Recently Awarded Grants

Fiscal Year 2006 / Mini Grants: November


Youth and Shelter Services, Inc., Ames
Pastorela Navideña
Pastorela Navideña will be performed for the first time by the Marshalltown Hispanic Dance Group. Pastorelas reenact different parts of the Christmas story including Mary and Joseph’s search for lodging and the journey of the shepherds and wise men.


Karin Stein, Kellogg
CD Production and Community Outreach
Karin Stein will produce a CD with upbeat Latin music which will appeal to a broad range of Hispanics in Iowa, regardless of nationality, and non-Hispanics. The CD will be released at two outreach concerts during a pre-holiday Hispanic community event in Marshalltown.


Anderson Gallery, Drake University, Des Moines
Musica Antiqua/Madrigal Dinners
The Madrigal Dinners are a re-creation of an Elizabethan feast. The event will include the performances of choral and instrumental music of the Renaissance as well as dancing and theatrical presentations.


Graciella Zogbi, Fairfield
Ancient Vedic Classical Songs: A Western Revival
Ancient Vedic Classical Songs: A Western Revival is the title of a CD that will be produced by Graciella Zogbi, a western vocal artist, researcher and instructor of ancient Vedic classical music. Zogbi has produced one successful CD and funding will support this second CD. Her plan is to produce six CDs of these divine songs with texts and microtonal frequencies, which are more than 5,000 years old and preserved through oral tradition of Vedic India.


North Hill Elementary School, Burlington
The Eulenspiegel Puppet Theatre Presents: Freedom Star
In a full school assembly the Eulenspiegel Puppet Theatre, accompanied by musician Ron Hillis, will present Freedom Star, a dramatic story of a young girl who escaped on the Underground Railroad. All 3rd through 5th grade students will participate in a one-hour shadow puppet workshop and a select group of 5th grade students will attend a workshop on American music.


Mount Ayr Elementary School
Five-day Residency with Act!vated Storytellers
This residency will include expository writing, American Sign Language (ASL), and performing arts workshops for various core groups. The opening assembly and concluding student performance will feature Asian music and literature as cultural enrichments for all students and the community.


Scattergood Friends School, West Branch
Disco Intervention (Operation Stealth Ballroom)
Disco Intervention (Operation Stealth Ballroom) is a project that created new choreography and improves dance programming at Scattergood School during drama and physical education classes, weekend workshops and rehearsals. It includes ballroom, disco, Latin and concert dance technique, theory and history. The artists, Nora Garda Marcos and Mark McCusker, are trained in visual arts, ballet, modern, jazz, tap, social dance, performance art and movement for performers.