Recently Awarded Grants

Fiscal Year 2007 / Mini Grants: August

The Iowa Arts Council received 13 eligible Mini grant applications for the 2006 August round. We received a total of $16,995 in requested funds. Of those, 9 were selected for funding, totaling $10,855. The highest score of those selected for funding was 38.5 and the lowest at 31.5.


Standing By Words Center, North Liberty
River East, River West: Iowa's Natural Borders
Funding will support the Harvest Lecture, which uses Iowa artists to explore our Iowa landscape and environment. Events will be in Keokuk, Council Bluffs and Iowa City from October to December. The artists will be David Hamilton, John Price, Lisa Knopp, Gary Holthaus, Robert Wolf and Ethan Hirsh on the Mississippi and Missouri rivers.


Prairie Voices Productions, Iowa City
13th Annual Iowa Women's Music Festival
The Iowa Women's Music Festival is a celebration of women's music, art, and culture. The Thirteenth Annual IWMF will be held at Upper City Park in Iowa City, on Saturday, September 9, 2006 from Noon - 6pm. This year's diverse mix of music includes performances by Laura Love with Jen Todd, Trina Hamlin, Martine Locke, Kristin Lems with Laurie Haag, KJ Denhert, Plane Crashes and Slow Dancing, and Nikki Lunden.


Richard Steinbach, Sioux City
New American Music Recording Project -- Richard Steinbach, Piano Soloist
Funding will allow Richard Steinbach to produce a new CD recording of American works for solo piano. Part one will feature George Gershwin's classic "Rhapsody in Blue" and "Three Preludes" for solo piano. Part two will introduce new arrangements of American folk/hymn tunes by three innovative living American composers. (dates: Sept. 1, 2006 - June 30, 2007)


Story City Greater Chamber Connection, Story City
STORY! Celebrating the Art of Storytelling
Story City's first annual Storytelling Festival, September 22-24, 2006 will bring in professional Storytellers Michael Cotter, Bev Jackson, Clayton Layman, Linda Layman, Lee Kline, and Ed Epperly. It will be an event to include storytelling gatherings, concerts, workshops, music, students and the new local guild.


Pocahontas Public Library, Pocahontas
Classical Guitar Program
Funding will support the Pocahontas Public Library to bring award winning Classical Guitar artist Peter Fletcher for an 80 minute program on October 30th,2006 at 7:00 p.m.


Algona Community Schools, Algona
Stan Dahl Steel Drums
Stan Dahl will present a 5-day (10/14-10/18/06) residency to the students of the Algona schools on the artistry of the steel drum and the culture of Trinidad. This residency will expose students to a professional musician, a culture different but related to their own, discussions on slavery, and the preservation of heritage.


Orange City Christian School, Orange City
Orange City Christian School-AIS
On September 25-29, professional storyteller/writer Maureen Korte will share with K-8 grade students the importance of storytelling and the relevance of connecting stories to their original culture and time period. The 8th grade core group will increase their creative writing skills and techniques with the artist's guidance by meeting with her each day.


Brian Joens Des Moines
Quarter Moon View
Funding will support the production of Quarter Moon View, a 10 song CD of original material by Brian Joens. All the songs were inspired by Iowa people, places and events, past and present. Quirky small town characters, rolling countryside, meth, and the promise of county roads are some of the song topics. All rooted in Iowa.


Summer Music Association Des Moines
SummerMusic 2006
Funding will support the Summer Music Association to perform public concerts in Des Moines on September 12 and September 15 at the Iowa Historical Building. Free open rehearsal and master-class activities are offered. Performers include Iowa State University faculty member Jonathan Sturm, artistic director Bruce Brubaker, cellist Song-Ie Do, and other outstanding young American chamber players will take part.