Recently Awarded Grants

Fiscal Year 2007 / Round I

Iowa Arts Council Organization and Arts in Education Grant Awards


The Iowa Arts Council received 78 eligible Major grant applications for FY07, Round 1, April 1st deadline, for funding of projects/events with start dates of July 1st of 2006 or after. Applications totaled $687,472 in requested funds. Of those, 28 scored high enough to be selected for funding, totaling $153,500. The highest score of those selected for funding was 44.73 and the lowest scored 35.


Ames Town & Gown Chamber Music Association, Ames
Ames Town & Gown Chamber Music Association will present QuinTango, a string quintet and two tango dancers, in concert at the Ames City Auditorium on Saturday, October 28, at 7:30, and an outreach event for Perry K-6 students on Friday, October 27, at 10:00 at the Perry school gymnasium.

Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre, Cedar Rapids
"Elixir of Love" and Young Artist Production of "Jack and the Beanstalk"
Performances of "Elixir of Love" (Jan. 12, 14, 2007) and simultaneously produced Young Artist Production of "Jack and the Beanstalk" (up to 10 performances in Cedar Rapids Community Schools and the Iowa Children's Museum during the week of Jan. 8)

Clear Lake Arts Council, Clear Lake
Cerro Gordo Architectural History of Clear Lake Through the Eyes of Teens and Adults
A school & community residency with architectural historian Molly Naumann is scheduled, with the first week focusing on a group of self-selected community adults who commit to research local architecture and develop over subsequent months a public tour. The second week will target middle school students with a multi-disciplinary approach.

I Can Read, Coralville
Dancing I Can Read Songs
This innovative project creates dance segments of children's dance for performance and video. Artist, Leslie Nolte of Nolte Dance Academy, teams with LaDonna Wicklund, creator of I Can Read! Songs, and video artist, Lane Wyrick, to integrate the cross cultural, universal language of music and dance into beginning reading instruction.

Mississippi Valley Blues Society, Davenport
Blues in the Schools Continuing Educational Residency Program
The Mississippi Valley Blues Society hosts five artists-in-residencies during the 2006-2007 season. With each residency being one week long, save for June residency being a month-long, we host a total of eight weeks throughout the year. Included are: Dave Moore, Kevin Burt, Alabama Blues Project, Hal Reed and Bill Bell.

Metro Arts Alliance of Greater Des Moines, Des Moines
Metro Arts Education On Location
Metro Arts Education On Location combines three of Metro Arts' successful arts education programs - school year, after-school, and summer - into a single, unified outreach program. Throughout the year, Iowa artists will present affordable performances and hands-on activities for children, families and seniors at a variety of locations around central Iowa.

Larassa Kabel, Des Moines
The Thrilling Tweens

The creation of a new and significant body of work consisting of 8 photo realistic oil paintings exploring female adolescence, transformation and gender identity. The work will be shown at the Karolyn Sherwood Gallery in Des Moines from October 19 to November 16, 2006.

Salisbury House Foundation, Des Moines
Shakespeare on the Lawn Next Steps: Expansion of Community Services
Summer 2006 is the third season of "Shakespeare on the Lawn" at Salisbury House and Gardens, and involves 1) a full production of "A Mid-Summer Night's Dream", 2) expansion of performances with additional family night and Sunday matinee, 3) more discounted/free admissions, and 4) a free Shakespeare daycamp for disadvantaged kids-- A Mid-Summer's DayDream.

Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation, Des Moines
Des Moines River Greenbelt - Landmark Trail Bridge
The intent of this project is to commission an artist during the the early stages of design and engineering of a half-mile long trail bridge over the Des Moines River in Boone County. The bridge has the potential to become a landmark for Iowa.

Greater Des Moines Music Coalition, Des Moines
"Gross Domestic Product 2"
"Gross Domestic Product 2" will be held in Downtown Des Moines in participating venues and feature many Iowa bands and musicians. The event is a continuation of an ongoing DMMC Festival series, which has successfully produced a prototype event on March 31st, 2006 entitled "Gross Domestic Product." This event will follow the same template, but serve different genres of music and audiences.

Dubuque Museum of Art, Dubuque
Voices from the Warehouse District 2 (Voices 2)
During 2005 the Dubuque Museum of Art (working with 10 artists, from Iowa, Wisconsin and Illinois), mounted a highly experimental and wildly successful pilot exhibition at a warehouse in Dubuque's downtown. Emboldened by its popularity, the Museum seeks IAC funding for an enhanced 2006 exhibition sequel that becomes biannual thereafter.

Michael Peter Cain, Fairfield
Creating New Sculptures in India and Iowa for Exhibition in Iowa
This project is to create in India and Iowa a new body of work that takes a significant new direction. I will make 20 innovative sculptures in collaboration with traditional hammered sheet metal artisans in India in '06-'07 and finish these works in Iowa in '06-'08. As I have regularly done for 30 years, after the grant period, I will exhibit this work in distinguished Iowa art venues.


Madai Taylor, Fort Dodge
Mono Solo
This project combines youth classes and an exhibition of pictures by Madai to introduce students to collage as a fine art medium. Using materials from daily life, students will be encouraged to create individual works of art. With a calalog showing some of the artwork in the exhibition.

Des Moines Metro Opera Inc, Indianola
2007 OPERA Iowa Statewide Educational Tour
During OPERA Iowa's 8-member cast and crew 13-week educational tour, OI will present 350 classroom workshops and 90+ performances of Donizetti's DON PASQUALE and Giannini's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. Artistic Director, Robert L. Larsen will direct. (Repertory will be finalized this fall)

Carla Wilson, Iowa City
Black American Gothic: Planting Urban Roots in Iowa

Black people in Iowa? "Black American Gothic" documents the exodus of Black people from the inner-city--a national demographic trend that impacts Iowa dramatically. Over the course of one year our project will track four black subjects from Chicago as they migrate west to the college town of Iowa City.

Leighton Pierce, Iowa City
Scheduled Departure:4 channel video, 8 channel audio installation
Scheduled Departure is a sculptural video and sound installation to be presented at Cornell College in January of 2007 consisting of 4 video projections and 2 white projection monoliths, this is an immersive video environment that is designed to shift perception of time and space.

Summer of the Arts, Iowa City
Summer of the Arts' Iowa Filmakers Showcase
Summer of Arts is seeking showcase filmakers in our summer programming at both the The Iowa City Jazz Festival, Iowa Arts Festival, and at our Saturday Night Free Movie Series. Our volunteer committee will consist of members of numerous film and digital groups collaborating to curate a showcase of Iowa Filmakers in a closed tent at IAF and open screenings at both ICJF and SNFMS.

The University of Iowa, Iowa City
Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano
Hancher Auditorium will present Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano on Sunday, December 10 at 4 p.m. followed by a holiday party highlighting local Mexican performing artists. We will work with schools, churches and community organizations to identify local Mexican artists, provide transportation and distribute free tickets to Mexican artists and families.

Kahraman Near East Dance Ensemble, Inc., Iowa City
Cairo in the Cornfields
Kahraman Near East Dance Ensemble, Inc is hosting the pioneer of folkloric dance in Egypt, Mr. Mahmoud Reda, July 27-30. Mr. Reda will offer a pedagogy seminar for dance teachers, two workshops for dancers, and a discussion about his choreographic and film work for the general public.

Iowa Public Television, Johnston
Iowa State Fair Documentary

Film interviews with longtime Fair participants (eg. Duffy Lyon, Connie Boesen, 84-year old Zagnoli concessionaires, etc.) for historical background on our 3-hour documentary to be presented by IPTV. Funding supplements a Humanities Iowa grant for this stage of production.

Red Cedar Chamber Music, Marion
To Chocen with Love, A Celebration of Iowa's Czech Heritage
From Chocen With Love celebrates Iowa's Czech heritage through a musical celebration consisting of five educational activities for seniors and kids plus two chamber music concerts from May 7-June 2, 2007. Hires rostered Iowa Artists Jan Boland, John Dowdall and Michael Kimber along with east-coast violist, David Miller.

Iowa Cultural Corridor Alliance, Mount Vernon
National Performance Network 2006 Annual Meeting
Iowa Cultural Corridor Alliance (ICCA) requests support to co-host, with Legion Arts, the National Performance Network's 2006 Annual Meeting in Cedar Rapids, November 8-12. ICCA will faciliate the involvement of local artists, presenters, interns, volunteers and audiences in this national forum for peer communication among artists and presenters.

Iowa State University Extension - Mahaska County, Oskaloosa
Arts Experience Youth Day Camp
Arts Experience day camp will introduce youth to six different art media. Guest artists will lead activities and a community service project involving their art. Artists include Dr. Jacqueline Thompson (music), John Jannenga (drawing), Concetta Morales (Character Counts), Dennis Adams (sculpture), Alan Kinsey (Ceramics) and Connie Larson Miller (Fiber/Weaving).

Dallas County Conservation Board, Perry
Prairie Awakening - A Journey Into Indigenous Learning

Native Americans from four states and Canada participate, with drums, singers and dancers from indigenous tribes including Lakota and Dakota (Sioux), Winnebago, Dine (Navajo) and Anishnaube. Jerome Kills Small - Singer/Storyteller, Dallas Chief Eagle - Hoop Dancer, and Bryan Akipa - Flute Recording Artist provide storytelling, music and dance for all ages.

Quad City Arts, Rock Island
Quad City Arts' Visiting Artist Series 2006-07
The 2006-07 Visiting Artist Series will present approximately 250 educational programs to broaden student and adult understanding of the performing arts. The artists are world-renowned musicians, dancers and performers. Free or low-cost public concerts will provide additional community access to these artists.

WVIK 90.3 FM, Augustana Public Radio, Rock Island
WVIK Local Arts Programs

WVIK serves the community as a broadcast forum for the Arts, creating, presenting and sustaining local arts programming. The hallmarks of WVIK's local programming include long-running shows hosted by well-respected artists and radio talent, including Bruce Carter (visual arts), Roald Tweet, Faye Clow, Jan Keessen (literary arts), and Don Wooten.

Art Center Association of Sioux City, Sioux City
Great Place Public Art Master Plan
The purpose of the project is to create a public art master plan for Sioux City, specifically focused on the area designated as an Iowa Great Place in 2005. The project will feature a consultant hired to work with a task force to develop and adopt the plan.

Waverly-Shell Rock Elementary Music, Waverly
Cultures and Folk Dances from Around the World
This project is designed to give our students the opportunity to experience various cultures and their histories through folk dance. The residency will include guest artist Sanna Longden working with the students and their families throughout the school days and hosting evening family events.