Recently Awarded Grants

Fiscal Year 2011 / Mini Grants: December


The Iowa Arts Council received 17 eligible Mini grant applications for the December round. We received a total of $16,008 in requested funds. Of those, 9 were selected for funding, totaling $8,508. Out of a possible score of 40, the highest score of those selected for funding was 39.33 and the lowest was 31.67. All those scoring 30 or above are eligible for funding and were funded.

World of Difference, Grimes
Welcoming Children from Around the World - Citizenship Ceremony, $1,000
CULTURALL will use IAC grant funds to hire Las Guitarras de Mexico to perform at a citizenship ceremony for children. These children, who are becoming US citizens, will have a chance to see that many cultures are valued and celebrated in Iowa at this ceremony designed especially for them.

Cheryl Hayman, Swan
Portrait Bust in Bronze of a Multi-Ethnic Woman, $1,000
Sculptor Cheryl Hayman will use IAC funding to create a portrait bust of a multi-ethnic woman in clay. The portrait will then be case in bronze at Max-Cast in Kalona Iowa.

University of Iowa, Iowa City
Art making and Bookmaking for Second Grade Students, $1,000
The University of Iowa will use IAC funding to provide materials and related costs for the Art making and Bookmaking project in which second grade students will tour the Center for the Book where they will work with artist Islam Aly to accomplish the project.

Heather Davis, Ames
National Convention on Education in the Ceramic Arts, $1,000
Heather Davis will use IAC grant funding to travel to the National Convention on Education in the Ceramic Arts to expand her knowledge of her craft and to incorporate new techniques into her work and that of her students. The Convention is held in Tampa FL from March 29-April 3.

Matthew Coley, Ames
"Running on Empty" CD Recording Project, $1,000
Matthew Coley will use IAC funding to help support a CD recording titled "Running on Empty".  Local musicians will be hired to help with the recording and production of the CD.

Kate Sebeny, Des Moines
Revision of the Novel "Sweaters", $1,000
Kate Sebeny will use IAC grant funding to support the cost for revision of her novel "Sweaters" with the editorial assistance of literary agent Jacques de Spoelberch.

Hawarden Public Library, Hawarden
Read Across America - Puppetry Experience, $880
The Hawarden Public Library will use IAC funding to support the Read Across America project which will include three days of instruction from artist-in-residence puppeteer, Lisa Laird. Ms. Laird will work with students as they read multi-cultural folk tales, to create puppets, write a play and upon completion, perform the play for an audience.

Sac and Fox Tribe of Mississippi in Iowa, Tama
Meskwaki Sewing Crafts Project, $628
The Sac and Fox Tribe of Mississippi in Iowa will use IAC funding for a workshop to instruct adults age 55 and older in the methods of creating traditional Meskwaki style garments. During the workshop the Meskwaki language will be emphasized as an added bonus to participants in an ongoing effort to preserve the language.

Robert Fernandez, Iowa City
Canarium Books West coast Reading Tour, $1,000
Author Robert Fernandez will use IAC grant funding to support the Canarium Books West Coast Reading Tour he take to promote his first book, "We Are Pharaoh".