IAC Press Release

For Immediate Release: May 12, 2009

Contact: Jeff Morgan
Public Relations

Lt. Governor Judge Announces 32 Arts Grants Totaling $295,600

Iowa’s cultural arts support quality of life, educational opportunities and job growth

(DES MOINES, Iowa) — Lt. Governor Patty Judge today announced nearly $300,000 in arts grants that create jobs for artists, provide hands-on arts opportunities for children, and enrich the quality of life in communities across Iowa.

The Iowa Arts Council awarded 32 Major Grants totaling $295,600 to artists and organizations in 20 Iowa communities for projects that emphasize artistic excellence, service to Iowans, and solid project planning and implementation.

“The arts have a vital and significant role in Iowa’s future,” Lt. Governor Judge said. “They create jobs and business opportunities for Iowans, bring in tourists from across the country and foster a greater sense of identity in the places where we live. The projects supported by these grants are tremendously exciting, ranging from chamber music to edgy visual art, and from community-wide events to very focused individual projects. I continue to be amazed by the rich creativity that exists in Iowa.”

IAC’s Major Grants deliver the arts to Iowans through a range of programs and educational outreach, and are awarded to schools, individuals, arts organizations and community organizations across Iowa. They are reviewed in seven categories, including:

IAC received 109 eligible Major Grant applications requesting $995,690 for arts projects occurring in fiscal year 2010 (July 1, 2009-June 30, 2010). Each applicant could request up to $10,000 in matching funds but no more than 50 percent of the project’s total expenses.

Today’s announcement marks the only phase of IAC Major Grant funding for fiscal year 2010. In February, IAC canceled a second round of Major Grant applications scheduled for October 2009 to reduce costs associated with the review process.

“Major Grants are usually awarded twice a year,” IAC Administrator Mary Sundet Jones said. “For the 2010 fiscal year, we required all applicants to submit their material this spring to save the administrative costs of running a second round of Major Grant reviews in the fall.”

Lt. Governor Judge has made promotion of the arts one of her top priorities in office.  She has traveled across the state to recognize the artistic talents of Iowans.  In addition, through her Iowa Artists Showcase, emerging artists are given an opportunity to display their works in the State Capitol, which are seen by thousands of visitors each month.

The following projects were awarded IAC Major Grant funding this spring:

Recipient:  Steven Hernstadt
Grant Amount:  $8,800
Title of Project:  Incision
Description:  ISU will use IAC grant funds to hire artist Steven Hernstadt to create a series of forged steel objects discussing “the difference between a wound and an incision is not the tool but the intent.” These objects will be incised recycled steel and metal slabs with precious metal/prosthetic covering accompanied by handmade/forged edged tools in scales from miniature surgical tools to larger “weapons.” The incision may be psychological or physical.

Recipient:  Iowa State Center
Grant Amount:  $9,900
Title of Project:  Arts for Everyone
Description:  Iowa State Center will use IAC grant funding to help support intensive outreach programs offered to at-risk youth and families in connection with public performances by Aquila Theatre, Boston Brass and Luna Negra Dance troupe (appearing with Turtle Island String Quartet). Online resources will extend the reach of arts learning to even more families.

Recipient:  Mary McAdams
Grant Amount:  $7,800
Title of Project:  Manufacture, Distribution and Publicity for a New Album
Description:  Artist Mary McAdams will use IAC grant support to manufacture, distribute and market a new body of original musical works. The project will employ an Iowa graphic designer, Web designer and McAdams. The work will take place over a 12-month period beginning July 1, 2009.

Cedar Falls
Recipient:  University of Northern Iowa
Grant Amount:  $9,900
Title of Project:  Guest Residency of Artist Cat Chow
Description:  The UNI Arts Consortium is organizing an artist residency for Cat Chow, an Asian-American artist who works with unconventional materials to create wearable art and sculptures. IAC grant funds support the residency, which includes a solo exhibition, costume designs for a UNI Theatre show, and varied workshops with UNI students, local families and children.

Cedar Falls
Recipient:  Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony Orchestra
Grant Amount:  $9,900
Title of Project:  Commission and World Premiere Performance with High School Students
Description:  The WCFSO will use IAC grant funds to commission and present the World Premiere of a classical work by Iowa-born composer Philip Wharton. In addition, Wharton and the WCFSO will collaborate with seven area high schools on several educational initiatives, including a side-by-side performance with students and WCFSO musicians.

 Cedar Rapids
Recipient:  Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre
Grant Amount:  $9,900
Title of Project:  Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre:  “Salome” (R. Strauss), IPTV broadcast & DVD
Description:  IAC grant funding will be used to support performances of “Salome” (R. Strauss) at Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center (January 15 and 17, 2010) in Cedar Falls. The production will be filmed in HD and broadcast statewide, open captioned, by Iowa Public Television; a DVD will be made in collaboration with the Iowa Film Commission. Featured Iowa-born opera singers include Dennis Petersen, Katharine Goeldner and Kelly Cae Hogan.

Recipient:  Michael S. Cash
Grant Amount:  $3,500
Title of Project:  The Dragon with the Three Golden Feathers
Description:  Artist Michael Cash will use IAC grant funding to complete a feature length animation. The project’s first phases were funded by a previous grant from the Iowa Arts Council in 2008.

Council Bluffs
Recipient:  Margaret LaBounty
Grant Amount:  $4,200
Title of Project:  Stone Quarry Hill Art Park Installation: “A Forest of Totems”
Description:  Margaret LaBounty has been invited to participate as one of three artists in the 2009 program at Stone Quarry Hill Art Park located in Cazenovia, New York. With support from this IAC grant, she will sculpt and install 20 high-fired clay totems in a natural setting titled “A Forest of Totems within a Forest – Another Layer to a Path Well Worn.”

Des Moines
Recipient:  Civic Center of Greater Des Moines
Grant Amount:  $9,900
Title of Project:  Family Theater Series
Description:  The Civic Center, in partnership with the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra and other community partners, will use IAC grant funds to launch a new series of live, professional theater performances for families with children ages 4-10. All performances will include associated “Discovery Parties” and will be offered at a movie ticket-like price of $10.

Des Moines
Recipient:  Employee & Family Resources, Inc. (EFR)
Grant Amount:  $9,900
Title of Project:  Every Family Rocks! The Des Moines Family Music Festival
Description:  Through music and the arts, “Every Family Rocks! The Des Moines Family Music Festival” will celebrate families and the richness of life in Iowa. The event’s family-oriented, diverse music and hands-on art activities will facilitate understanding and communications within families and among all attendees, thereby enriching them and our communities.

Des Moines
Recipient:  Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa
Grant Amount:  $9,900
Title of Project:  Biz SmARTs! Entrepreneurship in the Arts Camp
Description:  Biz SmARTs will use IAC grant funds to teach girls ages 9-17 how to become successful entrepreneurs while inspiring them as artists. Biz SmARTs is a summer day camp, Aug. 3-7, 2009. It is co-presented by Girl Scouts and the University of Iowa’s Jacobson Institute for Youth Entrepreneurship. Biz SmARTs will take place at the Des Moines Art Center, Botanical Center, Pappajohn Higher Education Center and Sticks, Inc.

 Des Moines
Recipient:  Hoover High School
Grant Amount:  $9,900
Title of Project:  Journey to Japan
Description:  With a grant from IAC, the Des Moines Hoover High School Band will travel to Kofu and Tokyo, Japan, in March 2010 to perform with the bands of Kofu First Senior High School and Yokohama International School. The joint ensemble with work with and perform a work by world-renowned Japanese composer Jun Nagao.

Des Moines
Recipient:  Iowa Shakespeare Experience
Grant Amount:  $9,900
Title of Project:  ShakesFair: Free Fare, Plein Aire, and On Air!
Description:  The Iowa Shakespeare Experience will use IAC grant support to help fund 18 artist positions involved in creating the first season of a free, annual Central Iowa Shakespeare Festival. IAC artist Lorenzo Sandoval creates innovative Shakespeare adaptations (some Spanish-infused). Components include: main stage, traveling outreach and statewide radio plays. The entire festival fosters 144 new artist positions.

Des Moines
Recipient:  Metro Arts Alliance
Grant Amount:  $9,900
Title of Project:  ArtSmart
Description:  ArtSmart is a new program that provides after-school arts activities for middle school students. IAC grant funding will allow Metro Arts Alliance to hire Iowa artists from multiple disciplines to conduct five-week workshop sessions at three or more Des Moines area middle schools, with in-depth activities designed to help students explore creativity and self-expression through the arts.

Des Moines
Recipient:  StageWest Theater Company
Grant Amount:  $9,900
Title of Project:  StageWest – A Season of Premieres
Description:  StageWest will use IAC grant funds to present a season of five theatrical productions of contemporary theater to include: “Forbidden Broadway,” “Dead Man’s Cell Phone,” “Almost, Maine,” “Torch Song Trilogy” and “Beyond the Rainbow,” a co-production with the Des Moines Playhouse. All productions are Iowa or central Iowa premieres and will feature Iowa artists.

Recipient:  Bell Tower Productions
Grant Amount:  $8,400
Title of Project:  Annie, Jr., a kids-for-kids production
Description:  IAC grant funding will be used for the pre-production of Bell Tower Productions’ summer kids-for-kids musical, “Annie, Jr.,” which is a full-scale production that offers more than 150 kids ages 7-18 the opportunity, free of charge, to perform on stage and work backstage to build confidence, self-esteem and communications skills through the art of theater.

Recipient:  Dubuque Art Center
Grant Amount:  $9,900
Title of Project:  Doors to Sustainability
Description:  The Dubuque Art Center will use IAC grant funding for a project that re-purposes doors salvaged from the Historic Roshek Building rehabilitation project into public art. Local artists chosen by an experienced selection committee will create works of art on salvaged doors. These doors will be displayed in a public exhibition, then as public art throughout the community. A free podcast will create a walking tour, giving information about each door.

Recipient:  Jefferson County Trails Council
Grant Amount:  $9,900
Title of Project:  Art Enhancements for Bridge over Highway One: Phase II
Description:  Jefferson County Trails Council will use IAC grant funding for the fabrication and installation of art enhancements for the trail approaches at the Highway One Trail Bridge in Fairfield. Public artist Judy Bales is currently working with the Jefferson County Trails Council (JCTC) and local fabricators to complete the design phase of the project.

Recipient:  Des Moines Metro Opera, Inc.
Grant Amount:  $9,900
Title of Project:  OPERA Iowa touring Educational Troupe
Description:  During OPERA Iowa’s 10-member cast and crew’s 13-week educational tour, Opera Iowa will use IAC grant funds to present 350 classroom workshops and more than 70 performances of Rossini’s “The Barber of Seville” and Michael Patterson’s “A Dream Fulfilled: The Saga of George Washington Carver.” Artistic Director Robert L. Larsen and Artistic Administrator Michael Egel will oversee the project.

 Iowa City
Recipient:  Cyndi Coyne
Grant Amount:  $9,900
Title of Project:  Miles & Miles
Description:  Cyndi Coyne will use IAC grant funding to write a book based on her life experiences. The title of her memoir is “Miles and Miles,” which will consist of several autobiographical pieces written in nonfiction prose. The pieces will connect thematically, exploring the events of her early childhood, her teenage years and the transitions that led to her odyssey as an artist.

Iowa City
Recipient:  Riverside Theatre
Grant Amount:  $9,900
Title of Project:  The Diary of Anne Frank
Description:  Riverside Theatre and Cornell College will team up in a production of “The Diary of Anne Frank.” Funding will support hiring Iowa artists and marketing efforts for the production.

 Iowa City
Recipient:  Sue Hettmansperger
Grant Amount:  $9,900
Title of Project:  Public Art Painting Mural for Kirkwood Community College
Description:  Artist Sue Hettmansperger will use IAC grant funds to create a public art mural of paintings that personify the stated principles of Kirkwood Community College: technology and innovation, lifelong learning, creative critical thinking, social sciences and human culture. The artwork will be sited in an atrium of the building complex Cedar Hall in Cedar Rapids Iowa.

Recipient:  Red Cedar Chamber Music
Grant Amount:  $9,700
Title of Project:  A Dvorak Sighting: After the Flood
Description:  Red Cedar Chamber Music will use IAC grant funding for a project titled “A Dvorak Sighting: After the Flood,” in which 24 educational events and concerts will bring new chamber music by Iowa composer Harvey Sollberger (inspired by Dvorak’s 1893 Spillville, Iowa, visit) in January-April 2010 to Eastern Iowa communities in the aftermath of the Flood ’08. Musicians include three Iowa artists.

Mount Vernon
Recipient:  Iowa Choral Directors Association
Grant Amount:  $9,900
Title of Project:  2009 ICDA Summer Convention & Symposium
Description:  The ICDA Summer Convention brings together hundreds of choral directors from around the state to Mason City to learn and explore new ways to teach, conduct and rehearse choral ensembles. With grant support from IAC, choral leaders and guest performers from Iowa and the nation will share their expertise.

Recipient:  Muscatine Symphony Orchestra Association
Grant Amount:  $9,900
Title of Project:  Musical Images of Historic Muscatine: Composer Commission Project
Description:  The Muscatine Symphony Orchestra will use IAC grant funds to commission Iowa composer Tracey Rush to write an orchestral piece of substantial length that will evoke in musical terms a sense of place and local historical significance. The performance of the music will complement a simultaneous showing of selected historic images by famed Muscatine photographer Oscar Grossheim.

Recipient:  Central College
Grant Amount:  $9,900
Title of Project:  Theatre of Sound Artist Residency and Performance
Description:  A Theatre of Sound residency, Sept. 14-19, 2009, will use IAC grant funds to provide workshops led by Michael Bashaw, artistic director, to create a collaborative sound sculpture with first year students and end with performances Sept. 17-18.

Rock Island
Recipient:  Ballet Quad Cities
Grant Amount:  $9,900
Title of Project:  The Ugly Duckling: A Message of Acceptance Told in Dance
Description:  In April 2010, Ballet Quad Cities will use IAC grant funding to premiere its new production of “The Ugly Duckling” in three Iowa communities: Davenport, Bettendorf and Muscatine. More than 3,000 children will be introduced to live professional ballet performance and the message of accepting differences.

Rock Island
Recipient:  Quad City Arts
Grant Amount:  $9,900
Title of Project:  Quad City Arts’ Visiting Artist Series
Description:  Quad City Arts will use IAC grant funding to support the 2009-2010 Visiting Artist Series in presenting approximately 210 educational programs to broaden student and adult understanding of the performing arts. The artists are world-renowned musicians, dancers and actors. Free or low-cost public concerts will provide additional community access to these artists.

Storm Lake
Recipient:  United Community Health Center, Inc.
Grant Amount:  $9,900

Title of Project:  United Through the Arts
Description:  United Through the Arts utilizes the arts as a vehicle to celebrate community and support cultural understanding. It connects area artists, organizations and residents and uses cultural histories to assist a community to evolve. The public artwork, permanently installed in UCHC’s new facility, will be an ongoing medium to educate and cultivate an understanding of diversity.

 Strawberry Point
Recipient:  Mike Knox
Grant Amount:  $9,900
Title of Project:  Cultural Diversity Through Ceramic Arts
Description:  Professional artist Mike Knox and Seung Duck, a cultural advisor in Korea, will use IAC grant funding to build a Korean-inspired kiln. The building of the kiln will allow Knox to grow as an artist and serve Iowa communities and schools that aid in its construction. The project will help get people involved directly with a culturally diverse process and help them further understand the importance of art in daily life.

Recipient:  Cedar Valley Chamber Music Festival
Grant Amount:  $7,400
Title of Project:  2009 Cedar Valley Chamber Music Festival
Description:  The Cedar Valley Chamber Music Festival (CVCMF) provides intimate, educational and affordable chamber music concerts of high quality at venues throughout the Cedar Valley each summer. The concerts are interactive and multimedia, featuring artists with strong Iowa connections in programs that connect audiences with the history and culture of the Cedar Valley.

West Branch
Recipient:  Keith Reins
Grant Amount:  $8,200
Title of Project:  The Beggarmen, 3rd CD
Description:  The eclectic Celtic band, The Beggarmen, will produce its third CD. IAC grant funds will be used to pay musicians’ salaries for recording, mixing, writing copy (for CD insert), graphic design of CD packaging and promotion. The Beggarmen are Iowa musicians Brad Pouleson, Tara Dutcher, Joe Dutcher and Keith Reins.

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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. More information at www.iowaartscouncil.org.