Recently Awarded Grants

Fiscal Year 2008 / Mini Grants: April

The Iowa Arts Council received 32 eligible Mini grant applications for the April round, including twenty-seven for FY08 projects and five for FY09. Applicants requested a total of $43,760 for Arts projects. Eleven projects were selected for funding, with grant awards totaling $12,000 for FY08 (9 projects) and $3000 for FY09 (2 projects). There is a possible total score of 44 points. Although a score of 33 or above would be considered fundable, available funding did not allow for grants scoring below 34, leaving many worthwhile projects unfunded.

Performing Arts and Education Association of SW IA, Red Oak
Missoula Children's Theatre
IAC grant will allow the Performing Arts and Education Association
of Southwest Iowa (PAEA) in collaboration with the Wabash Arts
Camp will present Missoula Children's Theatre (MCT) for the third
year, July 7 - 12, 2008.  MCT will conduct auditions and be in residency for the week, coaching 60 students to produce "Robin Hood" with two performances at the Gladys Wirsig Jones auditorium at the Shenandoah High School.

Irving Elementary, Sioux City
Gulizia Residency
IAC grant funding will support  The Gulizia Brothers to visit Irving
Elementary School and work with the drumming classes, present
world music to all of the grades and have both an assembly-style
presentation for the school and a community based program in the
evening. They will come May 5-8, 2008.

Oak Park Elementary School, Des Moines
Creative Expression with Puppetry
Students will make puppets of various types with the help and
 expertise of staff members Lori Bonz and Carrie Moton. Funding
will support this project as Artists Carol Taylor and Bettie Jane Bibler
perform and work with students on learning puppetry techniques
and performing multi-cultural folk tales.

Ed East, Waterloo
Cinco De Mayo Celebration With Children's Choir
With IAC funding, on May 3, 2008, up to 300 Des Moines children
will sing in a professional Latin music production that celebrates
Hispanic cultures in Iowa.  The children's choir will accompany
Iowa ensembles Orquesta Alto Maíz, the Afro-Latin Project,
and Calle Sur in a family-oriented concert at the Buccaneer's Arena
in Urbandale.

Rose Frantzen, Maquoketa
Sound Installation for "Portrait of Maquoketa"
While painting portraits of 180 Maquoketans for
 "Portrait of Maquoketa", Artist Rose Frantzen heard wonderful
stories of life in small town Iowa. She recorded many of these
stories for a sound installation meant to accompany a permanent
display of these portraits,and she will use IAC funding to hire a sound
editor to complete this project.

Cody Gieselman, Iowa City
Boys and Girls by Number
IAC grant will fund artist Cody Gieselman to complete two
murals for a show that will open May 3, 2008 and will run until
May 24, 2008. Mr. Gieselman who will set up the installation
and coordinate with the audience in order to complete the artwork.

Bishop Hayes Catholic School, Muscatine
Spreading the Word
Funding will support Photographer Robert Campagna to spend five
days in a photography/writing unit with 15 fifth grade students
researching and teaching the history of Muscatine, also branching
out to expand knowledge to a bigger world promoting the community in which they live by creating a photo exhibit for the local community to enjoy and also by a picture postcard promoting this community to the bigger world.

Pella Community Art Center, Pella
Eulenspiegel Puppets Workshops and Performances
Grant funds will allow Pella Community Art Center to hire the
Eulenspiegel Puppets to work with intergenerational community
members to rehearse and perform "Portraits of the Prairie," August 14th,
 15th, and 16th.  The community will explore the history of Iowa's
changing landscape, having the opportunity to make puppets,
rehearse and perform with professional artists/musicians.

Eulenspiegel Puppet Theatre Co., West Liberty
Building a Bilingual Community Show
Funding will support the Eulenspiegel Puppet Theatre to build a
show that can be toured to other communities and rehearsed
and performed using community members as puppeteers. 
The script will be adapted from a Mexican folk tale and will have
an English as well as a bilingual version.

1st Fridays Art Walk of Fairfield, Fairfield
Junkyard Symphony at Youth Arts Festival
Funding will support the Junkyard Symphony, an international
percussion/circus group that entertains and educates using
ordinary, recycled objects, will perform twice and conduct a
rhythm workshop for young people as part of Fairfield
1st Fridays Art Walk's annual Youth Arts Festival May 2-3, 2008
as well as MUM's EcoFair.

Manning Community School, Manning
Three As of Education art piece
With IAC fgrant funding, this project will showcase Manning
Community School's pride in education with a three-column
art piece, designed and created by Chelsie (Croghan) Meyer.
 The art piece will reflect the three A's of education:  academics,
athletics, and the arts.  The art piece will be completed by the
end of June 2008.