Recently Awarded Grants

Fiscal Year 2009 / Mini Grants: August


The Iowa Arts Council received 33 eligible Mini grant applications for the August round. Applicants requested a total of $43,885 for Arts projects. Eight projects were funded totaling $9300. 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.

Story City Greater Chamber Connection, Story City
STORY! Celebrating the Art of Storytelling
IAC funding will suport 2008 STORY! (September 19-21), This third annual storytelling event, includes nationally recognized tellers Linda Gorham, Pippa White, and Kevin Strauss with Iowa Storytellers, Eugene Fracek, Darren Raleigh & Maureen Korte (latter two IAC listed) and local talent.  Artists will be in area schools, performing concerts, and teaching workshops.

India Cultural Association of Central Iowa, Ames
From Temple to Stage
On September 13, 2008 ICA will host an Odissi dance concert by the renowned dancer and choreographer Ms. Sanchita Bhattacharya in Ames with the help of IAC grant funding.  Odissi is an ancient Indian classical dance form from Orissa in eastern India that reflects the beauty and grace of sculptures carved on the temple walls.

Walters Bruce, Davenport
Lenticular Prints and Website for Halloween Exhibition Poject
Bruce Walters will use IAC grant funds to create a series of graphite drawings and another series of digital paintings as part of a larger Halloween exhibition project. These will be viewable as short animations using the latest lenticular printing process. The two 38"x58" prints will be included in several gallery exhibitions in 2009.The artist  will also create a website showcasing these works and explain the lenticular printing process.

Bianchi Barbara, Clinton
Partake in "Planning Effective Arts-Integrated Residencies for Students"
Barbara Bianchi will enhance her skills as an arts educator and use IAC grant funds to assist  participation in a Seminar presented by The Kennedy Center and UNI Gallagher-Bluedorn.  "Artists as Educators: Planning Effective Arts-Integrated Residencies for Students" will help me design effective, multi-session instructional residencies for students that integrates Found Object Art into Character Education.

Ahovissi Charles, Omaha
Gallagher- Bluedorn & Kennedy Center Professional Development Workshop
Mr. Ahovissi will use IAC grant funds to attend a two day seminar called "Artists as Educators: Planning Effective Residency for the Students," organized by the Iowa Arts Council and Gallagher-Bluedorn. The Kennedy Center workshop will be September 04 and 05, 2008 at AEA267 in Cedar Falls.

Grundy Center Elementary School , Grundy Center
Grundy Co. Elementary Schools Welcome Children's Poet Bruce Lansky
With IAC grant funding the Grundy Center Elementary School will hire Bruce Lansky, children's poet from Minnetonka, Minnesota, to come to three Grundy County elementary schools to present "Giggle Poetry" assemblies and instruction to students in Grundy Center, Conrad, and Dike. On November 11 (evening) he will present to reading teachers at the Grundy Center High School Auditorium.

Williams Mei-Ling Shaw, Iowa City
Artist Studio Space and Time for Mei-ling
Mei-Ling Shaw Williams will use IAC grant funds to rent an artist studio space in Iowa City for one year and arrange for 1 day per week of childcare for her daughter daughter in order to create a new body of solo work, including paintings & sculptures which she intends to show publicly, beginning in the fall of 2009 at the Old Gold Gallery in Chicago, IL.

Barbara Vaske, Des Moines
Artists as Educators:Planning Effective Residencies for Students
Barbara Vaske will use IAC grant funds to participate in a seminar in Cedar Falls in September on planning more effective residencies. It was designed by the John F.Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. The sessions will enable the artist to update her current teaching seminars for schools.