Recently Awarded Grants

Fiscal Year 2007 / Mini Grants: March

The Iowa Arts Council received 20 eligible Mini grant applications for the
2007 March round. We received a total of $25,282 in requested funds.
Of those, 9 were selected for funding, totaling $9,900
Out of a possible score of 44, the highest score of those selected for funding was 38.33 and the lowest at 35.33.

Tandem Theatre and Dance/Hurley & Dancers, West Des Moines
Four Corners, Four Iowa Choreographers
Funding will support four Iowa modern dance choreographers who will present a self-produced concert of new works on May 26, 2007 in the Betty Toman Theatre of Iowa State University. Taryn Packheiser will present "dance for the camera" and live dance. Claire Hruby, Kathleen Hurley and William Schneider will present live dance.

Iowa Composers Forum, Cedar Rapids
Wolfe-Huckleberry Concert Tour
Funding will allow the Iowa Composers Forum to host the first concert tour in the organization's history with five performances by violinist Katie Wolfe and pianist Alan Huckleberry. Wolfe-Huckleberry will present the works of five Iowa Composers at concerts in Grinnell, Iowa City, Cedar Falls, Cedar Rapids, and Dekalb, IL.

Davenport Public Library, Davenport
El dia de los Ninos, El dia de los Libros/Day of the Child, Day of the Book
Funding supports The Davenport Public Library to hosting the first annual El día de los niños, el día de los libros (Children's Day, Book Day) event on April 28 from 10-4. Festivities will include performances by Los Mocambos and Ballet Folklórico, along with crafts, bilingual story times, informational booths and refreshments.

Sandra L. Dyas, Iowa City
Down to the River
This grant will help artist Sandra L Dyas to fund extensive matting, framing, packaging and additional printing of photographs for several up-coming exhibitions. The exhibitions will be held in conjunction with the publication of my first book, Down to the River; Portraits of Iowa Musicians, which will be available for purchase in June 2007.

Peggy Johnston, Des Moines
Attend Paper and Book Intensive 2007
Funding will help Peggy Johnston to attend Paper and Book Intensive. It is a working sabbatical for practitioners and motivated beginners in the book arts, papermaking, and conservation. Daily class sessions are combined with lectures, discussions, and shared meals to promote unusual levels of exchange and inspiration. This year, PBI will be held at Ox-Bow located outside Saugatuck, MI.

Paul B. Sharar Foundation, Clinton
Clinton Community College Welcomes Mary Swander
With funding from this grant, The Paul B. Sharar Foundation welcomes Mary Swander to Clinton Community College on April 23 for Community College Month and Fine Arts Week. Ms. Swander will participate in two classes, lead a Lunch 'N Learn development activity, and share her works with the community during an evening reading.

West Des Moines Community Schools Foundation, West Des Moines
Bridges to China - A Cultural Exchange to Shijiazhuang
Funding is for support for an exchange of twenty-five 6th through 8th-grade orchestra students with same-age students in Shijiazhuang China. The program, running May 29th through June 8th, 2007, is designed to develop the talents and cultural understanding of the musicians through student-to-student interaction and sharing of music with each other and audiences.

Lynne Rothrock, Cedar Rapids
A Christmas Cabaret - Holiday Recording
Funding will support the production, duplication and distribution of a CD recording of "Lynne Rothrock's Christmas Cabaret" compiled from live performances in 2005 and 2006.

Miller Middle School Art Department, Marshalltown
Pottery and Beyond
Funding supports a project that allows 7th and 8th grade students to learn throwing and extruding techniques of ceramics with Master Potter, Gary Stattler, and art instructor, Carol Webb during after-school hours. Products produced will be entered in a silent auction with proceeds donated to the local Animal Rescue League.