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November 2009

In This Issue
IAC Launches "Live the Arts" Campaign
State Budget Update
Still Time to Register for the Iowa Public Art Networking Conference Nov. 12-13
"Arts in Crisis" Free Seminar Nov. 20
Iowa Nonprofit Summit Nov. 16
How Student Mason Musfeldt Lives the Arts in Iowa
Arts Outreach Initiatives: "More Than Words"
Creative Classrooms Spotlight: Nicole Hussain Morford's "Dancing Words"
Iowa Folk & Traditional Artists Featured at 2010 Iowa Culture & Language Conference Feb. 9-10
Nevinski Accepts Job with Metro Arts
UI Assistant Dance Professor Adds to Mexico Celebrations
Drees Helped Establish Influence & Inspiration
Poetry Out Loud Spotlight: Rustin Larson
Ken Esveld Named Iowa Art Educator of the Year
Iowa Poet Laureate Receives DM Nat'l Poetry Festival Donation
ICC Hosts Advocacy 101 Nov. 9
IAC Staff Out & About
ARTicles...of Note

IAC Calendar

Nov. 12: Public Art Grant Writing Workshop, State Historical Building

Nov. 12-13: Public Art Networking Conference, Des Moines (see related article)
Nov. 20: "Arts in Crisis," with Michael Kaiser, president of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Temple for Performing Arts (see related article)
Dec. 4: Iowa Arts Council Board meeting in Des Moines
Dec. 16: Grant Writing Workshop, State Historical Building, Des Moines
Save the Date: Cultural Advocacy Day is Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2010!

Artist Directory (Iowa Artists - add your info to this!)

Iowa PUBLIC ART Artists Registry (For Iowa artists who create public art and are seeking public art commissions)

Mini Grants. Apply for matching funds for arts-related projects. Note: NO Mini Grant applications will be accepted in December 2009, or February or April 2010, due to state budget cuts. Maximum Mini Grant awards in January, March, and May will be $1,000 instead of $1,500.
IAC grant applicants: The next deadline for Major Grant applications will be April 1, 2010, for projects beginning July 1, 2010 or later. 

NOTICE: Big Yellow School Bus and EZ 1-2-3 grant funds have been depleted for the year, and will not be available again until July 1, 2010. 

Check it out regularly for articles of current interest, announcements, and hot topics that are important to the arts in Iowa.

Have you sent in the final report for your IAC grant? Don't delay! Find forms here. 

Practical Resources for The Cultural Sector in Uncertain Economic Times: Including funding opportunities, advocacy tips and services.

Artist opportunities, cultural events listings and more at the In-Box.  
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TOPIAC Launches "Live the Arts" Campaign
The Iowa Arts Council is excited to launch Live the Arts in Iowa! This new campaign will connect and promote the arts across the state. There's no doubt the arts are alive and thriving in Iowa, but constituents have said - loud and clear - that a consistent message and look would unite all these efforts and really highlight the arts statewide. The arts in Iowa are rich and diverse, and it's time to show that off! 
The campaign will only succeed with your participation. IAC hopes this campaign will build enough momentum to draw attention to the energy and vitality the arts bring to the state.
The Live the Arts in Iowa! logo is available to download from the IAC Web site. Artists, arts organizations and individual artists are encouraged to print out the logo and display it as a show of support for the larger arts picture in Iowa. Here are some ideas on using the logo and more things IAC is doing with Live the Arts in Iowa!
  • Download the Live the Arts in Iowa! logo, and use it to brand creative work - use it for an ad in a program, as part of a poster design, to place in your window, or whatever!  
  • Order Live the Arts in Iowa! gear to hand out at meetings or events
  • Become a fan on Facebook - the IAC will use that page to highlight the great ways the Live the Arts in Iowa! brand is being used
  • Check out the new ad campaign contest! Could yours be one of the winning ads?
  • Get out and live the arts in Iowa - and encourage others to live the arts as well!
Lt. Governor Patty Judge has signed on to support the campaign - read her letter here.

State Budget Update
by Mary Sundet Jones, IAC Administrator
The Iowa Arts Council is still here! Changes are necessary due to state budget cuts, but the IAC is still active and working to enrich the quality of life for Iowans through support of the arts. All through this newsletter, and those you'll continue to receive each month, you'll find evidence of ways in which we're still at work bringing you opportunities to learn, resources to help you as an artist or an organization, and news and information about the arts in Iowa and the nation.
The Iowa Arts Council's portion of state's across-the-board budget reduction is $113,746 (10% of our original state appropriation of $1,137,458) for this fiscal year, which ends June 30, 2010.
We expend a good 60% or more of our annual budget quite early in the year, because that's when we send out payments for our largest grants (all Cultural Leadership Partners funds, and all Major Grants this year). This limits us somewhat in terms of where cuts can be made, but thankfully the grantees in those programs have already received their funding and won't see it reduced this year.
Here's how the reductions will impact other IAC programs and activities this year:
  • Mini Grants for the remainder of this fiscal year will ONLY be accepted on:  January 1, March 1, and May 1 (Important Note: NO Mini Grant applications will be accepted in December, February, or April)
  • Maximum Mini Grant awards in the remaining months will be reduced from $1,500 to $1,000.
  • The Big Yellow School Bus program is now closed for the year. New applications will not be accepted again until July 1, 2010.
  • The EZ 1-2-3 grants program is also now closed for the year (except for a very few of the special EZ Poetry Out Loud grants). New applications will not be accepted again until July 1, 2010.
  • We have cut budgets for supply costs, promotion and printing, and other office expenditures.  IAC staff will need to cut back by about 30% on in-state travel.  We have lost the invaluable services of our part-time office assistant, Lara Kramme, and we will lose an additional half-time staff position.

  • We have cancelled plans for several small workshops, regional meetings, and conferences, including a networking conference for arts organizations.
  • We have postponed plans for continued development this year of the Influence & Inspiration curriculum resources.
  • We must reduce the number of team site visits we are able to schedule at Cultural Leadership Partner organizations.
Please feel free to contact me at Mary.SundetJones@iowa.gov if you have additional questions or comments about the current budget cuts.  

Still Time to Register for the Iowa Public Art Networking Conference Nov. 12-13
The Des Moines Art Center, in partnership with the Iowa Arts Council, will host the 2009 Iowa Public Art Networking Conference November 12-13, 2009 in Des Moines to celebrate the opening of the John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park. The conference is supported by the Arts Council with significant support from the Greater Des Moines Public Art Foundation.
Conference fee is $60 and online registration and payment may be made at www.iowatix.com. For more information, download the conference brochure at www.iowaartscouncil.org
The 4.4 acre sculpture park opened to the public Sept. 27 in downtown Des Moines' Western Gateway. The park features 24 sculptures by 19 world-renowned artists, all donated to the Des Moines Art Center by philanthropists John and Mary Pappajohn.
Des Moines Art Center Director Jeff Fleming will open the conference Thursday, Nov 12 at 6:30 p.m. at Hoyt Sherman Place with an introduction of the John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park and the artist Jaume Plensa, who will present an illustrated lecture about his body of work, featuring Nomade, and share his approach to making art for public spaces. This is the 21st lecture in the series made possible through generous gifts by Louis and Lois Fingerman.
NEW! A Grant Writing Workshop specifically for public art has been added to Thursday's schedule.This three-hour workshop will focus on IAC/DCA grants to support temporary and permanent public art projects or to hire a public art consultant to develop a public art master plan for your organization, community or neighborhood. IAC staff will talk specifically about the process of submission and how to plan and prepare for writing an IAC Major or Mini Grant. Staff will go over review criteria: artistic excellence, service to Iowans and planning/implementation. Participants review and score an actual grant application submitted to the IAC as part of a grant reading exercise. Time will be reserved after the workshop or during the IPAN conference for brief one-on-one consultations with staff.
Friday conference activities include a walking tour of the sculpture park led by Jaume Plensa and Des Moines Art Center docents, two panel sessions: "Sculpture Parks" and "Establishing and Maintaining a Public Art Program and Master Plan," and more.
The day will end with a closing reception at Art 316, a warehouse just south of downtown Des Moines which houses about 20 artist studios. 

"Arts in Crisis" Free Seminar Nov. 20

The Iowa Arts Council and BRAVO Greater Des Moines are pleased to welcome Michael M. Kaiser, president of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, for an Arts Community Conversation as part of "Arts in Crisis: A Kennedy Center Initiative."
The event will be Friday, Nov. 20, 2009 from 9 a.m. until about noon at The Temple for Performing Arts in downtown Des Moines. It is free to attend, but RSVPs are requested by Nov. 16, 2009 by sending an email to rsvp@bravogreaterdesmoines.org.

Mr. Kaiser is touring the United States to engage in conversation with arts organization leaders about how the arts are faring in this economic crisis. The Des Moines tour stop will begin with a Meet-and-Greet so participants can visit informally with Mr. Kaiser. Following the Meet-and-Greet, Mr. Kaiser will provide commentary and remarks, and will respond to written questions from the audience in a format emceed by MD Isley, executive director of BRAVO Greater Des Moines.

A response to the emergency facing arts organizations throughout the United States, "Arts in Crisis" provides free and confidential planning assistance to nonprofit organizations in areas pertinent to maintaining a vital performing arts organization during a troubled economy. The program is currently working with more than 450 organizations in 40 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia. Over 200 experienced arts leaders from across the country are volunteering their time to serve as mentors to organizations in need.

Since 2001, Michael M. Kaiser and his executive staff have shaped numerous arts leaders through the Kennedy Center Institute for Arts Management. The Institute provides a wide variety of training and support for arts management. For more information about The Institute, visit http://www.kennedy-center.org/education/vilarinstitute/

Iowa Nonprofit Summit Nov. 16
The Iowa Nonprofit Resource Center will hold its 2nd Annual Iowa Nonprofit Summit 8:30 a.m.-4:45 p.m. Monday, Nov. 16, at the State Historical Building, 600 E. Locust, Des Moines.
The theme of this year's Iowa Nonprofit Summit is "Turning Challenge into Opportunity." With the 2008 floods and downturned economy, there are increased demands on nonprofits both in demand for services and decreased funding from all revenue sources. The costs of holding this statewide nonprofit conference are being kept minimal in order to increase accessibility by small nonprofit organizations. Registration is $50 per person.
Exhibit table space is available for an additional $50 (only 10 spots available!).
Online registration ends at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2009. To register online, go to: http://www.RegOnline.com/npsummit2009.
After this date, on-site registration will be accepted on a space-available basis.

Free parking for this event is available in the parking garage located at 650 E. Grand Avenue (intersection of E. Grand Avenue and Penn Street). Download a pdf map of available parkingnear the State Capitol.


How Student Mason Musfeldt Lives the Arts in Iowa
Last year's Iowa Scholarship for the Arts recipient Mason Musfeldt is currently enrolled at Iowa State University as a music education major, emphasis on violin, and Spanish. Here Musfeldt tells how he "lives the arts in Iowa." 
What would be your dream job and why?
I would love to compose music for movies, travel to Spain and teach music, and/or play in a symphony orchestra and enjoy/appreciate all art forms that I've been exposed to. There are so many different things that I wanted to be as I was growing up and still yet today I think about how many different options I have. I wanted to be a psychiatrist/ psychologist/counselor, a professional astrologer, and more. I just wanted to make sure that whatever my profession, I was helping people become more cultured and optimistic through my endeavors.
Tell us in 10 words or less what music means to you.
Music is too broad a subject or passion to describe in a mere 10 words. It is love, hate, beauty, ugliness, magic, descriptive, mysterious, wonderful, and broad. It is a wonderful tool that can be used to sway human emotions to heights and peaks that it couldn't reach otherwise.
Where do you find the most inspiration? Who has inspired you the most?
I get most of my inspiration from thoughts, emotions, and the unexplainable things in life. There have been many people who have given me the chance to swim in the endless ocean of emotions and explore the different genres of music.
Who is your favorite musician and why?
My favorite musician is difficult to pin down as well. I enjoy just about every type of music there is. My favorites include baroque and classical music, show tunes from popular musicals, techno, yoga, Spanish guitar, Irish/Celtic, and modern pop to a certain extent. My favorite artist currently is Gavin DeGraw.
What did you do last Friday night?
I spent some time with my younger brother. The moon was in Cancer and it was a great time to catch up on some "family time."
If you could meet anyone in the world, dead or alive, who would it be?
I'd love to meet Robin Williams because he is my favorite actor and I believe I could learn a lot from him. I'd love to meet Ghandi and Beethoven. I would love to meet Gavin DeGraw as well.
What are some plans/wishes you have for the future?
My biggest hope or aspiration for the future is that I help enough people to make a great and positive impact on the world. I don't need fame or fortune, just the satisfaction of knowing I was able to help the people who wanted my help.
Any words of wisdom from a young Iowa artist?
I have a journal that I keep to help me organize and keep track of my thoughts. I think that is a helpful tool for people to grow and learn from themselves first-hand. I like to create my own words of wisdom as well and keep them in it. "Don't ever count on others to make you happy, just be happy it happens." ~Mason Musfeldt
What are you going to be for Halloween?
I think I might paint my face white and dress up like Jack Skellington. He is an idol for Halloween and I love Danny Elfman's music that was featured in that movie.


Arts Outreach Initiatives: "More Than Words"
by Riki Saltzman, Accessibility Coordinator
The Iowa Department for the Blind and Iowa State University have partnered to create and exhibit "tactile poetry." Iowa Poet Laureate Mary Swander's undergraduate poetry classes are collaborating to create a new, non-visual way "to enjoy poetry that is more accessible to the blind. They are recording poems that they've infused with music and sound, and some are creating tactile pieces of art to go with the poetry."
On Tuesday, Dec. 1 at 7 p.m., Swander and her students will present their work at a free public opening at the Iowa Department for the Blind's Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped at 524 Fourth Street in downtown Des Moines. ISU will exhibit the work in the spring.
Shoshana Hebshi, communications specialist with the Department for the Blind, said the project started inadvertently when Swander did a reading there. One of those who went out to dinner beforehand suggested transforming the written word into "something that could be felt, something tactile. Mary brought this (blind) Iowan's challenge back to her class, and they jumped on it."
Hebshi notes that "the Department and ISU are very excited about this joint project and anticipate it will draw a lot of enthusiasm from the public-especially those with disabilities who may find standard poetry inaccessible."
For more information on the Dec. 1 event, contact Shoshana Hebshi at the Iowa Department for the Blind or call (515) 281-1338.
This article is the fifth in a series providing examples of artistic outreach to diverse groups in Iowa.

Creative Classrooms Spotlight: Nicole Hussain Morford's "Dancing Words"
Nicole Hussain Morford's approach to learning is interactive, involving students directly in the creative process. As a second year teaching artist for the Creative Classrooms Kennedy Center training, Morford incorporates dance and creative writing in what she calls "Dancing Words: Dance Composition and Creative Writing."
The recent graduate from the dance program at the University of the Iowa created arts infused curriculum using the similarities in the structure of dance and creative writing composition. A successful story in dance or writing will have an effective introduction, rising action, climax, falling action and resolution.
Morford uses everyday experiences to name and create movement, therefore making it relevant to each student who then becomes fully engaged in creating stories through dance.
"I hope that the teachers I work with will feel energized and excited to try new methods with their students," she said. "My vision has become so much broader and more encompassing with the Creative Classrooms program. I feel like we are really on the brink of some giant leaps in education and arts integration."
Two years ago, Morford founded a nonprofit modern dance company based out of Iowa City called Poetic Rebound Performance Company, and serves as its artistic and executive director. The company participates in numerous in-school residencies and community workshops and events. Morford is listed on the Iowa Arts Council's Teaching Artist Roster.

Iowa Folk & Traditional Artists Featured at 2010 Iowa Culture & Language Conference Feb. 9-10
The annual Iowa Culture and Language Conference (ICLC)will feature the Cedar Rapids Iraqi band Arabian Tone and Waterloo's Bosnian dance group K.U.D. Kolo. The groups will perform for the evening program Tuesday, Feb. 9 at the Downtown Marriott.
K.U.D. Kolo performs dances from several countries in the former Yugoslavia, representing each of the troupe member's homelands and cultures. K.U.D. Kolo Director Zulfeta Rizvic, an elementary school teacher in Bosnia, was also a folk dancer in a place where "dancers were ambassadors for their culture."
The group has performed around Iowa and the Midwest and has been invited to perform at an international arts festival in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina next summer.
Rizvic received the 2004 Iowa Arts Council Traditional Arts Apprenticeship grant and served as a master artist. She started K.U.D. Kolo to pass her love of dance and culture on to children at Waterloo's Elk Run Elementary School.
Arabian Tonefeatures Cedar Rapids musicians Ismail, Salah and Hazim Alyassiri. The band performs traditional and popular Iraqi music and was featured at the 2000 Iowa Culture & Language Conference and the 2001 Festival of Iowa Folklife. The 'ud (lute) is the centerpiece of the band and is a pear-shaped, unfretted, 11-stringed instrument found throughout the Middle East.
Originally from Nasiriyah, southeast of Baghdad, the Alyassiri family fled Iraq for Saudi Arabia in 1991, shortly after the first Gulf War. In 1995, after nearly four years in a refugee camp, they settled in Cedar Rapids. While in the refugee camp, Ismail and his cousins, Salah and Haider, studied with the protégé of Iraq's most revered 'ud maker. He recently received an Iowa Arts Council mini grant to study with a master 'ud player in Iraq.
For more information about the ICLC, visit the ICLC conference Web site or contact Teresa Angerman at Northwest Area Education Agency.  Early bird registration ($125, which includes 2 breakfasts and 2 lunches) deadline is December 11, 2009.

Nevinski Accepts Job with Metro Arts
Staci Nevinski, the Iowa Arts Council's Grant Panel's Manager, will be leaving the IAC for a new position at Metro Arts Alliance of Greater Des Moines in mid-November. Staci's incredible skills as a problem-solver, program organizer, and passionate advocate for artists and the arts will be put to good use at Metro Arts, and will be deeply missed at the Iowa Arts Council.  We wish her the very best.
UI Assistant Dance Professor Adds to Mexico Celebrations
The University of Iowa's Eloy Barragán is adding his creative talents to Mexico's official Centennial and Bicentennial celebrations in 2010. 
Barragán, assistant professor in the UI Dance Department, has been commissioned by Mexico's Companía Nacional de Danza (National Ballet Company), the most prestigious ballet company in the country, to re-choreograph a ballet, Y POR TI.....(AND FOR YOU) for the anniversary. The celebration to honor Mexico's 200th anniversary of Independence and 100th anniversary of its Revolution will showcase art and culture aimed at renewing Mexico's identity and historic continuity.
Y POR TI..... was presented, along with the works of two other choreographers, in a production called Noche de Coreografos Mexicanos (Night of Mexican Choreographers) Oct. 23-25, 2009 at the Sala Miguel Covarrubias, Mexico City in preparation for the 2010 celebration. It will appear again in the fall of 2010 at the Palace of Fine Arts in Mexico City. 
Of the three choreographers invited by the Compania Nacional de Danza to participate in this work, Barragán is the only choreographer who does not live in Mexico. 
"It was a dream for me to show my work to the people of my own country," he said. "I am so grateful to be invited to celebrate a country that continues to fight for ideals of liberty and freedom."

Drees Helped Establish Influence & Inspiration
We were saddened to learn that Jan Drees of West Des Moines died suddenly Friday, October 30, 2009.  Ms. Drees coordinated all of the curriculum writing and resource design for the IAC's Influence and Inspiration curricular resources about master Iowa artists: one of our proudest accomplishments of the past year.  Jan was the founding principal of the Des Moines Public Schools' Downtown School, from 1993-2006, and according to the Des Moines Register, she "laid the foundation for legal home-schooling in Des Moines and Iowa" in the 1980s.  Jan will be greatly missed.

Poetry Out Loud Spotlight: Rustin Larson
Iowa Poetry Out Loud has partnered with poet Rustin Larson in Fairfield to promote the program in southeast Iowa.
Larson, a five-time Pushcart nominee, has authored three poetry collections: Loving the Good Driver (Mellen Poetry Press, 1996) Crazy Star (Loess Hills Books, 2005) and most recently--The Wine-Dark House (Blue Light Press, 2009). His work has appeared in The New Yorker, Iowa Review, North American Review, Poetry East, Atlanta Review and others.   
He received a B.A. in Literature from Maharishi International University in Fairfield, an M.F.A. in Writing from Vermont College of Norwich University in Montpelier, and has taught writing in a variety of settings.    
Larson is currently promoting poetry in Iowa through his program "Irving Toast, Poetry Ghost" which can be heard Sundays and Mondays on KRUU 100.1 out of Fairfield (or online at http://kruufm.com). The show debuted in April 2008 and features live readings and interviews with new and established poets.   
Larson is available to provide residencies with participating POL schools through the EZ 1-2-3 POL program. More information can be found here: Iowa Arts Council Arts in Education: Poetry Out Loud Contest  

Ken Esveld Named Iowa Art Educator of the Year
Art Educators of Iowa (AEI) have chosen Ken Esveld as Iowa's Art Educator of the Year. He currently teaches art at Brubaker Elementary in Des Moines.
Esveld has made numerous contributions to the arts in Iowa. He is a past chair of the Iowa Alliance for Arts Education, currently serves on the Alliance for Arts Education board as an AEI representative and as chair of the strategic planning committee, and has been an AEI board member since 1998. He was previously recognized as a National Educator by the Milken Family Foundation, as AEI Elementary Art Educator of the year, and received AEI's award for distinguished service within the profession. Esveld received his B.A. degree from Central College in visual arts with certification as a K-12 Visual Arts Educator and regularly exhibits his work around the state.
"Throughout my career, I have been repeatedly delighted by my students' joy in discovery, their unfolding excitement about exploring ideas, and the connections they make among disciplines as we make art together," he said. "I have come to believe, and research supports, that teaching students the observation, research, and reflection skills they need to create meaningful art also equips them with essential skills they will need to problem solve, innovate, and lead in our rapidly changing world."
AEI is Iowa's professional association for visual arts educators, a state affiliate of the National Art Education Association, and a member organization of the Iowa Alliance for Arts Education.


Iowa Poet Laureate Receives DM Nat'l Poetry Festival Donation
The Des Moines National Poetry Festival has donated nearly $2,900 to the Iowa Arts Council to support projects developed by Iowa's Poet Laureate. IAC will match the donation up to $5,000, providing the Iowa Poet Laureate with $1,000 for each of the next five years to develop poetry projects.
A check presentation was held Oct. 5 at Valley High School in West Des Moines with Cyndi Pederson, director of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs; Jim Autry and Tom Lynner, representing the DM National Poetry Festival; Chris Rossi, executive director of Humanities Iowa; Mary Swander, Iowa Poet Laureate; and Swander's Web site assistant Matthew Steven and his wife Joanna.  
Pictured, from left to right: Joanna Steven; Matthew Steven; Jim Autrey; Tom Lynner, Mary Swander, Greg Ervanian, Cyndi Pederson, and Chris Rossi.

ICC Hosts Advocacy 101 Nov. 9
The Iowa Cultural Coalition, with support from the Linn County Nonprofit Resource Center and the Iowa City/Coralville Area Convention and Visitors Bureau will offer an advocacy workshop titled "Minneapolis Arts Coalition: a Case Study" at the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art. The workshop will be Monday, Nov. 9, 2009, from 1-4 p.m.
Shelia Smith, Executive Director of Minnesota Citizens for the Arts, and winner of the annual Arts Advocacy Award by Americans for the Arts, will talk about the "Vote Yes Minnesota" campaign. This campaign resulted in a Minnesota constitutional amendment that allowed for about $30 million per year in dedicated, constitutionally guaranteed funding for Minnesota arts and culture. Also included will be Region 8's quarterly CHAT meeting, led by Bob Untiedt.
This three-hour training/meeting is relevant to any nonprofit organization, and is free to members of the Iowa Cultural Coalition (ICC), Iowa's only statewide arts and culture advocacy organization. Become a member on Nov. 9 for $25, or offer a donation to the ICC to take part in this important advocacy workshop.
For more information, or to RSVP, contact Bob Untiedt at robert.untiedt@gcrcf.org

IAC Staff Out & About
Nov. 3: Riki Saltzman to Ames for Agarts meeting and talk by Kansas Poet Laureate Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg
Nov. 5-6: Riki Saltzman to Pennsylvania for Pennsylvania Arts Commission Folk & Traditional Arts Grant Review (no IAC funding involved)
Nov. 10: Riki Saltzman will attend India Culture Day at Wells Fargo, West Des Moines
Nov. 12-13: Most IAC staff will attend & assist with Public Art Networking Conference, Des Moines
Nov. 14: Dawn Martinez Oropeza to Iowa Alliance for Arts Education board meeting


ARTicles...of Note
Survey: One Third of Museum Directors Received Reduced Salaries in 2009, The Art Newspaper, (10/5/09): A survey of more than 60 major art museums in the U.S. shows that the directors of more than one third have recently taken pay cuts, many of them substantial, and senior staff at most of those institutions have also had their compensation trimmed.
Positive Outlook for Future Funding, Crains New York Business (10/6/09): Major arts groups boasted success despite the recession at the recent Crain's New York Business conference on the performing arts. In fact, the Met sold a record $2.5 million in tickets on opening day and the New York Philharmonic sold 91 percent of its house last season, the highest percentage yet. This success is attracting the attention of corporate donors.
Rocco Says He Won't Be Getting A Personality Transplant, Variety (10/17/09):[N]ow that [Rocco] Landesman is firmly in the job, serving as NEA chairman, has the hard-charging Midwesterner toned down his rhetoric? Hardly. ... He says he's "vexed" by the notion that discussions about quality are considered code for elitism or worse. "I don't get it," he argues. "Quality is what we're in business to encourage."
Report Links Arts Education, Graduation Rates, The New York Times (10/19/09): In a new report, the nonprofit Center for Arts Education found that New York City high schools with the highest graduation rates also offered students the most access to arts education.
Musicians' Hearing Outperforms Regular People's, NPR (10/19/09):Several recent studies have "found that serious musicians are better than other people at perceiving and remembering sounds. But it's not because they have better ears." It's because of their training and how that training changes their brains. 
Steven Spielberg Voices Support for Arts Funding, ArtsBlog (10/20/09): In his recent acceptance speech for the 2009 Liberty Medal in Philadelphia, Steven Spielberg described the Constitution, Bill of Rights, and the writings of leaders like Jefferson and Lincoln as not only the eloquent expression of incredible ideas, but great works of art. With this in mind, Spielberg emphasized the importance of the arts and arts funding in America. 
What Google Wave means for arts organizations, Technology in the Arts (10/23/09): Wave, the latest Google creation, was released October 1 to much excitement amongst early-adopter techies. What is Google Wave? As Google puts it: "We set out to answer the question: What would e-mail look like if we set out to invent it today. Three words jump to mind when describing the experience promised: real-time, collaborative communication.

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