of the Rookwood Pottery studio from 1928 to 1948. Jensen also created oil paintings that further illustrate his personal style as a Modernist. The goal is to offer a high-quality art exhibition that encourages both urban and rural audiences to visit the museum in Elk Horn for artistic enrichment.


E.E. Warren Opera House Association

Premier Performance Series


The Warren Cultural Center’s 2014 Premier Performance Series will present three diverse forms of live performing arts to rural Iowans in Adair County and southwest Iowa. The series includes gospel, blues, and soul music; acapella and solo jazz vocalists; and classic comedy. Offered in the intimate setting of the restored 1896 Warren Opera House, audiences will be able to gather, connect, and learn through the shared cultural experiences of these art forms and styles.

Orange City

Orange City Arts Council

Beyond Onstage


The Orange City Arts Council seeks to stimulate a healthy arts environment by presenting the performance art series Beyond Onstage to Orange City, Sioux County, and neighboring Lyon and O’Brien counties. The primary arts goal is to strengthen community life by delivering arts to students along with community residents. The project will introduce northwest Iowa residents to a variety of accomplished artists, musicians, and actors from Iowa, across the country and around the world.

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