IAC Press Release

For Immediate Release: May 28, 2008

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

Iowa Arts Council Announces Mini Grant Awards

(DES MOINES, Iowa)—The Iowa Arts Council has awarded nearly $15,000 in the May round of Mini Grants to organizations and individuals in Des Moines, Dubuque, Fairfield, Iowa City and Oskaloosa. IAC received 33 eligible applications with requests totaling more than $45,000.

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

“We were able to award a few more Mini Grants this month than normal, because these projects occur in both fiscal year 2008 and fiscal year 2009 (after July 1st).  Still, it’s always a difficult process,” said Mary Sundet Jones, Iowa Arts Council administrator. “There are so many more great arts activities occurring than we can possibly support. The 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 MAY 2008 Mini Grant Awards

Earle Rick, Des Moines
Planning Phase for “The Necessity of Resistance”
$1,500
Artist Earle Rick will begin the planning phase of a four-phase project to build a public sculpture that will be donated to the city of Clinton.

Fine Arts and Cultural Events of Oskaloosa
“Masque of Oskaloosa”
$1,500
Artists Cara Brostrom and Chris Okenberg will research and write short vignettes to be performed by local talent around the historic square during the Oskaloosa Arts Festival June 12-14.

Judy Bales, Fairfield
Visual Research at Washington, D.C.-Area Museums
$820
Artist Judy Bales will travel to Washington, D.C. to visit selected museums and collections of art that are particularly relevant to a new body of work that she is developing.

Cordelaine Kline, Iowa City
“Diary of a Superhero”
$1,500
“Diary of a Superhero” is an independent feature film being shot throughout Iowa City in June. The film is creatively using an extremely low budget and despite the project’s modest expense, the filmmakers believe it is a large step toward making larger projects in the future for all those involved and for Iowa.

Bell Tower Productions, Dubuque
Costumes for “Alice in Wonderland, Jr.,” a Kids-for-Kids Production
$1,250
Artist Rhonda Bees will be hired to create costumes for Bell Tower Productions’ kids-for-kids musical, “Alice in Wonderland, Jr.” The full-scale production will feature more than 100 children ages seven to 18 performing on stage and working backstage in an effort to build confidence, self-esteem and communication skills through the art of theater.

Carey Bostian, Iowa City
“The Giant Jam Sandwich”
$1,500
The Iowa City Community String Orchestra will present two free family concerts June 7 at Englert Theatre. The concerts will introduce the audience to the families of the orchestra and include the world premiere of a new work for narrator and orchestra by Iowa native Philip Wharton based on the famous children’s book, “The Giant Jam Sandwich” by John Vernon Lord and Janet Burroway.

IARMAC, Iowa City
Russian-Gypsy Concerts in Iowa City and Cedar Rapids
$1,500
The International Academy for Russian Music and Culture’s third International Festival of the Russian Seven-String Guitar will offer master classes and concerts, involving renowned international artists. This year’s festival will be dedicated to the memory of Russian seven-string guitar virtuoso Serge Orekhov (1935-1998).

Des Moines Carousel Foundation (Heritage Carousel), Des Moines
Painting in the Park, A Collaboration at the Carousel
$620
Grant funds support a collaborative art education activity involving the Heritage Carousel, the Levitt Boys & Girls Club, art educator Sandy Gustafson and Des Moines Parks & Recreation. The project is a hands-on art experience for children in which they will conceptualize, design and paint carousel themed murals on picnic tables to be used in the park.

Link Associates, Des Moines
Community Art Connection Music Program
$1,500
Four experiential music programs will bring unique art forms to adults with mental disabilities: Mak Dervo, Sept. 15; Bill Connet Sept. 29; Fonsiba Koster Oct. 30 and Stanley Dahl Nov. 17.

Roosevelt Cultural District, Des Moines
Roosevelt Cultural District Festival Week, Phase 2
$1,500
Roosevelt Cultural District Festival Week will use grant funding to support a week-long celebration of the arts and culture found inside and outside the district. Each day features visual and performing arts at various locations throughout the district, along with related family activities.

Katherine Factor, Iowa City
“Many Had Parasols,” 20 New Poems
$1,500
Poet Katherine Factor will create a significant new body of work. She will write and edit 20 new poems toward completion of her poetry manuscript, “Many Had Parasols.”

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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. More information about IAC is available at www.iowaartscouncil.org.