Recently Awarded Grants

Fiscal Year 2008 / Mini Grants: May

The Iowa Arts Council received 33 eligible Mini grant applications for the May round, including twenty-three for FY08 projects and ten for FY09 projects. Applicants requested a total of $45,718 for Arts projects. Eleven projects were funded totaling $14,690, with eight of those projects happening in FY08, totaling $10,190 and three projects totaling $4500 for FY09. 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 36, leaving many worthwhile projects unfunded.

Earle Rock, Des Moines
Planning Phase for "The Necessity of Resistance"
With IAC grant funds artist Earle Rock will begin the planning phase, of a 4 phase project, for a public sculpture that will be donated to the city of Clinton IA. The planning phase runs June 1st to June 30th, 2008.

Fine Arts and Cultural Events of Oskaloosa, Oskaloosa
Masque of Oskaloosa
IAC grant funds help to support artist, Cara Brostrom and Chris Okenberg as they research and write short vignettes to be performed by local talent around the historic Square during the Oskaloosa Arts Festival June 12th through June 14th, 2008.

Judy Bales, Fairfield
Visual Research at Washington D.C. area museums
IAC grant funding will help artist Judy Bales to travel to the Washington D.C. area to visit selected museums and collections of art that are particularly relevant to a new body of work that she is developing.

Cordelaine Kline, Iowa City
Diary of a Superhero
"Diary of a Superhero" is an independent feature film being shot throughout the month of June in Iowa City. This film is creatively using an extremely low budget, and despite the project's modest expense, the filmmakers believe it is a large step towards making larger projects in the future for all those involved and for Iowa. Support will come impart from an IAC grant.

Bell Tower Productions, Dubuque
Costumes for "Alice in Wonderland, Jr," a kids-for-kids production
Bell Tower Productions will use grant funds to hire artist Rhonda Bees to create costumes for their summer kids-for-kids musical, "Alice in Wonderland, Jr." this is a full-scale production featuring more than 100 children ages 7 to 18 performing on stage and working backstage in an effort to build confidence, self-esteem and communications skills through the art of theater.

Carey Bostian, Iowa City
The Giant Jam Sandwich
With grant support from the Iowa Arts Council, the Iowa City Community String Orchestra will present two free family concerts on June 7 in the Englert Theatre. These concerts will introduce the audience to the families of the orchestra and include the world premiere of a new work for narrator and orchestra by Iowa native Philip Wharton based on the famous children's book, The Giant Jam Sandwich by John Vernon Lord and Janet Burroway.

IARMAC, Iowa City
Russian-Gypsy Concerts in Iowa City and Cedar Rapids
With IAC grant support, IARMAC's third International Festival of the Russian Seven-string Guitar will offer master classes and concerts, involving renowned international artists. This year's festival will be dedicated to the memory of the great virtuoso on the Russian seven-string guitar, Sergei Orekhov (1935-1998).

Des Moines Carousel Foundation (Heritage Carousel), Des Moines
Painting in the Park, A Collaboration at the Carousel
IAC grant funds will support a collaborative art education activity involving the Heritage Carousel, the Levitt Boys & Girls Club, Art Educator Sandy Gustafson and Des Moines Park & Recreation. It will take place June 6th to June 15th, 2008. The project is a hands-on art experience for children in which they will conceptualize, design, and paint carousel themed murals on picnic tables to be used in the park.

Link Associates, Des Moines
Community Art Connection Music Programs
With an IAC grant to Link Associates, four experiential music programs will bring unique art forms to adults with mental disabilities: Mak Dervo, 9/15/08; Bill Connet, 9/29/08; Fonsiba Koster, 10/30/08 and Stanley Dahl, 11/17/08.

Roosevelt Cultural District, Des Moines
Roosevelt Cultural District Festival Week, Phase 2 (Implementation)
Roosevelt Cultural District Festival Week will use IAC grant funding to support a week-long celebration of the arts and culture found inside and outside the district. Each day features visual and performing arts at various locations throughout the district, along with related family activities.

Katherine Factor, Iowa City
Many Had Parasols-- Twenty New Poems
Poet Katherine Factor will use IAC grant funds to create a significant new body of work. She will write and edit twenty new poems toward completion of her poetry manuscript, Many Had Parasols. Bringing it from an already promising state to a beguiling and publishable book format.