IAC Press Release

For Immediate Release: September 2, 2008

Contact: Jeff Morgan
Public Relations
515.281.3858
Jeff.Morgan@iowa.gov


Iowa Arts Council Announces August Mini Grant Awards

(DES MOINES, Iowa)—The Iowa Arts Council has awarded nearly $9,300 in the August round of Mini Grants to organizations and individuals in Ames, Clinton, Davenport, Des Moines, Grundy Center, Iowa City, Omaha and Story City. IAC received 33 eligible applications with requests totaling more than $43,000.

Mini Grants are awarded each month, and applicants may request up to $1,500 in funding, which they must match.

“Mini Grant reviews are becoming more and more difficult – it’s always been competitive, but in the past three months we’ve had 50% more applications, on average, than in the same three months a year ago,” said Mary Sundet Jones, Iowa Arts Council administrator. “There are so many more great arts activities occurring than we can possibly support. The good news is that arts are alive and well in Iowa.”

Applications for Mini Grants must be received the first working day of the month before the intended activity begins. More information and application guidelines and rules can be viewed at www.iowaartscouncil.org.

The Iowa Arts Council is a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs and works to enrich the quality of life for Iowans through support of the arts. Funding for the Iowa Arts Council and its programs is provided by the State of Iowa and the National Endowment for the Arts. Please visit www.iowaartscouncil.org for more information.

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Iowa Arts Council August 2008 Mini Grant Awards

Story City Greater Chamber Connection
STORY! Celebrating the Art of Storytelling
$1,500

The 3rd Annual STORY!, September 19-21, includes nationally recognized storytellers Linda Gorham, Pippa White, and Kevin Strauss with Iowa storytellers, Eugene Fracek, Darren Raleigh, Maureen Korte and local talent. Artists will be in area schools, performing concerts, and teaching workshops.

India Cultural Association of Central Iowa, Ames
From Temple to Stage
$1,500

The India Cultural Association will host an Odissi dance concert by the renowned dancer and choreographer Ms. Sanchita Bhattacharya in Ames Sept. 13. Odissi is an ancient Indian classical dance form from Orissa in eastern India that reflects the beauty and grace of sculptures carved on the temple walls.

Bruce Walters, Davenport
Lenticular Prints and Web Site for Halloween Exhibition Project
$1,500

Bruce Walters will use IAC grant funds to create a series of graphite drawings and another series of digital paintings as part of a larger Halloween exhibition project. These will be viewable as short animations using the latest lenticular printing process. The two 38” x 58” prints will be included in several gallery exhibitions in 2009.The artist will also create a website showcasing these works and explaining the lenticular printing process.

Barbara Bianchi, Clinton
Partake in “Planning Effective Arts-Integrated Residencies for Students”
$1,500

Barbara Bianchi will enhance her skills as an arts educator and use IAC grant funds to attend in a seminar presented by The Kennedy Center and UNI Gallagher-Bluedorn. “Artists as Educators: Planning Effective Arts-Integrated Residencies for Students” will help Bianchi design effective, multi-session instructional residencies for students that integrates found object art into character education.

Charles Ahovissi, Omaha
Gallagher-Bluedorn & Kennedy Center Professional Development Workshop
$500

Charles Ahovissi will use IAC grant funds to attend a two-day seminar called “Artists as Educators: Planning Effective Residency for the Students,” organized by the Iowa Arts Council and Gallagher-Bluedorn. The Kennedy Center workshop will be September 4-5, 2008 in Cedar Falls.

Grundy Center Elementary School
Grundy County Elementary Schools Welcome Children’s Poet Bruce Lansky
$1,000

The Grundy Center Elementary School will hire Bruce Lansky, children’s poet from Minnetonka, Minn., to come to three Grundy County elementary schools and present “Giggle Poetry” assemblies and instruction to students in Grundy Center, Conrad, and Dike. Nov. 11 he will present to teachers at the Grundy Center High School Auditorium.

Mei-Ling Shaw Williams, Iowa City
Artist Studio Space and Time for Mei-Ling
$1,500

Mei-Ling Shaw Williams will use IAC grant funds to rent an artist studio space in Iowa City for one year and arrange for one day per week of childcare for her daughter in order to create a new body of solo work, including paintings and sculptures which she intends to show publicly, beginning in the fall of 2009 at the Old Gold Gallery in Chicago, Ill.

Barbara Vaske
Artists as Educators: Planning Effective Residencies for Students
$300

Barbara Vaske will use IAC grant funds to participate in a seminar in Cedar Falls in September on planning more effective residencies. It was designed by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. The sessions will enable the artist to update her current teaching seminars for schools.

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