For Immediate Release: January 18, 2011
Contact: Jeff Morgan
Iowa Arts Council Announces January 2011 Mini Grant Awards
(DES MOINES, Iowa) — The Iowa Arts Council has awarded a total of $5,950 in the January 2011 round of Mini Grants to six organizations and individuals in Des Moines, Guttenberg, Iowa City, Johnston, Orange City and Oskaloosa. IAC received 11 eligible applications with requests totaling nearly $11,000.
Mini Grants applicants may request up to $1,000 in funding, which they must match.
“Public support for these projects is an investment in the artists and organizations that keep Iowa alive with vitality and creativity,” said Mary Sundet Jones, Iowa Arts Council administrator. “This small investment of state dollars reaps rich rewards in terms of quality of life in our communities.”
Mini Grant applications are due the first business day of the month for a maximum of $1,000. More information and application guidelines and rules can be viewed at www.iowaartscouncil.org.
Iowa Arts Council January 2011 Mini Grant Awards
Synergy Jazz Foundation, Des Moines
Synergy Jazz Workshop/Concert Series
The Synergy Jazz Foundation will use IAC grant funds to support the artist fees for a workshop/concert series featuring Pat Harbison from the University of Indiana and local musicians Sam Salamone, Eric Krieger and Rob Messer.
City of Guttenberg
“Peace Through Corn” Dinner Theatre
“Peace Through Corn” will be a dinner theatre performance of a two-person play dramatizing the unprecedented meeting of an Iowa farmer and Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev in 1959.
Nora Garda, Iowa City
Let's Make Dance 2! At South East Jr. High
Nora Garda will teach an after-school Dance Club at South East Jr. High in Iowa City. The students will meet weekly with Garda to choreograph four new dances to be performed in the spring and summer at the Summer of Arts events, the Iowa Children’s Museum, the Iowa City Public Library and at school assemblies.
Johnston High School, Johnston
Johnston High School All-School Musical
Johnston High School will present “The Music Man” May 13-15, 2011, its first all-school musical in more than 35 years.
Northwestern College Music Department, Orange City
Justo Almario, jazz saxophone soloist
The Northwestern College Music Department will bring guest artist Justo Almario, jazz saxophone soloist, to Orange City to work and rehearse with the college jazz band and present a master class on improvisation. This event will be open to college and high school students and to the general public.
Friends of the Auditorium, Oskaloosa
Simon Estes in Concert
IAC funds will support artist fees for the Simon Estes to appear in concert at the George Daily Auditorium Feb. 17, 2011. A master class will be held the following morning for the Oskaloosa High School Choir and orchestra students and students from area high schools.
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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.