IAC Press Release

For Immediate Release: June 20, 2008

Contact: Jeff Morgan
Public Relations

Financial assistance available for Iowa artists and art organizations

(DES MOINES, Iowa)—Iowa artists and arts organizations can apply for up to $500 in emergency assistance for costs associated with cleanup and recovery from damage incurred by flooding, tornados, and related incidents.

Individual Iowa artists; nonprofit arts organizations; and local or county government arts organizations are eligible. All applicants must be located in a state and/or federally-declared disaster area. Funds may be used for cleaning, office and storage supplies, replacement of art supplies, or any other recovery-related expenses.

“This funding is available because we received an extension from the National Endowment for the Arts for distributing the Fiscal Year 2008 funds we receive from them,” said Cyndi Pederson, director of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs. “While we know the amount is very small, there are many Iowa artists and arts organizations with immediate, basic needs for things that may not even cost a lot of money. Sometimes a little can go a long ways.”

The 2008 Emergency Arts Relief Application Form is available by contacting Linda Lee at linda.lee@iowa.gov. The form will be available at www.iowaartscouncil.org next week. Applicants should download and complete the form and mail or fax it to:

Emergency Arts Relief
Iowa Arts Council
600 E. Locust St.
Des Moines, IA 50319
Fax: 515-242-6498

Applications will be processed as quickly as possible on a first-come, first-funded basis. Funding is limited.

DCA and its two divisions, the Iowa Arts Council and the State Historical Society of Iowa, are also urging Iowans to report flood, storm and tornado damage to a special email account – CulturalResources.Flooding@iowa.gov – and through upcoming conference calls Tuesday, June 24 and Thursday, June 26 at 1:30 p.m. Iowans should call 866-685-1580 toll-free; the conference code is 5152816320#.

DCA is requesting reports about cultural, historical and art properties and assets that include – but are not limited to – art galleries, art museums, performing art centers, artist’s studios, historic buildings, cemeteries, archaeological sites, artifacts, museum collections and archives.

“We are receiving reports already, but we are urging Iowans to contact us through the special email account and on the conference calls so we can develop a comprehensive report of the damage our cultural, historical and art properties and assets have suffered,” Pederson said. “This information will be critical in determining the financial assistance Iowans will need to recover and rebuild.”

Iowans can also visit www.culturalaffairs.org for technical assistance, disaster response and financial resource information. The information is directed primarily to cultural, historical and art organizations and historic property owners, but can also be applied to most dwellings and collections. Examples of information include:

The Web site also offers directions for applying for emergency Historic Resource Development Program grants.

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The Iowa Arts Council is a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs and works to enrich the quality of life and learning in Iowa communities by encouraging excellence in the arts through leadership, grants and technical assistance. Funding for the Iowa Arts Council and its programs is provided by the State of Iowa and the National Endowment for the Arts.