IAC Press Release

For Immediate Release: March 18, 2008

Contact: Jeff Morgan
Public Relations

Teaching and performing artist roster applications due April 1

(DES MOINES, Iowa)— The deadline for individuals and groups to apply to be on the Iowa Arts Council teaching and performing artists rosters is 4:30 p.m., April 1, 2008.

Applications and all supporting materials must be received in the IAC office at 600 E. Locust Street, Des Moines, Iowa 50319 by the deadline. Applications and guideline information are available at http://www.iowaartscouncil.org/publications_&_resources/directories_&_rosters/index.htm or by contacting Sarah Ekstrand at sarah.ekstrand@iowa.gov.  Rosters can be viewed on IAC’s Web site at  http://roster.iowaartscouncil.org/.

Individuals and groups on the performing roster are excellent and experienced artists available to communities, schools and other venues. Applicants for IAC grants often look first to this roster when seeking performing artists.

The roster lists individuals and groups who work in a number of disciplines including folk and traditional arts, interdisciplinary and performance art, literature, music, music theatre, opera and theatre.

IAC compiles the teaching roster to help sponsors identify artists who are pre-approved to work in Artists in Schools & Communities (AISC) Residencies and other arts education activities. A peer panel evaluates each roster applicant for artistic and instructional abilities and achievements.

“This is a great tool for artists because their inclusion in this roster makes them eligible for a wide range of projects created by sponsors who must use the roster when applying for certain Iowa Arts Council grants,” IAC Administrator Mary Sundet Jones said. “Being represented on the teaching artists roster, however, does not guarantee work for these artists. Sponsors make their own selections from the roster, so we strongly encourage rostered artists to market their services to schools and organizations.”

Rostered teaching artists are eligible to be hired for AISC Residencies, a program funded by IAC Major and Mini Grants that brings professional teaching artists into Iowa schools and communities. Applicants for the IAC’s EZ 1-2-3 Arts in Education grants must also use artists from the teaching artists roster.

Artists applying for either roster are interviewed and auditioned by panels of artists, arts professionals, teachers and presenters. The interviews will take place on May 14th in Des Moines at the State Historical Building.

 Applicants are required to travel to Des Moines at their own expense for the audition/interview. Applicants unable to attend the interview or be auditioned will not be reviewed.

More information is available at www.iowaartscouncil.org or by contacting Sarah Ekstrand at Sarah.Ekstrand@iowa.gov or 515-281-4657.


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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. Please visit www.iowaartscouncil.org for more information.