Recently Awarded Grants

Fiscal Year 2009 / Mini Grants: January


The Iowa Arts Council received 15 eligible Mini grant applications for the January round. Applicants requested a total of $20,811 for Arts projects. Eight projects were funded totaling $10,311. 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 33.33, leaving many worthwhile projects unfunded.

Michael J. Brafford, Johnston
Hawkeye Swing Festival
Iowa Arts Council grant funding will support The Hawkeye Swing Festival, a three-day event that features the world's finest instructors and the region's best social dancers. It includes classes for all levels, free dances with live music, DJs playing vintage jazz and blues, and contests that highlight competitors from all across the region.

Starmont Community School, Arlington
Making the Mold in Art and Industrial Technology
From April 27 through May 1, Artist Joe Gower, do a residency at the Starmont Community School, working with middle and high school students to make molds for both ceramics and metalsmithing.  Amanda Timm, the art teacher and Roger Reed, the industrial technology teacher will start the projects on April 20th and finish on May 5th; Joe will enhance the projects in the middle of the lessons. Iowa Arts Council grant funding will support this project.

Shimek Elementary Before and After School Program, Iowa City
Chinese New Year Celebration
Grant funding will allow the Eulenspiegel Puppet Theater director, Monica Leo, to teach the students and adults of the Shimek Before and After School Program (BASP) how to make a large Dragon puppet. She will bring pre-made parts to be paper mache'd and decorated by the BASP students and adults. She will instruct its manipulation. Students will parade the puppet through the school in a traditional Chinese New Year celebration.

Pieta Brown, Iowa City
Pieta Brown Demos Recording Session w/ Producer Don Was
Iowa Arts Council grant funds will support artist Pieta Brown in her recording session with Grammy Award-winning record producer, Don Was, and fellow Iowa musician, Bo Ramsey. This project is scheduled for February 13 & 14  (at Henson Studios in Los Angeles, CA). In this session they will record 10-12 recently written/composed original songs of the artist in a high quality setting so they can present these professional demos to various  record companies.

University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls
Iowa Days of Percussion
The University of Northern Iowa will use IAC grant funds for the Percussive Arts Society Iowa Chapter's 2009 Iowa Days of Percussion (IDOP) project, set for March 27 and March 28, 2009.  Jazz drummer John Riley and West African drumming specialist Michael Taylor have agreed to perform and present workshops at the festival.

Mary McAdams, Ankeny
Mary McAdams - Pre-production for CD project
Artist Mary McAdams will use IAC grant funds to help with all pre-production activities required for the recording of a 10 song CD of her original compositions. The project will employ an Iowa recording facility and Iowa musicians, engineer and co-producer.  The work will take place over a two-week period in February of 2009.

Lakewood Elementary, Norwalk
The Great State History Play
For a culminating activity to our Iowa History Unit, Lakewood Elementary will use IAS grant funding to hire Fax Gilbert of Fax Gilbert Programs to direct The Great State History Play for our students to perform.  This production will help our 5th grade students make personal connections to Iowa history through this performance.

Bell Tower Productions, Dubuque
Preliminary Marketing for Bell Tower Theater's New Family Series
Iowa Arts Council grant funds will be used to design, produce and distribute preliminary marketing materials for the Bell Tower Theater's brand new "Family Series". This is a series of five events designed to provide high quality family entertainment at an affordable price.