Recently Awarded Grants

Fiscal Year 2007 / Round 2

Iowa Arts Council Organization and Arts in Education Grant Awards


The Iowa Arts Council received 52 eligible Major grant applications for round 2 in October 2006. We received a total of $443,068 in requested funds. Of those, 16 were selected for funding, totaling $102,500 Out of a possible score of 44, the highest score of those selected for funding was 42.53 and the lowest at 38.25.


City of Coon Rapids, Coon Rapids
Enhancing the Visual Environment
Coon Rapids is initiating a multi-year streetscaping project that will design and implement hardscape and landscape elements that reflect a consistent esthetic approach which includes the placement and design of public art. This grant will fund implementation of one or more elements of public art as specified in streetscaping plan.

Edgar East, Waterloo
The Afro Latin Project
This grant will allow Latin American musician and Iowa resident Ed East to further the establishment of a company which will perform folkloric Latin American songs and dances of African origin, accompanied by a Folkloric percussion ensemble and singers.

The University of Iowa / Hancher Auditorium, Iowa City
Cashore Marionettes, "Simple Gifts"
Funding is granted to Hancher Auditorium who will present Cashore Marionettes' "Simple Gifts" January 23-27 for two public performances and seven school matinee performances for fifth and sixth grade students. They will work with Iowa City schools and University of Iowa service learning Counseling and Art Education students and faculty to develop guidance and art lessons.

Scott Robert Hudson, Cedar Falls
Echos and Apparitions
Funding for this project will support the artist to proceed with the ecological/archaeological installations and the roundtable panel discussion on the ecology of art, symbolism and sustainable culture at the University of Northern Iowa Gallery of Art in June 2007.

Simpson College, Indianola
Simpson College Young Writers' Conference
Funding is awarded to The Simpson College Young Writers' Conference which will celebrate the art of writing for Iowa middle school students and language arts teachers through a presentation by Poetry Alive! and sessions presented by Iowa Arts Council-rostered artists: songwriter Dave Moore, poet/author Lorraine Duggin, playwright Cynthia Moore, as well as additional Iowa artists.

Sioux City Community Schools, Music Department, Sioux City
Opera Iowa

With support from this grant, the Sioux City Community School District will host OPERA IOWA February 5-9, 2006. OPERA IOWA will present workshops and performances of "The Billy Goats Gruff" for third grade studentsof the Sioux City Community School District. The troupe will also hold a master class for the high school vocal music students.

Westminster Presbyterian Church, Des Moines
Westminster Fine Arts Series (spring season)
The Westminster Fine Arts Series is a series of free public arts events presented at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Des Moines. Support is for the spring series which includes vocal and instrumental concerts by local, national and international touring artists, and a theatrical production of a Pulitzer Prize-winning play, produced by Iowa artists.

Marion Chamber of Commerce, Marion
Music for Seniors
Music for Seniors brings two weeks worth of educational chamber music events to senior citizens scattered between January 17-May 30, 2007. Music events are held in venues and facilities where and when seniors normally congregate. With the support from this grant this underserved population will hear classical music reflecting Iowa's ethnic & cultural heritage. IAC rostered artists Jan Boland, John Dowdall & Michael Kimber, thanks to the support from the Iowa will be hired.

Michael Carey, Farragut
Night Train: Poems by Juan Ramon Jimenez
Funding will allow the artist to obtain one-on-one expert Spanish language editorial assistance from Cuban/American Prof. Ozzie Diaz-Duque of the University of Iowa (and through him from the famous Chilean poet Oscar Hahn) on finishing a large and internationally significant book of translations of the poetry of the Spanish Nobel laureate (and long-time U.S. resident) Juan Ramon Jimenez

Waldorf Community Artist Series, Forest City
Waldorf Community Artist Series - Spring, 2007
With this grant funding the Waldorf Community Artist Series will showcase three performers in the spring of 2007. They include:
The Minneapolis Guitar Quartet - Feb. 3, 2007
The River City Chorus - March 26, 2007
Pridonoff Piano Duo - April 14, 2007

Brent Watkins, Cedar Rapids
The Heroes of Parlor Town
The Heroes of Parlor Town combines video, oral history and live piano performance by Brent Watkins to trace the transformation of American Popular Music by African-American composers from the 1890's to the early 1920's. The presentation offers compelling historical insight into the struggle of black musicians to overcome racial and cultural stereotypes.

Ballet Des Moines, Des Moines
Ballet Des Moines' June 2007 Performance
Ballet Des Moines will create and present a "triple-bill" on June 8-9 featuring three diverse ballets with original choreography by Serkan Usta and Ma Cong. Eight professional dancers (including Ma Cong, Rupert Edwards, Justin McMillan, Lori Grooters, Julie Grooters, and Alexandra Bergman) will be in residence for four weeks.

Jann Freed, Des Moines
Daring to Be: Portraits of Mexican Women Leaders
Daring to Be began as a bilingual black and white photography exhibit of women from Yucatan, Mexico that has traveled around Iowa since 2000. The exhibit has been transformed into a book of photographs, in-depth profiles, and analysis of their leadership. This grant request is to help with the publication costs and in establishing a permanent photography collection for Iowa.

The University of Iowa Arts Share Program , Iowa City
Maia Quartet Residency with the Danish Immigrant Museum

The University of Iowa Arts Share Program with the support of this grant, will bring the Maia Quartet to Elk Horn, Iowa and its surrounding communities for an extended residency. These communities have been chosen for their rich Scandinavian history and the repertoire for this project will focus on Scandinavian composers. This project wil involve close collaboration with the Danish Immigrant Museum in Elk Horn, Iowa.

Eulenspiegel Puppet Theatren West Liberty
Portraits of the Prairie
Support will allow the Eulenspeigel Puppet Theatre to mount a production giving a light hearted history of the prairie. The set, by Peggy Fitzgerald, is a four-tiered painting reminiscent of Grant Wood. With music composed by Ron Hillis, the show will be offered as a residency project, with students learning and performing peripheral parts.

Iarmac, Iowa City
IARGUS 2007 (International Annual Russian Guitar Seminar and Festival)
Funding will support The International Annual Russian Guitar Seminar and Festival (IARMAC) to organize the second International Festival of Russian Guitar, offering a week of lectures, master classes, and concerts on the unique Russian 7-string guitar. Highlights are the inauguration of the Russian Guitar Quartet and the world premiere of a new concerto for 7-string guitar by Italian composer Angelo Gilardino.