IAC Press Release

For Immediate Release: August 11, 2010

Contact: Jeff Morgan
Public Relations

IAC's Big Yellow School Bus, EZ 1-2-3 grants available

Programs support arts education, Character Counts!, and teaching and performing artists

(DES MOINES, Iowa) —The Iowa Arts Council is accepting applications for two grant programs that support arts education, Character Counts!, and teaching and performing artists.

Big Yellow School Bus grants serve pre-K through grade 12 students in Iowa public and private schools, providing $200 to underwrite the cost of field trips to attend arts events such as live music, dance or theater performances, and exhibits at art museums. Schools are limited to one BYSB grant per fiscal year, per school building.

EZ 1-2-3 grants provide up to $500 to help educators and organizations hire Iowa-rostered artists for schools, theaters, festivals and auditoriums for hands-on learning opportunities, performances and Character Counts! programs. Applicants may request up to 50 percent of the total expenses of the activity or event, and must provide a dollar-for-dollar cash match.

There is no application deadline for BYSB or EZ 1-2-3 grants. Applications are reviewed on a “first-received, first-funded” basis until available funds are depleted.

Applications may be submitted to the Iowa Arts Council, 600 E. Locust Street, Des Moines, Iowa, 50319. Applications, eligibility requirements and additional information are available at www.iowaartscouncil.org.

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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.