Recently Awarded Grants

Fiscal Year 2006 / Round I

Iowa Arts Council Organization and Arts in Education Grant Awards


Waterloo Center for the Arts, Waterloo
Grant's Farm

Grant's Farm is a project in which educators, school administrators and museum interactive design consultants will work together with WCA to develop and produce a 700' hands-on exhibit for children and families which interprets the museum's collection of work by Grant Wood and other American Regionalists artists; one of nine permanent discovery zones planned for a 32,000' youth pavilion expansion.


Quad City Arts, Rock Island
Quad City Arts' Visiting Artist Series 2005-2006

Quad City Arts' Visiting Artist Series 2005-2006 will present approximately 275 educational programs to broaden audience developmental and enhance student and adult understanding of the arts. The artists are world-renowned musicians, dancers and performers. Free or low-cost public concerts will provide additional community access to these artists.


Red Cedar Chamber Music, Marion
Strictly Iowa

Strictly Iowa celebrates Iowa culture through two chamber music concerts and four educational activities in a week long celebration, May 8-13, 2006. Iowa Arts Council rostered artists, Jan Boland and John Dowdall, along with east coast-based artist violist David Miller will perform.


Iowa City Jazz Festival, Iowa City
Iowa City Jazz Festival 2005

Funding for the Iowa City Jazz Festival 2005 will support Main State Artists from Iowa including Ashanti, the Susie Miget Group, JUISE Big Band, the X-tet, as well as three other side stage bands.


Cassandra Manning Ballet Inc., Rock Island
Bringing the Ballet Alive for 6000 K-12 Students

Six thousand K-12 students in Scott, Muscatine and Clinton counties will participate in an innovative, integrative arts outreach project by Ballet Quad Cities. This project combines dance education with current curricular units in physical education, literature, writing and music through school matinees, teacher curricular guides and in-school and after-school activities and workshops.


Pierce Leighton (John), Iowa City
10 Channel Video/Sound Installation: Transient Red/Liminal Blue

A 10 channel video/sound installation: Transient Red/Liminal Blue by Leighton Pierce that creates an environment will stimulate an experience of emotional, perceptual and physical change to explore the concept of orientation. Funding will support the editing and processing of the video/audio material


Metro Arts Alliance of Greater Des Moines, Des Moines
Jazz Giants Series

Jazz Giants Series is a jazz education and appreciation series that augments two existing programs. There are four segments; each is focused on the work of a great American jazz artist and consists of a workshop for children and a concert/presentation for family audiences. All activities are free to the public.


WVIK Augustana Public Radio, Rock Island
WVIK Local Arts Programs

Despite financial challenges in public radio, WVIK remains committed to professionally-presented local programming of and about the arts, centered on Bruce Carter's Art Talks, Rock Island Lines with Roald Tweet, Saturday Morning Live with Don Wooten, About Books, with Faye Clow and Kai Swanson; and A World with Jan Keessen. Funding of this program will provide support to the artists who create these arts programs.


Art Center Association of Sioux City, Sioux City
La Loteria: Una Ventana en la Culture

In an exhibit including hand-painted games from the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and works by cotemporary Mexican American artist, La Loteria: Una Ventana en la Culture e Historia de Mexico explores the evolution of the symbolic imagery in the popular Mexican game La Loteria and how it reflects shifts in Mexican culture.


Jeanine L. Scheffer; Calmar
To Be an Iowan: Phase Two

In the project To Be an Iowan: Phase Two artist Jeanine Scheffert will do a series of ten oil paintings based on interviews conducted and photographs taken of 50 Iowans living in Winneshiek county. The paintings will depict the culture of her northeast Iowa home. She will host exhibits and workshops regarding Iowa heritage.


Orange City Arts Council, Orange City
Antonio Sacre, Bilingual Storyteller

The Orange City Arts Council and Northwestern College are planning a week of Ethnic Celebration with professional bilingual storyteller, Antonio Sacre. Sacre will be teaching and performing for all populations at area industrial plants, schools, college, library and at a closing community ethnic celebration.


Drake University/Grants Office, Des Moines
A Little Salsa on the Prairie: The Changing Character of Perry, Iowa

A Little Salsa on the Prairie: The Changing Character of Perry, Iowa is a video project that summarizes the history of Perry, Iowa, particularly immigration and ethnicity over time. It portrays the changes in the economy, society and physical environment in the recent past and present; and documents the process and outcomes of the bilingual dialog process and community forum about the present and future.


Morningside College, Sioux City
Artist Residency at Morningside College

This project is for a performance and educational residency of composer Armando Bayolo and Degas Quartet in Sioux City at Morningside College. Funding is sought for artist fees and travel, marketing and production costs.


Sioux City Symphony Orchestra, Sioux City
Iowa Piano Competition

Funding is for the Sioux City Orchestra's personnel expenses involved in hosting the second Iowa Piano Competition, an intensive three-day competition held March 9-11, 2006. This international competition consists of three rounds: solo recital, semi-final chamber music round, and final round concerto performance with the Symphony. Over $15,000 in prize money will be awarded.


Friends of Iowa Civil Rights, Inc, Des Moines
Iowa Mosaic Mural Project/Diversity Conference

Funding for the Iowa Mosaic Mural Project/Diversity Conference will provide pay to two diverse performing arts groups and significantly underwrite this statewide, collaborative art project. Twenty communities and more than 500,000 Iowans will be served.


Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony Orchestra, Cedar Falls
Mozart Meets Modernism Festival

The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony presents "Mozart Meets Modernism," a festival paring works by Mozart during his 250th birth year and compositions by modern masters. The festival includes a chamber music performance on September 25 and full orchestral concert on October 8. WCFSO musicians and Music Director Jason Weinberger will perform alongside guest pianist Sean Botkin and Genadi Zagor.


Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center, Cedar Falls
Professional Development for Teachers

The members of the Kennedy Center's Partners in Education, the GBPAC and Waterloo School District along with other communities will present a series of Professional Development workshops for teachers. The purpose of the partnership is to provide teachers a repertoire of teaching tools that integrate the performing arts into core curricular content areas.


Hawkeye Community College, Waterloo
Hawkeye Celebrates the Arts! Artists Series

Hawkeye Celebrates the Arts! Artists Series will present four performing arts events in the 2005-2006 season. The events include Los Cenzontles (The Mockingbirds), bohola, Spencers Theatre of Illusion and Pump Boys and the Dinettes to be performed by the Iowa touring Theatre Company of the Des Moines Playhouse, for a diverse community.


Rose Frantzen; Maquoketa
Portrait of Maquoketa

In a main street Maquoketa storefront, Rose Frantzen will paint portraits from life of all those in her hometown who wish to pose. Within the year she hopes to have 300 12" x 12" oil portraits in the wall. Ultimately, her goal is to capture the likeness of at least a third of Maquoketans of all ages and all walks of life.


Grinnell College, Center for Prairie Studies; Grinnell
Photographs of Iowa: The Vanishing Architectural Landscape of the Midwest

This project, Photographs of Iowa: The Vanishing Architectural Landscape of the Midwest will employ David Ottenstein to produce fine art photographs throughout Iowa that explore the decline and decay brought about in the Midwest by drastic changes in agriculture economy. IAC funding will support part of the travel costs of the artist and the photography materials.


Performing Arts & Education Assn. of SW Iowa, Inc., Red Oak
2-day High School Residency and Public Performance with Chapter 6

Chapter 6, a six-voice, a cappella men's group, will conduct four high school workshops and perform a public concert. The main goals of this project are to raise awareness of vocal jazz and other a cappella forms, and to provide technique education for Southwest Iowa vocal teachers and students.


Youth and Shelter Services, Ames
Marshalltown Hispanic Dance Group

The Marshalltown Hispanic Dance Group is the continuation of a program that has been in existence since 1999. The program provides Hispanic youth a positive activity to participate in, promotes passing on the traditions from one generation to the next, and builds bridges of understanding and public access to traditional arts through dance.


Iowa Cultural Coalition, Des Moines
The Fine Art of Business

The Fine Art of Business is a two-day business workshop for artists comprised of sessions tracked by creative mode and general sessions for topics germane to all creatives. Featured presenters include Caroll Michels, author of How to Survive and Prosper as an Artist, and Chris Osgood and Kathleen Richert from Springboard for the Arts.