Recently Awarded Grants

Fiscal Year 2009 / Mini Grants: March


The Iowa Arts Council received 43 eligible Mini grant applications for the 2009 March round. Applicants requested a total of $53,405 for Arts projects. Seventeen projects were funded totaling $21,123. 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 35.33, leaving many worthwhile projects unfunded .

Iowa Composers Forum, Cedar Rapids
Iowa Composers Forum's Nuts and Bolts Festival, $1,500

With IAC grant funding  the Iowa Composers Forum will host a festival in May in Cedar Rapids focusing on business skills needed by composers to make a living; copyright their work; obtain grant funding; and design a website.  The festival will include a concert of living Iowa composers' works at a Retirement Community Center.

Bell Tower Productions, Dubuque
Willy Wonka, Jr., a kids-for-kids production, $1,500

IAC grant funding will help pay for scripts and royalties for our kids-for-kids summer musical. "Willy Wonka, Jr" is a full-scale production that will be expanded in 2009 to include 150 kids ages 7 to 18 performing on stage and working backstage in an effort to build confidence, self-esteem and reading skills through the art of theater.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Iowa, Clive
Stepping Up -  Arts, $1,500
Professional women artists will use IAC grant funds to conduct interactive workshops for 5th and 6th grade girls and their mentors in The Big Brothers Big Sisters program.  The project will allow participants to experience different art forms, explore their creativity, and continue their involvement in the arts in their schools, homes and the community.

Francesca Soans, Waterloo
Music Composition for short film "Rebirth", $1,500
Rebirth is a 30-minute fiction film, written and directed by artist Francesca Soans.  Shot in high-definition video, it explores the experiences of two women in a small town in Iowa.  The film is in the post-production phase.  Grant funds will pay for well-known Iowa composer Tom Bourcier to compose an original music score for the film.

Northwood-Kensett School District , Northwood
Sea Shanties: A singing, songwriting, and social studies adventure, $840
The Northwood-Kensett School District will use IAC grant funds to hire Tom Kastle, singer/songwriter/tall ship captain, will perform a variety of sea shanties for approximately 200 students in grades K-6 and conduct two workshops with students in grades 4-6. Songwriting and simple machines will be the topics.  This correlates with 4th grade science projects about simple machines and 5th-6th grade language arts and social studies projects on the age of exploration.

IARMAC, Iowa City
IARGUS 2009, $1,500
With IAC grant support IARMAC will organize its fourth International Festival of Russian Guitar (IARGUS 2009), offering lectures, master classes, and concerts on the unique Russian 7-string guitar. Highlights will be the first-time visitors from Russia:  Anastasia Bardina, Sergei Rudnev, and Fyodor Kondenko. The concerts and masterclasses will be professionally videotaped for a TV documentary.

Story City Greater Chamber Connection (GCC), Story City
Storytelling at Scandinavian Days, $610
To increase enthusiasm for STORY! Celebrating the Art of Storytelling the Greater Chamber Connection of Story City  will use IAC grant funds to hire Iowa Arts Council artist, Pippa White, to share stories at Story City's community celebration Scandinavian Days, June 5-7th, 2009. Pippa was a featured performer in the schools and on stage at the September 2008 STORY! festival.

Marshalltown Public Library, Marshalltown
Dia de los Niinos/Dia de los Libros (Day of the Child/Day of the Book), $935
On April 30, Marshalltown Public Library will host Di­a de los Ninos/Dia de los Libros (Day of the Child/Day of the Book), celebrating children and the importance of books and storytelling in their lives. IAC grant funds will help pay for the performance of folktales by Eulenspiegel Puppets and their international partner, Eli Portugal, of Jalisco, Mexico will be shared with a variety of children and families throughout the day.

Judy Bales, Fairfield
Artist Attendance at Off The Grid, 2009 International Textile Conference, $800
Judy Bales, fiber artist and public artist, will use IAC grant funds to attend Off The Grid, the 2009 International Surface Design Conference in Kansas City, Missouri.  The conference will take place May 28, 2009 through June 1, 2009.

Iowa Asian Alliance Foundation, West Des Moines
2009 CelebrAsian, 7th Annual Asian Heritage Festival - May 16, 2009, $1,500
With the support of IAC grant funds, the 2009 CelebrAsian, 7th Annual Asian Heritage Festival will showcase the traditional heritage and contemporary contributions of eleven to fifteen Asian communities in Iowa through art, food, demonstrations and other interactive and hands on activities. Ameateur and professional artist will perform or exhibit their work to more than 45,000 festival goers.

Central College Upward Bound Math & Science (UBMS), Pella
Enhancing Student Learning Through Arts Integration, $1,500
Central College Upward Bound will use IAC grant funds to hire artist educator Debby Yellick-Manly to lead students' learning/application of visual literacy skills in preparation for viewing internationally recognized art works in a major Midwestern museum. Ms. Manly will be an equal partner in an interdisciplinary educator team that develops and tests a project-based model for secondary curricular integration.

India Cultural Association of Central Iowa, Ames
Pratima: Reflections - An Indian Classical Dance Performance by Nrityagram, $1,500
With the support of IAC grant funds,  The India Cultural Association of Central Iowa will host a performance by an internationally renowned Indian classical dance ensemble, Nrityagram, of its newest production Pratima: Reflection on Saturday, April 18, during VEISHEA week. This production was commissioned by the Joyce Theater's Stephen and Cathy Weinroth Fund for New Work. Its world premiere was held in February 2008 at the Joyce Theater, New York.

Flying Pig Fiddle & Banjo, Kamrar
Flying Pig Barn Dances, $1,500
Flying Pig Fiddle & Banjo, FTA roster band, will use IAC grant funds to help produce barn dances on May 2 and June 6 at the Des Moines Social Club with expert live dance callers and music played by Iowa musicians. All dances will be taught and the public invited to participate, all ages, no experience necessary.

University of Iowa Graduate Art History Society, Iowa City
Art and Catastrophe; University of Iowa Art History Society Symposium, $1,200
With the support of IAC grant funds, the University of Iowa Graduate Art History Society (AHS) will present its annual symposium, entitled Art and Catastrophe, the 23rd Annual University of Iowa Art History Graduate Symposium, which will be held April 3-4, 2009. The keynote address will be given by David Houston, Chief curator of the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans.

Tom Nothnagle, Iowa City
Evaluation and Consultation in Artist Management, $1,491
Musician Tom Nothnagle will use Iowa Arts Council funding to consult with Jeri Goldstein, nationally known author of How to Be Your Own Booking Agent.  Through her technical guidance he will explore new approaches and directions to his career.

Iowa Homeless Youth Centers, Des Moines
From a Growing Community, Iowa's Homeless Youth, $1,500
Iowa Homeless Youth Centers first time project will use IAC grant funds to produce a reader friendly and approachable book to raise awareness and provide homeless youth the opportunity to share their stories with their surrounding communities. The book will be a mechanism to create a dialogue about this issue in communities across Iowa. Danny Heggen, staff writer, has been leading the project.

Maria Lux, Ames
Custom Framing for Solo Exhibition, $247
Maria Lux will use IAC grant funding to assistance with the cost of custom framing for a series of paintings for my solo exhibition at the Gallery in the Round in Ames, Iowa  (June 6 - August 15, 2009). The frames will be built by local artisan Jay Goss during April and May.