IAC Press Release

For Immediate Release: June 2, 2010

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

Polly Carver-Kimm
Governor’s Office
515.281.0173
polly.carver-kimm@iowa.gov

Lt. Governor Judge Announces 34 Arts Grants Totaling $288,600

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

(DES MOINES, Iowa) — Lt. Governor Patty Judge today announced nearly $290,000 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 34 Major Grants totaling $288,600 to artists and organizations in 16 Iowa communities and Omaha for projects that emphasize service to Iowans, artistic excellence and solid project planning and implementation.

“The arts have a vital and significant role in Iowa’s future because 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,” Lt. Governor Judge said. “These grants are supporting projects that are tremendously exciting, and I continue to be amazed and inspired 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 five categories, including: Artists, Arts in Education, Folk & Traditional Arts, Organizations, and Public Art.

IAC received 120 eligible Major Grant applications requesting $1,049,503 for arts projects occurring in fiscal year 2011 (July 1, 2010-June 30, 2011). Each applicant could request up to $10,000 in matching funds but no more than 50 percent of the project’s total expenses.

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:

Ames
Recipient: Iowa State Center
Grant Amount: $9,500
Title of Project: World Culture (Dance and Music) Outreach
Description: Iowa State Center will use IAC grant funding to support an outreach project that offers world culture performances and enhancements with a dance class. The audience will connect the music and dance to other ethnic identities: folklore in Bahia dance and the southern and political song tradition.

Ames
Recipient: Reiman Gardens
Grant Amount: $9,500
Title of Project: “Big Bugs” exhibit
Description: Reiman Gardens will use IAC grant funding to lease and exhibit 10 sculptures from the David Rogers’ “Big Bugs” exhibit. The grant will assist in funding the exhibit for the month of June 2011. These larger-than-life sculptures will be displayed throughout the 14-acre facility as the main attraction of the 2011 theme year “Insects!”

Cedar Rapids
Recipient: Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre
Grant Amount: $9,500
Title of Project: Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre: “Tosca” (G. Puccini) with live IPR broadcast
Description: IAC grant funds will be used to support performances of “Tosca” (G.Puccini) at Theatre Cedar Rapids (Jan. 14 & 16, 2011) in Cedar Rapids. The production will be broadcast live statewide by Iowa Public Radio.

Cedar Rapids
Recipient: Cedar Rapids Symphony Orchestra Association, Inc.
Grant Amount: $9,500
Title of Project: BRUCEMORCHESTRA! – An Out of this World Experience
Description: IAC grant funding will help support the Cedar Rapids Symphony Orchestra Association during its 2010-2011 season with “BRUCEMORCHESTRA! – An Out of this World Experience,” a significant community event involving the full orchestra. The concert will be held on the lawn of Brucemore, a National Trust Historic Site, in September 2010.

Cedar Rapids
Recipient: Glenn Freeman
Grant Amount: $6,900
Title of Project: Travel to begin work on a third book of poems
Description: Glenn Freeman will use the Iowa Arts Council grant to begin work on his third collection of poems about travel, landscape and memory. Freeman will spend two weeks as an artist-in-residence at parks and writers retreats in different regions of the country to help generate new poems.

Cedar Rapids
Recipient: Iowa Art Works, Inc.
Grant Amount: $8,500
Title of Project: Children’s Summer Camps at the Ceramics Center
Description: The Ceramics Center will offer 18 one-week camps and six four-week camps involving clay, glass and mixed media for grades 1-8 from July through August. These camps will be taught by professional art educators from the greater Cedar Rapids area. An IAC grant fund supports this project.

Cedar Rapids
Recipient: Legion Arts
Grant Amount: $9,500
Title of Project: Landfall Festival of World Music
Description: Sept. 22-26, 2010, Legion Arts will present the third annual Landfall Festival of World Music in downtown Cedar Rapids. An IAC grant will, in part, help fund the four-day event featuring eight free concerts by musicians from a dozen countries and all regions of the globe along with films, parades, lecture-demonstrations, school programs and other events.

Cedar Rapids
Recipient: Linn County
Grant Amount: $9,100
Title of Project: Public Art in Linn County
Description: With the support of an IAC grant, Linn County will hire Via Partnership, LLP, to support and advise the development of a public art program and project management of public art selection and installation in Linn County.

Clare
Recipient: Stacia Allen
Grant Amount: $9,500
Title of Project: Farmer
Description: Stacia Allen will use IAC grant funds to produce “Farmer,” a short film that tells the story of a man as he struggles through the foreclosure of his generations-old family farm during the debt crisis of the 1980s. This film is representational of the struggles faced in a financial crisis. It will employ Iowans and help stimulate the local economy.

Council Bluffs
Recipient: Arts Center at Iowa Western Community College
Grant Amount: $9,500
Title of Project: Hot 8 Brass Band Public Performance and Student Demonstration
Description: The Arts Center at Iowa Western Community College will use IAC grant funding to present the Hot 8 Brass Band April 8, 2011.  Born and raised in New Orleans, Hot 8 Brass Band brings its hometown’s unique music, culture and spirit to Council Bluffs for a public performance and a student demonstration.

Davenport
Recipient: Figge Art Museum
Grant Amount: $9,500
Title of Project: The Big Picture
Description: “The Big Picture” is the Figge Art Museum’s arts education outreach program that supplements core curriculum and assists in teaching difficult concepts to students by bringing art objects and visual aids to K-12 classrooms at no cost to schools. IAC grant funds help support this project.

Davenport
Recipient: Quad City Symphony Orchestra
Grant Amount: $6,700
Title of Project: Midori Residency
Description: The Quad City Symphony Orchestra has been selected to host world renowned musician Midori in April 2011. She will spend a week with a youth orchestra and professional orchestra. Midori will perform with both orchestras, coach young musicians, appear at benefits and subscription series concerts and work with both orchestras to raise arts awareness within the community. An IAC grant will support the cost of hiring this artist.

Des Moines
Recipient: Tim Bascom
Grant Amount: $1,800
Title of Project: Field Notes for Ethiopia Memoir
Description: Iowa writer Tim Bascom will use IAC grant funding to return to his former home in Ethiopia to conduct research for a memoir in progress (titled “My Holy War”), which is about coming of age as a missionary child during a Marxist revolution.

Des Moines
Recipient: Civic Center of Greater Des Moines
Grant Amount: $9,500
Title of Project: 2010-11 Dance Series
Description: In January 2011, the Civic Center of Greater Des Moines launches its newest presenting series, the Dance Series. The 2010-2011 Dance Series will feature Pilobolus Dance Theater, Martha Graham Dance Company and a third company to be announced. Each performance will be presented in the Civic Center Main Hall and will be accompanied by at least one master class and pre-show talk. IAC grant funds will support the project.

Des Moines
Recipient: Des Moines Gay Men’s Chorus
Grant Amount: $2,900
Title of Project: Music for a Change
Description: IAC grant funds will help fund “Music for a Change,” a concert given by the Des Moines Gay Men’s Chorus interweaving live and video examples of the ways music has been used as an agent of change and awareness. Some examples are: apartheid in South Africa, the troubles in Northern Ireland, and breast cancer research.

Des Moines
Recipient: Brian R. Lynner
Grant Amount: $9,500
Title of Project: Thursday’s Children
Description: With the support of an IAC grant, theatre artists Brian Lynner and Lisa Norris will write, score and produce “Thursday’s Children,” an original musical based on events that led to the landmark Supreme Court case Tinker vs. Des Moines Schools. The finished piece will premiere in October 2010 with 16 performances at the State Historical Museum.

Des Moines
Recipient: Science Center of Iowa
Grant Amount: $9,500
Title of Project: DaVinci: The Genius Traveling Exhibit at the Science Center of Iowa
Description: The Science Center of Iowa will use IAC grant funds to help support the traveling exhibit “DaVinci: the Genius in Iowa” October 2010-January 2011. This world-class exhibit will engage an estimated 55,000 visitors – including thousands of school-aged children – in the art, science and genius of Leonardo DaVinci.

Des Moines
Recipient: The Subjective Theater Company of Des Moines, Inc.
Grant Amount: $5,800
Title of Project: Americana Absurdum
Description: The Subjective Theater Company of Des Moines will use IAC grant funding to support “Americana Absurdum.” This play by Brian Parks is a surreal take on the tragedies of everyday life. This work celebrates the comic, vertiginous thrill of the American Dream in its many fun-house mirror guises. “Americana Absurdum” was originally produced in August 1997 at The New York Fringe Festival where it earned first place for outstanding writing.

Dubuque
Recipient: Dubuque Symphony Orchestra
Grant Amount: $9,500
Title of Project: Dubuque Symphony Orchestra and Madama Butterfly
Description: The Dubuque Symphony Orchestra will present a fully-staged opera production as part of its signature Classics series with the help of IAC grant funding. “Madama Butterfly” is scheduled to be performed at the Five Flags Theater in April 2011, the fourth opera for the DSO in 10 years.

Indianola
Recipient: Dave Camwell
Grant Amount: $9,500
Title of Project: Bach to Saxophone
Description: This CD project couples the excitement of the classical saxophone with the music of Baroque composer Johann Sebastian Bach. Nationally recognized saxophonists from Iowa, Kentucky, and Ohio will be featured in Camwell’s arrangements of masterworks by J.S. Bach. IAC grant funds will be used to support the production of this new CD.

Indianola
Recipient: Des Moines Metro Opera, Inc.
Grant Amount: $9,500
Title of Project: OPERA Iowa Touring Educational Troupe
Description: During OPERA Iowa’s 13-week educational tour, the cast and members will use IAC grant funds to present 350 classroom workshops and more than 70 performances of Fox’s “Sid the Serpent Who Wanted to Sing” and Mozart’s “The Magic Flute.” Artistic Director Robert L. Larsen and Director of Artistic Operations Michael Egel will oversee this project.

Iowa City
Recipient: Andrew Brodie
Grant Amount: $9,500
Title of Project: River Will Take You: DVD and Supporting Release Tour
Description: IAC grant funding will be used toward the production of a custom, hand-crafted DVD package and supporting release tour for Andy Brodie’s short film “River Will Take You.” The film features Iowa musicians Greg Brown and Pieta Brown in lead acting roles and an original score by Bo Ramsey.

Iowa City
Recipient: Riverside Theatre
Grant Amount: $9,500
Title of Project: All My Sons
Description: Riverside Theatre will use IAC grant funding to produce Arthur Miller’s “All My Sons” as part of its 30th Anniversary season.

Iowa City
Recipient: The University of Iowa
Grant Amount: $9,500
Title of Project: Ballet West II
Description: With the support of IAC grant funds, Hancher Auditorium will present Ballet West II in free, outdoor performances in four communities in September 2010: Fairfield on Sept. 17, Iowa City on Sept. 18, Kalona on Sept. 19 and Muscatine on Sept. 22. Ballet West II will also perform lectures/demonstrations in public schools of each community.

Iowa City
Recipient: University of Iowa
Grant Amount: $9,500
Title of Project: City of Literature documentary
Description: IAC funding will support a documentary film called “City of Literature” that will be produced by the University of Iowa Center for Media Production. The film will tell the remarkable story of how Iowa City and University of Iowa became the international center for literary arts that it is today.

Marion
Recipient: City of Marion
Grant Amount: $9,500
Title of Project: All Aboard For Art
Description: The City of Marion will team with Via Partnerships, LLP, of St. Louis to create a Public Art Master Plan for the community.  With support from an Iowa Arts Council grant, the consulting group will work with public and private sector organizations as well as residents from the metro area to develop and implement public art strategies.

Marion
Recipient: Red Cedar Chamber Music
Grant Amount: $9,400
Title of Project: Iowa Sunrise to Sunset: New Chamber Music
Description: Red Cedar Chamber Music will use an IAC grant for “Iowa Sunrise to Sunset: New Chamber Music,” which connects people with what is quintessentially Iowa – small towns and broad sunsets – through chamber music. Twenty-three educational events and concerts bring new chamber music by Iowa composer Harvey Sollberger (inspired by Iowa writer Marilynne Robinson’s Iowa-based novels) to Eastern Iowa communities January-May 2011. This project will employ six Iowa musicians, including four IAC-rostered artists.

Mason City
Recipient: Charles H. MacNider Museum
Grant Amount: $5,700
Title of Project: Exhibition: Being Alive – Works by Marc Sijan
Description: IAC grant funding will support the exhibition “Being Alive – Works by Marc Sijan” Oct. 28, 2010-Jan. 8, 2011, at the Charles H. MacNider Museum.  This is a unique opportunity for the citizens of Mason City and surrounding communities to view innovative modern art techniques.

Mount Vernon
Recipient: Iowa Choral Directors Association, Inc.
Grant Amount: $9,500
Title of Project: Iowa Choral Directors Summer Symposium
Description: The Iowa Choral Directors Association’s “Summer Symposium” takes place July 25-29 in Mason City and brings together more than 250 choral directors from across Iowa and the Midwest to listen, learn and be inspired to be better educators, musicians and conductors. Clinicians from 11 states and Japan will share their particular expertise in vocal music that represents some of the finest work being done in the choral world today. IAC grant funding will help support this project.

Omaha
Recipient: Omaha Symphony Association
Grant Amount: $9,500
Title of Project: Adventures in Music!
Description: IAC grant funding will help support The Omaha Symphony education programs such as “Adventures in Music!” that immerse children in music education and makes them active participants in their own learning. Thousands of southwest Iowa students experience the Omaha Symphony each season in their classrooms, the magnificent Holland Center, or while joining other schools at a central location.

Pella
Recipient: Central College
Grant Amount: $9,500
Title of Project: Squonk Opera presents Central College: The Opera
Description: Working with members of the Central College community, Squonk Opera will research, interview community members and videotape material about the college from which they will create and perform “Central College: The Opera.” An IAC grant fund supports this project.

Sioux City
Recipient: Sioux City Symphony Orchestra
Grant Amount: $9,500
Title of Project: SCSO Concert for Young Audiences 6th grade concert
Description: With the support of IAC grant funding, the Sioux City Symphony will perform its 6th-grade Concert for Young Audiences school concert on Thursday, Oct. 21, 2010. This educational outreach concert will expose students to symphonic music for the first time. Also, the SCSO brass, woodwind and string ensembles will perform in all Sioux City elementary schools.

Story City
Recipient: Story City Greater Chamber Connection (GCC)
Grant Amount: $3,800
Title of Project: STORY! Celebrating the Art of Storytelling
Description: Story City is creating a culture of storytelling in Iowa. This is its 5th annual festival, which continues to expand its audience, events and outreach. In 2009, more than 4,800 children and adults participated through school visits, workshops and concerts. “STORY!” will continue to impact Iowans’ lives through this art form.

Waterloo
Recipient: Rebecca Burkhardt
Grant Amount: $9,500
Title of Project: Music Composition for a New Musical based on the life of Ann Richards
Description: Rebecca Burkhardt will use IAC grant funding to compose music for a new musical based on the life of Texas Governor Ann Richards. A vivid and compelling individual known for her trenchant wit and fiery humor, Richards overcame an addiction to alcohol to become one of the most influential players on the political stage.

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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.