For Immediate Release: September 8, 2008
Contact: Jeff Morgan
Iowa Artist Fellowship Program forum set for Cedar Rapids
Artists invited to offer comments, suggestions
(DES MOINES, Iowa)— The Iowa Arts Council will hold a forum next week in Cedar Rapids to receive comments and suggestions about the creation of an Iowa Artist Fellowship Program.
The forum will be at 5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 15, 2008, at CSPS, 1103 Third St., SE in Cedar Rapids. Legion Arts will host the forum; more information is available at www.legionarts.org or 319-364-1580. Pizza and beverages will be served.
Thirty-five state arts councils in the United States offer artist fellowship programs, which provide direct financial assistance to artists across a range of arts disciplines to recognize exceptional work and support the development of their talents. These competitive awards give artists the financial ability to hone and deepen their craft, and provide recognition and affirmation from their peers and the public.
“Establishing a fellowship program is something the Iowa Arts Council has wanted to do since three artist task forces first met 20 years ago and recommended a fellowship program for Iowa artists,” IAC Arts Programmer Bruce Williams said. “One goal of our current strategic plan is to recognize and support emerging, mid-career and established Iowa artists. This initiative will help us meet this long-desired goal.”
Whether or not artists attend a forum, IAC encourages artists to complete a survey available on www.iowaartscouncil.org.
The results of the survey will be shared with forum participants and included in IAC’s Iowa Arts News e-newsletter.
Some of the issues artists will discuss at the forum include:
- Who should receive a fellowship: an emerging, mid-career or master artist?
- How much support should artists receive to really help them further the development of their talents and career?
- Should there be different levels and types of support for emerging, mid-career and master artists?
- How often should an artist be eligible to receive a fellowship?
A small group of advisors will review information obtained from the survey and the three forums and provide advice and counsel to the Iowa Arts Council regarding program goals, guidelines, and application and review process.
Current advisors include: Mel Andringa, Cedar Rapids; Eloy Barragán, Iowa City; Pieta Brown, Coralville; Lan Samantha Chang, Iowa City; Madai, Fort Dodge; and Cynthia Mercati, Des Moines.
Two additional forums will be held in Des Moines and Storm Lake:
Oct. 13, 2008 – 5 p.m.
State Historical Building, Heritage Classroom (Atrium)
600 E Locust Street.
Des Moines, Iowa 50319
Free parking in the parking ramp, north of the building on Grand Ave
Host: Metro Arts Alliance of Greater Des Moines, www.metroarts.org,
Oct. 14, 2008 – 5 p.m.
Buena Vista University
Social Science and Arts Hall, Room 111
Storm Lake, Iowa 50588
(Bldg. 18 on campus map: www.bvu.edu/only_at_bvu/campus_map.dot)
Visitors can park in parking lot B or D which are accessible on 4th Street between Grand and Early Avenue
Host: Buena Vista University School of Communication and Arts, www.bvu.edu
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.