For Immediate Release: September 16, 2008
Contact: Jeff Morgan
Iowa Arts Council Announces Mini Grant Awards
(DES MOINES, Iowa)—The Iowa Arts Council has awarded $8,640 in the September round of Mini Grants to organizations and individuals in Ames, Coralville, Des Moines, Fairfield, Greenfield and Pella. IAC received 13 eligible applications with requests totaling nearly $17,000.
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.
Iowa Arts Council SEPTEMBER 2008 Mini Grant Awards
Nodaway Valley Community School District, Greenfield
Barbara Vaske Artist in Residence
Nodaway Valley Schools & E.E. Warren Opera House will use funding to support the display of Barbara Vaske’s artwork and International Children’s Art Exhibition (ICAE) Nov. 5-28. The residency will take place Nov. 10-14. On Nov. 15, the public can meet Vaske and ICAE winners and view student residency work.
Larassa Kabel, Des Moines
When I Am Not Myself
This IAC grant will fund the creation of eight drawings exploring the ideas of beauty, sexuality and identity.
David Fleming, Fairfield
An Abstract Painter Explores Ceramic Sculpture
David Fleming will continue his recent exploration of organic, hand-built, sculptural ceramic forms by producing a series of 20 or more works of exhibition quality ceramic sculpture; and include images of these in a new section of his Web site. Funds will be used for the costs of studio time, materials, professional critiques, and Web site services.
Central College, Pella
Lakota Sioux Dance Theater
The Lakota Sioux Dance Theater will present a convocation for all first-year students and faculty Nov. 6. They will visit several classes throughout the day and present a public performance that evening.
Coralville Parks & Recreation Department
During the 2008-09 school year, Coralville Parks & Recreation will use this grant to offer free after-school activities for 5th-8th grade students, including weekly hip-hop dance classes led by Nolte Academy of Dance, harmonica lessons by blues musician Kevin Burt, and a drama class led by a recent graduate of the UI cinema department.
Ames Public Library
Fall for Ames Concert Featuring TazBand
A concert featuring an Iowa Blues group, the TazBand, will provide diverse, high quality music for community members to enjoy at a low cost. The concert will reach out to people who may be new to the arts scene.
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.