Recently Awarded Grants

Fiscal Year 2011 / Mini Grants: February


The Iowa Arts Council, a Division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, received 22 eligible Mini grant applications for the February round. We received a total of $21,900 in requested funds. Of those, 10 were selected for funding, totaling $9,500.  Out of a possible score of 40, the highest score of those selected for funding was 39.33 and the lowest was 31.00.

Gregory Oakes, Ames
Solo Performance at Berlin's MaerzMusik Festival, $1,000
Gregory Oakes will use IAC grant funding for travel costs to do a solo performance at Berlin's MaerzMusik Festival. The festival is one of the most prestigious assemblies of contemporary music performances in the world.

Keith Lemley, Iowa City
Installation at Public Space One, Iowa City, $1,000
IAC grant funding will allow sculptor and installation artist Keith Lemley to create new work for a show at Public Space One, Iowa City at the end of March going into the first part of April, 2011.

University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls
Urinetown: The Musical, $1,000
The University of Northern Iowa will use IAC funding to hire Joel Waggoner as the Musical Director for it's upcoming production of Urinetown: The Musical. Mr. Waggoner will begin work on March 1.  The performances take place April 15-23.

Nicholas Twemlow, Iowa City
Building a Presence for the Short Video Work, The Laying on of Hands, $1,000
Film maker Nicholas Twemlow will use IAC grant fund to submit his short film, "The Laying on of Hands" to regional, national, and international film and video festivals. He will also enhance his website and put together print and electronic press kits in support of the film.

Repertory Theatre of Iowa, Des Moines
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof - a play by Tennessee Williams, $1,000
The Repertory Theatre of Iowa will hire actor Richard Maynard for his performance in "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof"  - a play by Tennessee Williams. The play will be preformed April 29 through May 15 at the Viking Theatre on the campus of Grandview College.

Stephanie Patterson, Iowa City
Bringing the Works of Young Composers to the Ears of Their Own Generation, $500
Performing Bassoonist Stephanie Patterson will use IAC grant funds to commission two composers to write pieces for bassoon and will be performed at a music series later this year. The series  will cater to a young audience. The new pieces will help to bridge the gap between classical and pop music, and redefine music for this younger generation.

Mike Czagany, Iowa City
An Introduction to Venantius Fortunatus for School Children, $1,000
Mike Czagany, a creative writer will use IAC grant funding to complete edits on a hybrid manuscript titled: "An Introduction to Venantius Fortunatus for School Children".

Patrick Haas, Iowa City
New Poetry: What Do We Do With All This Space, $1,000
Patrick Haas will use IAC grant funds to do research for a series of new poems titled: "What Do We Do With All This Space". The subject matter of this new work will be landscapes and people.

Judy Bales, Fairfield
Stage Design: Fabric Terrains, $1,000
Judy Bales will use IAC grant funding to create three large scale textile stage designs which will later be incorporated in to a costume and dance performance which she will direct.

Iowa Western College, Council Bluffs
Berenstain Bears in Family Matters, the Musical, $1,000
The Arts Center at Iowa Western Community College will use IAC grant funding for a portion of the artist fees of Theatre Works USA, in two performances of the "Berenstain Bears in Family Matters, the Musical". Both performances are part of the 2010-2011 Youth Series which provides free performing arts opportunities to area students.