Recently Awarded Grants

Fiscal Year 2008 / Round I

Iowa Arts Council Organization and Arts in Education Grant Awards


The Iowa Arts Council received 78 eligible Mini grant applications for April Round 1 Major grants for FY08 2008 we received a total of $670,959 in requested funds. Of those, 23 were selected for funding, totaling $150,000. Out of a possible score of 44, the highest score of those selected for funding was 44 the lowest at 38.33.

Bosnian Cultural Foundation, Waterloo
KUD Kolo
KUD Kolo is a Balkan Cultural Artistic Troupe from Waterloo. IAC funding will support the group to travel to Bosnia in July to represent the United States Bosnian community (as well as Waterloo, state of Iowa, and U.S.) at the International Teferic Folk Festival. The elite performing group of KUD Kolo is made up of 16 high school and college students. Four adults will accompany the group.

Brian R. Lynner, Des Moines
Hearts of Freedom
Grant funding will support Iowa artists Brian Lynner and Lisa Norris to develop their original Civil War-era musical, Hearts of Freedom, through a workshop production and live recording. The project will result in the creation of a demo CD and a complete libretto and score suitable for publication and submission to producing organizations.

Carol J Carter, Des Moines
Horrace Mann After the Fire and Artifacts of Industry
IAC grant funding will support artist Carol J Carter to produce two exhibits. The first show the month of September 2007 will be at Westminister Presbyterian Church in Des Moines, Ia. It includes 21 images that speak to the loss of an Iowa school to fire. Second show in October will be at Iowa Wesleyan College, Mt Pleasant Ia. It includes 24 images that visually express the changes and losses of Iowa's Industrial culture.

Dance Theatre of Iowa, Fairfield
Les Patineurs Ballet and School Lecture/Demonstrations
With support from this grant Dance Theatre of Iowa, serving rural southeastern Iowa, will present the charming Holiday ballet classic, Les Patineurs (The Skaters), choreographed by Emma Rainey. Four performances at the newly opened Fairfield Arts & Convention Center will be offered in December, and three lecture/demonstrations will be performed at local elementary schools.

Dave Camwell, Indianola
CD Project including the works of Paganini, J.S. Bach, and Iowa composers
With grant support from the Iowa Arts Council, artist Dave Camwell will use funds produce a CD recording that will feature the works of Iowa composers, J.S. Bach and Niccolo Paganini. It will be 50% jazz, and 50% classical music, featuring Camwell as a saxophonist in a variety of musical settings.

Des Moines Metro Opera Inc, Indianola
2008 OPERA Iowa Touring Educational Troupe
During OPERA Iowa's 7-member cast and crew 13-week educational tour, Opera Iowa will present 350 classroom workshops and more than 70 performances of Donizetti's DON PASQUALE and Davies' THE BILLY GOATS GRUFF. Artistic Director Robert L. Larsen and Artistic Administrator Michael Egel will oversee this project supported by a grant from the Iowa Arts Council.

Dubuque Museum of Art, Dubuque
Voices from the Warehouse District - 3
During 2006 the Dubuque Museum of Art mounted a second highly successful Voices from the Warehouse District exhibition. Over 3000 people attended this popular exhibition now a fall staple for eastern Iowa. Through grant funding, the Iowa Arts Council will again partner in this signature event.

Figge Art Museum, Davenport
"Jacob Lawrence: The Migration Series" at the Figge Art Museum
Grant support to the Figge Art Museum is for an exhibition organized by the Phillips Collection of 17 panels of "The Migration Series," the seminal work of Jacob Lawrence, one of the most prominent and respected African-American artists of the 20th century. The 60 panel series describes the mass migration of African-Americans from 1910-1930 to urban centers in the north and involves history, sociology and poetry in a visual narrative

Francesca Soans, Waterloo
Grant funds support REBIRTH. A 30-minute fiction film, written and directed by Francesca Soans and shot on digital video. The film explores the stories of three women--Kalpa, an Indian immigrant, Helen, a Norwegian-American, and Laura, a Mexican-American--providing a complex look at race, religion, and politics in a small town in Iowa.

Iowa Composers Forum, Cedar Rapids
Home Cookin': A Tribute to the Symphonic Music of Iowa Composers

Grant funding will support The Iowa Composers Forum who have joined forces with the Waterloo Cedar Falls Symphony Orchestra to produce a special concert in May of 2008 featuring new orchestral works by four living Iowa Composers.

Iowa Fringe Festival, Des Moines
Iowa Fringe Festival
The Iowa Fringe Festival is a cooperative enterprise for artists to take creative risks in an inspiring and exciting environment for audiences. This 4-day event funded in part by the Iowa Arts Council presents a wide range of experimental, original and seldom-produced performing arts, at an affordable price for patrons.

John Siblik, Fayette
River Weaving
Grant funding will allow artist John Siblik, to produce a temporary public artwork titled River Weaving. It is environmental, conceptual, process orientated, and collaborative. It is made of bound willow branches placed and anchored in a shallow stream. The piece features the willow elements as the warp and the water as the weft. The concept: we are all connected (woven together)and nature can be seen as the fabric

Karin Stein, Kellogg
"Cowboys of the Americas" Orchestral Program
Grant funding will allow artist Karin Stein to create a new, family-oriented folk music and symphony program around the theme of the cowboy throughout the Americas. The program involves the first-time collaboration between my Latin duo "Calle Sur" and the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony Orchestra, with participation of a world-class folk harpist. The project also includes educational outreach and the creation of new orchestral scores.

Nancy L. Purington, Iowa City
Twelve Views of Water
Visual artist Nancy L. Purington will use funding to create and frame photographs and artworks exploring new and expanded approaches/directions/materials in compositions inspired by Mississippi River. Statewide exhibition tour will be developed and sponsored by the Muscatine Art Center available July 2008. Project includes production of full-color, companion, and exhibition catalogue funded by Waterloo Center For The Arts.

Patrick Bloom, Iowa City
Patrick Bloom- Audio recording, manufacturing, and publicity for new CD
Iowa Arts Council funds will support the compact disc audio recording, manufacturing, publicity, and release for Patrick Bloom on Iowa City's Trailer Records. The project will also employ Iowa musicians Bob Black, Amy Finders, Jon Eric, Eric Straumanis, James Robinson, Billy Valencia, and will be produced in Iowa.

Quad City Arts, Rock Island
Quad City Arts' Visiting Artist Series 2007-08
Grant funding will support the 2007-08 Visiting Artist Series to present approximately 250 educational programs to broaden student and adult understanding of the performing arts. The artists are world-renowned musicians, dancers and actors. Free or low-cost public concerts will provide additional community access to these artists.

River Music Experience, Davenport
A Visual & Musical Celebration of Iowa Musicians
The River Music Experience will use grant funds to celebrate Iowa photographer Sandy Dyas, her book "Down to the River" and the Iowa musicians featured in the book. The project includes a music festival featuring some of the musicians pictured in the book, a major book signing event and concert, and an extended exhibition of Sandy's photographs.

Robert John Ford, Des Moines
Caucus! the Musical
CAUCUS! THE MUSICAL is a political satire about Iowa's enormous impact on the presidential selection process. Funding from the IAC will be used to help pay approximately 30 Iowa theatre artists who will present 20 performances of the play to Iowa audiences December 27, 2007 through January 13, 2008.

Stephen Hay, Des Moines
Grant for the Development of New Work
With funding from this Iowa Arts Council grant, Stephen Hay will create a new and significant body of work which is representative of his vision and style. It will be marketable to galleries and allow the artist build a portfolio for submitting entries into local and nationwide exhibitions.

The Iowa Children's Museum, Coralville
Amazing Art Adventures!
Grant funding for The Amazing Art Adventure project will provide unique, interactive art education opportunities to diverse Iowa families. These interactive art experiences delivered by Iowa artists in The Iowa Children's Museum will serve to enrich the lives of museum visitors and help them learn the skills needed to become creative problem solvers.

The University of Iowa, Iowa City
The Joffrey Ballet
Through grant funding The University of Iowa Hancher will present The Joffrey Ballet in free, outdoor performances and movement workshops in five communities-Des Moines, June 29 (not included in this application); Council Bluffs, Bayliss Park, July 1; Muscatine, Weed Park, July 3; Cedar Rapids, Brucemore, July 6; and Iowa City, Hancher green, July 7.

The University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls
Death of a Salesman: Cross-generational Education & Outreach Project
With grant support, the University of Northern Iowa Theatre Department will produce the Arthur Miller American classic, Death of a Salesman, involving professional guest artist alumni in key design and performance roles. Through the hiring of educational specialist, Patrick Elkins-Zeglarski and Sarah Rinner, alumni of the program, the production will focus on cross-generational outreach.

Vesterheim Norwegian American Museum, Decorah
Coming Out of the Woodwork: A Vesterheim Symposium on Norwegian Folk Art
Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum will use grant funding to support a conference held April 18-20, 2008. Focusing especially on woodworking and related traditions, this event will provide an opportunity for folk artists of all levels to learn more about the cultural context, history, and techniques of Norwegian folk art.