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September 2009

In This Issue
Register Now for the Iowa Public Art Networking Conference Nov. 12-13
Iowa Arts Council Grant Writing Workshop Sept. 16
Focus on Poetry: Lamb Arts LTD
How Author Kali Van Baale Lives the Arts in Iowa
The Young Iowa Writer's Project
North Central Iowa Folk & Traditional Arts Survey to Begin This Fall
Iowa Folk & Traditional Artists at 2009 Midwest Folk Festival
New Funding Available From Johnson & Johnson and the Society for the Arts in Healthcare
In Her Words: Leo Connects Puppets, Learning
Governor Culver, Lt. Governor Judge Announce SOS Grant Recipients
IAC Out & About
ARTicles...of Note
Video Statement from New NEA Chairman
Artists and the Economic Recession Survey
NASAA Encourages Cultural Organizations to Honor 9/11 Day of Service

IAC Calendar

Sept. 4: Iowa Arts Council Board of Trustees meeting, Des Moines
Sept. 16: IAC Staff One-on-One & Grant Writing Workshop, State Historical Building, Des Moines (see related article)
Oct 21: IAC Office on the Road & Grant Writing Workshop, Wilson Performing Arts Center, Red Oak
Nov. 12-13: Public Art Networking Conference, 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 up to $1,500 in matching funds for arts-related projects.
EZ 1-2-3 Grants are back! Apply for up to $500 to bring an artist to your school or community in 2009-10.
Big Yellow School Bus Grants are back! Apply for $200 to pay transportation costs for school arts field trips in 2009-10.

IAC grant applicants: Remember this year there is NO October 1 deadline for Major Grant projects, due to state budget cuts. The next deadline for Major Grant applications will be April 1, 2010, for projects beginning July 1, 2010 or later. Monthly Mini Grants continue to be available -- applications are due the first business day of each month.

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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TOPRegister Now 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.
The 4.4 acre sculpture park will open to the public Sept. 29 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 twenty-first lecture in the series made possible through generous gifts by Louis and Lois Fingerman.
Friday 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.
Conference fee is $44.50 through Nov. 1; $60 after Nov. 1 and may be purchased at www.iowatix.com. For more information, download a conference brochure at www.iowaartscouncil.org.

Iowa Arts Council Grant Writing Workshop Sept. 16
Iowa Arts Council staff will visit with central Iowa artists and arts organizations about projects and grant opportunities, and offer a grant writing workshop September 16 in Des Moines.
One-on-one meetings with IAC staff may be scheduled between 8 a.m.and noon on Wednesday, September. 16 at the State Historical Building, 600 E. Locust Street in Des Moines. Iowa artists and arts organizations interested in one-on-one meetings should contact Sarah Ekstrand at sarah.ekstrand@iowa.gov or (515) 281-4657 to schedule an appointment.
The grant writing workshop will be from 1-4 p.m. on Wednesday, September 16 at the State Historical Building. During the workshop, IAC staff will present information about the IAC grant application process, funding priorities and guidelines, and tips for writing grants. Attendees will also participate in a mock panel review of actual Major or Mini grants submitted to IAC.
The workshop is open to artists, educators, or staff from arts and other community organizations who want to develop new arts projects. Additional grant writing workshops will be in Red Oak October 21 and in Des Moines December 16, 2009 and March 17, 2010.
Register here for the September and any subsequent grant writing workshops. 

Focus on Poetry: Lamb Arts LTD
LAMB Arts LTD in Sioux City is excited to be one of three Iowa partners to promote poetry and the National Endowment for the Arts' Poetry Out Loud National Recitation Contest.  

Diana Wooley, CEO, said everyone at LAMB is very eager to involve the young people in this area with a different sort of theatrical expression. 
"As a theatre, we expose our actors, students and audience with classic and modern plays and musicals," Wooley said. "Poetry Out Loud will give us the opportunity to look at the spoken word in a different light. We are thrilled to be a part of this program."

Classroom residency opportunities with three outstanding poets from Briar Cliff University in Sioux City will be available for area schools participating in Poetry Out Loud, through an EZ 1-2-3 POL Poetry Partners granting process. Jeanne Emmons, Tricia Currans-Sheehan, and Phil Hey have extensive and admirable careers as poets and educators.
"What is so exciting is that these three exceptional talents are so willing to share their experience and passion with high school students," Wooley said. "The meetings with them have been electric, sparked by their love of poetry and desire to share that passion by working with area students and their teachers."

LAMB Arts LTD is joined by Arts on Grand (Spencer) and Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center (Cedar Falls) as partners with the IAC for Poetry Out Loud.

Visit www.iowaartscouncil.org for updated information on the Poetry Out Loud Partners, the poets and grant information. Teachers may register to receive free POL curriculum and program resources on this site.
How Author Kali Van Baale Lives the Arts in Iowa 
Award-winning Iowa author Kali Van Baale lives on an acreage just outside Des Moines with her husband and three children who "give her equal amounts of pure grief and pure joy." In 2009, Van Baale was awarded an Iowa Arts Council Major Artist Grant to assist her in the completion of her third novel. She is listed on the Iowa Artist Directory, and supports the arts in Iowa, particularly fellow creative writers. Here she tells us a little more about herself, and how she "lives the arts in Iowa." 
Tell us about an unexpected (or maybe, surprising?) arts experience you've had.
Several years ago, I attended a weekend workshop taught by current-Pulitzer winner Elizabeth Strout at the University of Iowa Summer Writing Festival. After two days with her, my writing and entire approach to storytelling changed forever. Hands down, it was the most influential arts experience I've ever had.    
Who's your favorite Iowa artist?
Oh, tough one. I've gotten to know so many great Iowa-based writers. But right now, I'd have to say author Kimberly Stuart. She's so talented, funny, and most of all, a really generous friend and colleague. Plus I just love her blog.  
Tell us in 10 words or less why you're an artist.
"I write for the same reason I breathe, because I have to." (Quote shamelessly stolen from Isaac Asimov.)
Where do you write? Why that place?
I do most of my writing in my home office when the kids are at school, or at the public library. My criteria for writing space: a). comfortable chair; b). good lighting; and c). power outlet for my laptop (there's nothing worse than a dying battery when you're on a roll with a story). But I've also been known to jot down ideas while waiting in my car at a stoplight or pushing a grocery cart.
What did you do last Friday night?
Last Friday night (Aug. 14), I was camping at the State Fair with my family. We toured the Varied Industries building and bought a bucket of Barksdale cookies - which are now gone.
What's outside the nearest window?
My great-grandfather's porch swing.
Why do you Live the Arts in Iowa?
I've gotten everything I need and want in Iowa - education, work, home, family, friendships, community and my writing. Iowa has never given me a reason to "Live the Arts" anywhere else!    
Find out more about Kali Van Baale at her Web site, www.kalivanbaale.com.

The Young Iowa Writer's Project
For the last three years, the Iowa Arts Council, as part of the NEA's American Masterpieces Initiative, has provided funding to bring Iowa Writers' Workshop alumni into Iowa classrooms. 
Khaliah J. Williams, graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and Sarah Lawrence College, is the designated writer for the 2009-2010 school year. Originally from Philadelphia, Williams currently lives and teaches in Iowa City where she is working on her first novel and a collection of short stories.
Williams created the Iowa Young Writer's Project to help high school students engage with the work of master artists either from, or educated in, Iowa. She will conduct monthly residencies in which students strengthen their creative writing skills with exercises and readings from authors like Raymond Carver, ZZ Packer and Yi Yun Li.
At the end of the school year, participating students will be invited to attend a one-day writing conference with Iowa Writers' Workshop students and possibly faculty in fiction, nonfiction and poetry.
Williams will be available for school visits throughout Iowa. Each school visit will focus on one aspect of creating a short story. At the end of the year students will have used each of these lessons to create a short story of their own, and be prepared to take part in the spring writing event, thus becoming part of the Iowa writing tradition.
Khaliah Williams can be contacted directly at: khaliahwilliams@gmail.com or (646) 289-2034.
North Central Iowa Folk & Traditional Arts Survey to Begin This Fall
The Iowa Arts Council is pleased to welcome LuAnne Kozma, who will conduct the North Central Iowa folk and traditional arts survey starting this fall. Thanks to continued funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, Kozma will be looking for folk and traditional artists in the 18 counties in north central Iowa (north of US 20: Kossuth, Winnebago, Worth, Mitchell, Hancock, Cerro Gordo, Floyd, Humboldt, Wright, Franklin, Butler, Webster, Hamilton, Hardin, Grundy, Green, Boone, and Story).
According to Riki Saltzman, Iowa Folklife Coordinator, "folk and traditional arts include the traditional tales, music, dance, foodways, crafts, rituals, celebrations, and occupational lore that are learned in our families, communities, and religious or ethnic groups."
This survey will encompass the traditional arts from north central Iowa's lakes, rivers, and farms as well as those about local foods, auctions, Polka bands, and quilting. Kozma will also be looking at various ethnic traditions (German, Norwegian, Lao, Tai Dam, Lao, Mexican, Guatemalan, Somali, Asian Indian, African American) and more.   Nnew artists  will be added to the IAC's online resources for community and school programs.
Kozma, who also works for   the Michigan Traditional Arts Program, manages   the Michigan 4-H Youth Program. Since 1987, she has coordinated festival programs, a statewide barn survey, and the Michigan Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program.
Kozma's project is part of a  multi-year state-wide project to identify and document folk and traditional artists in Iowa. We need your help to do it right! If you know of north central Iowa folk and traditional artists who should be included in the survey, please contact Saltzman at (515) 242-6195 or riki.saltzman@iowa.gov, with name(s), a short description of the traditional art form, and contact information.       

Iowa Folk & Traditional Artists at 2009 Midwest Folk Festival
Iowa was well represented at the 9th Annual Midwest Folk Festival Aug. 1-2 in Bishop Hill, Ill. State arts agencies in Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin, in conjunction with the Bishop Hill Heritage Association and Company of Folk, presented this free outdoor event to celebrate the diverse cultures and folk artists of all three sponsoring states. Bahri Karacay (Turkish saz), Ismail Alyassri (Iraqi 'ud and net knitting), and the Quad Cities Ballet Folklorico (dancers) were all featured Iowa artists during the event.

Bahri Karacay
Ismail Alyassri
Ballet Folklorico
New Funding Available From Johnson & Johnson and the Society for the Arts in Healthcare
The Society for the Arts in Health Care and Johnson & Johnson are awarding grants to programs that build skills and health literacy in their communities and in the health and art fields. This funding is for not-for-profit organizations interested in partnering, working with artists, and with a healthcare-related project (think mental health, teen self-esteem, drug prevention, accessibility and the arts, etc.). Applicants, who must also be members of the Society for the Arts in Healthcare, are eligible to apply for up to $60,000 for three-year projects.
In 2008/09, the Johnson & Johnson/Society for Arts in Healthcare partnership awarded a total of $226,475 for projects with such intriguing titles as "Girl Talk/Yo Lo Tengo Arts-Based Self-Esteem," "The Art of Healing Loss: Support & Renewal for Caregivers and Veterans," "HeartStrings" (music for special needs populations), "Professional Performances for Hope and Healing in Domestic Violence Shelters," and "Our Voices, Our Lives: Theater Project for Adolescents Living with HIV/AIDS."
Of particular note is The University of Iowa Arts Share Program, which received funding to replicate "The Patient Voice Project," which offers creative writing as a therapeutic option for patients at Iowa hospitals. This project involves University of Iowa's Writers' Workshop graduate students, who meet with chronically ill patients and support groups to coordinate writing exercises tailored to patients' needs and focusing on the patient's experience.  For more information about this project, contact Arts Share at (319) 335-1618 or e-mail artsshare@uiowa.edu.  
The Society for the Arts in Health Care/Johnson & Johnson will award three-year grants to programs that are: replicable;  innovative; have specific and realistic goals; strong arts component; research potential; and organizational capacity.
Deadline: Letters of Inquiry due October 15, 2009 at 5 p.m. ET. Letters of Interest will be reviewed and notifications will be emailed in December, 2009. At that time, a full application will be invited. For more information on eligibility, program criteria, grant deadlines, and grantee requirements visit http://thesah.org.   

In Her Words: Leo Connect Puppets, Learning
Owner and founder of Eulenspiegel Puppets in West Liberty, puppeteer Monica Leo has been providing learning experiences for students as part of her performances before it became mainstream to do so. Since July 2008, Leo has been a participant in Creative Classrooms, a partnership between the IAC and Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center.* In her own words, Leo recounts how she makes the connection for students between learning and creative expression:
"I've been doing residencies for 30 years or more. When I started, no one even used the term 'curriculum connections,' but I think everyone who works in schools now realizes how important this aspect has become. The days of 'just come and do a puppet show and make some puppets with the kids' are over. I've found curriculum ties for most of our shows, but the Creative Classrooms program has definitely taken me to a new level and opened my brain to all sorts of new ideas. I've worked with some teachers who make these connections and teach through the arts quite naturally, and now I hope to be like them!
"I discovered that for me the key was to find a subject that consumes me as much (or almost as much) as puppets do. As someone who once flirted with a history major, hooking into our regional history (in my case Iowa Underground Railroad history) was a natural choice. I find it particularly compelling to help kids understand dramatic, world-changing events that happened right under their feet."
*Creative Classrooms is an initiative that supports arts education opportunities that expand and enhance classroom learning for greater student achievement. Fourteen teaching artists participated in Creative Classrooms training in 2008-09, and 11 of those will continue on in 2009-10.
**Image courtesy of the Quad City Times.
Governor Culver, Lt. Governor Judge Announce SOS Grant Recipients
Governor Chet Culver and Lt. Governor Patty Judge have announced 17 grants totaling $43,500 to support small and mid-sized arts, history and cultural organizations in Iowa.
"As we continue to move forward with our economic recovery, it is important that we maintain and strengthen our cultural infrastructure," Governor Culver said. "Iowa's arts, history and cultural organizations make significant contributions to our economy and quality of life, and these grants will help them, in very practical ways, as they work to make our communities more vibrant and exciting places to live and work and raise a family."
"During my travels throughout the state, I see the incredible work being done by Iowa's arts, history and cultural leaders and workers," Lt. Governor Judge said. "I continue to be inspired by their dedication to their crafts, their professions and their service to the people of Iowa."
The Department of Cultural Affairs' Small Operating Support grant program is designed to help small and mid-sized arts, history and cultural organizations with operational expenses, such as personnel, equipment purchases, software purchases, staff training or marketing and promotional expenses.
Click here for a list of FY10 grant recipients.


IAC Out & About
Sept. 3: Dawn Martinez Oropeza to Marshalltown for Creative Classrooms site visit
Sept. 3: Cyndi Pederson, Bruce Williams and Riki Saltzman to Mt. Pleasant for CLP site visit with Midwest Old Threshers
Sept. 8-11: Dawn Martinez Oropeza to Fargo, N.D., for Arts Education NASAA professional development
Sept. 9-11: Sarah Ekstrand to St Paul, Minn., for Midwest Arts Conference
Sept. 17: Riki Saltzman to Iowa State University, Ames, for annual meeting of the Center for Excellence in the Arts & Humanities
ARTicles...of Note
Were Arts Endowments Recklessly Invested? City Journal (July, 2009): The reductions in arts endowments reported over the past year have been significant, raising the question of how they have been managed. If the investment goal of arts endowments is the preservation of capital, how can they now face decreases of 35 percent, aside from the criminal actions of investors like Bernard Madoff?
New Endowment Chairman Sees Arts as Economic Engine, The New York Times (Aug. 7, 2009): Rocco Landesman, the new chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, has little patience for the disdain with which some politicians still seem to view the organization. 
U.S. Secretary of Education: Arts Help Students Become 'Team-Oriented Problem Solvers', PR Newswire (Aug. 18, 2009):The NAMM Foundation announced that it hosted a live, public teleconference [August 18] with U.S. Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan to discuss his recent letter sent to school and education community leaders outlining the importance of the arts as a core academic subject in U.S. public schools. 
Recession Challenges Artists Financially, Creatively, The Enquirer, (Aug. 17, 2009): In 2006, Brian Joiner's life was as wide open as the landscapes he painted. His salary was edging on six figures and his artistic star rising. By January 2009, Joiner was three months behind on his mortgage and not only fearing foreclosure but wondering what an artist does with the years of work he's accumulated if he becomes homeless.

Organizations Ask Congress to Include Arts and Artists in Healthcare Reform, MinnPost.com (Aug. 13, 2009): Americans for the Arts and 20 other nonprofit arts organizations called on Congress to pass legislation that will create a public insurance option for individual artists, according to a statement from the coalition.

Illinois: Peoria Lands Opportunity to Educate NEA Chair, Peoria Journal Star (Aug. 23, 2009): Rocco Landesman, the new National Endowment for the Arts chairman, has promised to visit Peoria sometime in early December-a promise that resulted after a verbal slip in a New York Times interview that implied that cities like Peoria probably don't have much going on culturally...Landesman is coming to Peoria, not to eat crow for the Times interview but to see what exactly is going on artswise in river city.
Arts Canvas: News from the Field, by Robert Lynch, President & CEO, Americans for the Arts: Senator Edward M. Kennedy was a titan for the arts, and I know the national arts community joins me in mourning his passing. Ever since The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts was opened as a living memorial to the late president, Senator Kennedy has carried forth the arts and humanities legacy that his brother began.  He powerfully advocated the need to nurture creativity and to broaden access to artistic excellence in the U.S. Senate, and his leadership extended to co-founding and co-chairing the Senate Arts Caucus. To read the rest of this post, please visit the Americans for the Arts ARTSBlog.


Video Statement from New NEA Chairman
Rocco Landesman recently began his tenure as Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. Please visit www.arts.gov to view a video greeting - available for download - to the American public.


Artists and the Economic Recession Survey
Is the recession over for you, or still going strong? As an artist, the conditions you face in this current economic climate should be heard and addressed.
The Artists and the Economic Recession Survey invites you to share your experience.The survey is being conducted by a fantastic organization based in New York called Leveraging Investments in Creativity (LINC), a ten-year national initiative to improve conditions for artists, and supervised by Princeton Survey Research Associates International. Completing the survey takes about 15 minutes and is offered in both English and Spanish.  

LINC has been working with organizations around the country to distribute the survey. Reaching as many artists as possible improves the quality of this important research, and better equips everyone who advocates for artists and the arts.

To complete the survey, please click on the link that follows or type the survey Web site address in your browser. To spread the word, please feel free to forward this email throughout your own networks. Survey web site:

Your participation in the survey is completely voluntary.  If you have any questions about this survey, please contact techsupport@psra.com.  

NASAA Encourages Cultural Organizations to Honor 9/11 Day of Service
The National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA) is encouraging cultural organizations across the U.S. to take part in the first official September 11 Day of Service and Remembrance.
In April, President Obama signed the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act and officially recognized Sept. 11 as a National Day of Service and Remembrance for the first time. This Sept. 11, Americans will join together in service projects across all 50 states and re-commit to serving their communities.
The day will mark the first milestone in the United We Serve program, President Obama's nationwide initiative to create a sustained, collaborative, and focused effort to meet community needs. The initiative is being led by the Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency that improves lives and strengthens communities though volunteering and service. For more information, visit www.Serve.gov.
Need ideas? Visit Beth's Blog for some good, simple suggestions on how arts groups can take advantage of this opportunity. http://beth.typepad.com.


The Iowa Arts Council is a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs.
The MISSION of the Iowa Arts Council is to enrich the quality of life for Iowans through support of the arts.
The VISION of the Iowa Arts Council is that Iowans recognize the arts are essential to their quality of life.
The Iowa Arts Council aims to empower Iowa's leaders in strengthening community life through the arts and provide leadership in stimulating a healthy arts environment.