IAC Press Release

For Immediate Release: August 8, 2008

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


Iowa Arts Council funds help the arts get back to work

NEA-funded support for disaster-affected Iowa artists and arts organizations

(DES MOINES, Iowa)—Iowa artists and arts organizations impacted by storm damage this year can now apply for “Iowa Arts: Back to Work” funding.

The “Iowa Arts: Back to Work” application is now available at www.iowaartscouncil.org . Funds for the program come from the National Endowment for the Arts and are being made available as grants and stipends ranging from $3,000 to $6,000.

“Iowa needs its artists and arts organizations to get back to work,” Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs Director Cyndi Pederson said. “They’re too important to the cultural and economic life of our state to be sidelined by the weather disasters we’ve had this year. Every time a play is produced, a symphony goes on stage, or a painter starts work on a new canvas, it means professionals are working, marketplace transactions are occurring, and – most of all – our quality of life is enriched.”

Examples of fundable expenses may include rental fees to conduct programming in unscheduled locations; off-site storage of materials and collections; or hiring temporary staff to assist with organizing records, inventory and business planning.

Disaster-affected Iowa artists and Iowa arts organizations that are nonprofit (504 and 504A) and federally tax-exempt (501(c)(3)) and located in a state and/or federally-declared disaster area are eligible to apply for these funds.

A second IAC program – the 2008 Emergency Arts Relief program, which provides small stipends and grants of up to $500 for immediate recovery needs – has been depleted.

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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 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.