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Summer is here and it's a wonderful time to get out and enjoy some cultural events in Iowa!
Take Advantage of Summer Arts Events
Farmer's markets, arts festivals, outdoor concerts or museum classes, workshops or learning activities can be found in nearly every community across the state. And the best part is that most of them are free! Travel Iowa has a thorough listing of events statewide, arranged on an easy-to-search calendar. Visit your local Chamber of Commerce - many produce brochures highlighting summer events. Local arts councils and newspapers are also great sources of information.
Here are a few events to check out:
Music in the Vineyard, Sunday afternoons, Baldwin: Rain or shine. Enjoy chilled wines by Tabor Home Winery, Iowa cheeses, BBQ pork sandwiches and live local music, 3-6 p.m. Free lemonade. Guests are welcome to bring a picnic. Tabor Home Winery is one mile north of Baldwin, Iowa. www.taborhomewinery.com
Riverside Theatre Shakespeare Festival, through July 11, Iowa City: Established annual festival featuring "Love's Labours Lost" and "Romeo and Juliet." www.riversidetheatre.org
Lakefest, July 23-25, Clear Lake: Art Sail, Iowa Storytelling Festival, and Lakeside DixieFest. Free performances by the Midwest's finest storytellers. Art Sail features 75 juried artists showcasing and selling art in City Park on the lake. Traditional Dixieland jazz by five professional jazz bands performing in City Park. Saturday night and Sunday.
87th Annual Sidney Rodeo, Aug. 3-7: Five performances featuring bareback and saddle bronc, steer wrestling, team roping, tie-down calf roping and much more. www.sidneyrodeo.us
Old Time Country Music & Bluegrass Festival, Le Mars, Aug. 30-Sept. 5: A celebration of America's musical heritage, with 10 stages, more than 600 acoustic performers, great food, arts and crafts, workshops, and the Tipi Village. www.orgsites.com/ia/oldtimemusic
|NEA Support Vital to Iowa's Arts Scene
by Mary Sundet Jones, IAC Administrator
I'd like to take this opportunity to thank and recognize the National Endowment for the Arts. The arts in Iowa would be far less vigorous without the federal support that comes from the NEA.
State arts agencies are important partners with the NEA to disburse federal funds. The Iowa Arts Council was recently awarded a state Partnership grant of $757,555 for use during our state 2010-2011 fiscal year. This funding, which makes up more than 40% of our annual budget, supports IAC grant programs, workshops, project development, and information resources. Along with partially supporting all other IAC grant programs, these federal funds make the Big Yellow School Bus and EZ 1-2-3 grant programs possible - programs that together connected more than 56,000 Iowans to the arts in 2009-2010. Partnership funding also makes possible statewide activities like the Public Art Network conference, the No More Starving Artists Conference, and our multi-year project to document Iowa folk and traditional artists.
The NEA's funds don't just go to the state arts agency, though. This year to date, the Endowment has also awarded Access to Artistic Excellence
grants to Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre, Cedar Rapids Symphony Orchestra, Des Moines Metro Opera, Des Moines Symphony Orchestra, Iowa State University, Red Cedar Chamber Music (Marion), Summer of the Arts (Iowa City), and University of Iowa's Hancher Auditorium. The NEA also awarded Challenge America Fast-Track
grants to Iowa Trails Council, the State Historical Society of Iowa, and Grinnell College, and an American Masterpieces grant to University of Iowa's Hancher Auditorium. These grants coupled with the Partnership funding bring $909,555 to Iowa.
This past year, the National Endowment for the Arts preserved arts jobs in 19 Iowa nonprofit arts organizations as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Every job preserved represents one more person not signing up for unemployment, and one more person helping keep the arts alive in Iowa.
Beyond direct funding and jobs preservation, the federal agency has several initiatives that have set the stage for greater arts participation in Iowa. The Poetry Out Loud
National Recitation contest, now in its 5th year, actively engaged more than 1,700 Iowa high school students in 35 schools just this past year. Groups in Iowa City and Waukee participated in The Big Read
this past year, an NEA initiative that inspires people toward reading. The most recent initiative, Blue Star Museums
, offers free admission to participating museums for active duty military and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day. There are currently seven Iowa museums participating.
Recently, the Endowment started a public awareness campaign called Art Works
, under the leadership of Chairman Rocco Landesman. I invite you to go to his Art Works blog to learn more about this campaign. While you're there, enter a post on how art works in your community. We know that art works in our state - let's share those stories!
|Grant Recipients! Remember Your Final Reports Are Due July 30
Final reports provide the Iowa Arts Council with valuable information that is used in its annual reports to the National Endowment for the Arts, the Iowa General Assembly, and in granting programs.
Though IAC prefers to receive final reports within 30 days following the funded activity, the absolute last day to submit a final report for any grant received between July 1, 2009 and June 30, 2010, will be Friday, July 30, 2010.
Completion of the final report informs IAC of the actual result of the grant project. It also provides grant recipients with the opportunity to assess their project. This assessment is important to the Iowa Arts Council and will not affect future applications as long as the grant activity was completed in compliance with the Iowa Arts Council Service Contract.
If the final report is not received by July 30, any future grants to individuals or organizations from IAC will be jeopardized and a fee charged.
Grant recipients should have received the final report form in their grant award packet. One is also available to be downloaded on the Iowa Arts Council Web site. Contact Linda Lee, grants manager, at Linda.Lee@iowa.gov with any questions.
|The Process of Creation
By Rosanne Malek
Ed. Note---Beginning this month, the Iowa Arts Council will feature Iowans thoughtfully addressing the importance of arts education, in their life, community and for all Iowans. IAC is committed to supporting education in and through the arts for all Iowans, recognizing the arts as vital to a well-rounded education and essential to the quality of life in Iowa. Here, Rosanne Malek considers what occurs when we actually engage in creative work, rather than just viewing what others have created.
As artists and educators it is our privilege and responsibility to actively engage in the process of creating and to encourage creativity in others.
While society deems us "cultured" when we participate in admiring a finished product or image, or attend a music or theatre performance, there is often a lack of awareness surrounding the process that created the admired work of art.
As an artist gathers the physical materials and supplies to begin forming a visual or aural expression, there is also an internal collection of tools - sifting through a mental file of various half-formed ideas, the intrinsic play of visions and impressions of movement, sounds, textures and colors, and following the intuitive, seeming to reach towards invisible realms.
When we engage in creative work, we sit with and sift through the raw materials that have come into our hands and heart, hoping to find movement and shape from the muse that wants to be revealed. There is an inherent tension in this process - at times it can be chaotic and intense. At other times the whole idea and piece comes at once, and it is all you can do to keep up with the movement, allowing one brushstroke to simply follow another.
In the creative process, one has to risk learning something that may shake up common assumptions to a new way of seeing. One also risks falling short of a personal expectation to convey in shape or color that the imagination has conjured while dancing with seen and unseen worlds.
An artist is responsible for the risks taken and sacrifices made. When the finished work goes out into the world, the artist needs to feel that it is the very best of what there is to offer at that time. Holding back out of concern for others' reactions never serves the creative process. Holding back for any reason will produce a work tainted with the taste of fear.
Committing to creative work requires a commitment to the process and the willingness to risk personal expression. Continue to gather the muse, encourage the development of creative and artistic skills, and honor the creative process.
Csikszentmihalyi, Mihaly (1996). Creativity: Flow and the psychology of discovery and invention. New York: HarperCollins.
Dreamer, Oriah Mountain (2005). What we ache for: Creativity and the unfolding of your soul. San Francisco: HarperCollins.
Pink, Daniel H. (2005). A whole new mind: Why right-brainers will rule the future. New York, New York: Riverhead Books.
Rosanne Malek is the Education Program Consultant for K-12 arts education as well as gifted/talented programming at the Iowa Department of Education. Her formal education includes Administration Certification in Educational Leadership from Colorado University, Master of Music Education degree from Johns Hopkins University/Peabody Conservatory of Music, and Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Wyoming.
Marion and Linn County Plan for Public Art
Both the City of Marion and Linn County received funding from the Iowa Arts Council to devise public art master plans for their communities.
"Creating this master plan will impact the future quality of life for the entire Marion - Cedar Rapids - Iowa City corridor," said Marion Chamber of Commerce President Jill Ackerman. "Our designation as an Iowa Great Place has come on the heels of a comprehensive Chamber-led visioning process called 'IMAGIN8' during which the acquisition of public art emerged as one of our community priorities."
For Linn County, the focus is to develop a public art program and project management of public art selection following passage of an arts ordinance in December 2009 that created a nine-member Public Arts Commission. The same ordinance dictated one percent of a new public building's budget be directed toward public art.
"Our goal is to have an excellent plan in place for public art and to assist and direct the selection of art for redevelopment and new construction in Linn County," said Linn County Supervisor Linda Langston. "Long term, we'll use this plan to assure the best process possible for future public art installations in Linn County facilities."
Both the Marion Chamber of Commerce and Linn County representatives will hire consultants to establish an advisory committee comprised of arts council, city council, city staff, local arts representatives, school and community leaders and volunteers.
"Marion's Central Corridor Redevelopment Plan includes a significant outdoor public art component," Ackerman said. "Proposed trails through the city as well as the main thoroughfare will be punctuated with sculptural work. There are many arts efforts taking shape in Marion right now that will benefit the entire community and visitors alike."
Linn County already has public building projects in the works, with plans to not only have the master plan in place, but also have artists selected and hired by June 2011.
"One area we're particularly excited about is that one of our new buildings will house Options, a sheltered workshop for people with disabilities," said Langston. "Public art will be integrated in significant ways such that those clients will be able to interact with it on a daily basis."
Photo: "B and B" by artist Gary Bolden. Created for Marion's 2007 event "Art in the Pots."
|DCA Awards More Than $250,000 in Community Cultural Grants
Governor Chet Culver and Lt. Governor Patty Judge announced more than $250,000 in grants that support jobs and enhance artistic, cultural and historical resources in Iowa.
The Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs awarded 17 Iowa Community Cultural Grants totaling $251,600 to organizations in 12 Iowa communities.
The ICCG program supports projects and employment for museum exhibits, historic restoration and archaeology, folklife and other arts festivals, public art, ethnic heritage and performing arts events and companies.
ICCG-supported jobs include a wide range of positions for Iowans: contracts for artists to perform or teach; labor costs for renovation or construction projects in cultural organizations; and part-time and full-time educators, program managers, tour guides, executive directors and more.
For a complete list of this year's ICCG recipients, visit www.culturalaffairs.org.
North Central Iowa Folk and Traditional Arts Survey Concludes
By LuAnne Kozma, Contract folklorist
North Central Iowa Folklife Survey
The people I met throughout North Central Iowa were as intrigued with the idea of documenting folk and traditional arts as I was with their traditions. There can't be a better job for a folklorist--traveling and talking with artists and musicians and cooks, learning about heartfelt traditions that are important to people in their homes, workplaces, communities, and places of worship. In all, I conducted 67 interviews across 18 counties.
Polka masters Malek's Fishermen, from the Czech community of Duncan, are well-known throughout Iowa for their upbeat dance music. Fort Dodge's country music scene features longtime musicians Bobby Awe and Dale Eichor. The Latino community around Hampton holds events like dances, family parties, and a recent Mexican children's festival.
Work-related traditional arts are a fundamental part people's lives. Auctioneers Frank Fox (Mason City) and brothers Darwin and Darrell Adams (Iowa Falls) carry on the verbal art of bid-calling. Webster City master artist and third-generation saddle maker Kenny Veach is known for miles around for his exquisite saddles, repair work, and rodeo roping skills. He still uses some of his grandfather's patterns for saddles and leatherwork designs. Young bull riders and horse trainers Lavern and Calvin Yoder (Zearing) are two in a contingent of professional bull rider hopefuls in the Circle C rodeo circuit.
Madrid's master harness maker Bruce Gardner is known for his exceptional draft horse harnesses. Award-winning taxidermist Greg Cuvelier (Aplington) works full time making creative mounts of hunted and trapped animals, a passion inspired by his big game hunter grandfather. Farmer Melvin Faber (Burt) has branched out to include maple syrup making. And for Charles City's Danny Griffin, traditional beekeeping has turned from a hobby into a way to earn a living.
Home crafts such as rug making and in particular quilting are everywhere here. Rag rug weaving, which recycles old clothing and fabrics, is practiced by several individuals I met including Hugo Armbrecht, of Colo, who started making rag rugs after he retired from farming. At the age of 90, he is still doing production rug making. Darrel Stephan (Jefferson) makes hundreds of rugs each year, often using denim from old jeans people drop off at his home workshop.
Jen Nevenhoven, one of many good quilters I met, learned to quilt from her grandmother. Jen now owns a quilt shop in Aplington. Quilters Pamela Thomas (Badger), Sylvia Blocker, (Bancroft), Christine Bell and Greta Herrstrom (Madrid), Caroline Gabel (Charles City), Wilma Aldrich (Rowan), Florence Nelson (Leland) and Elaine Bergan (Lake Mills) were also documented for the survey.
Food traditions are central in people's lives, for how we eat and what we eat has a lot to do with who we are. Norwegians in Lake Mills and Story City make pastries such as kringla, meatballs and potatoes, kumla (potato dumpling) and ham, and a potato pancake called lefse for their family at holidays. Familiar Mexican dishes and ingredients can be found in the Mexican eateries and grocerias in Hampton, Clarion, and Webster City, but certain items, like tres leches [three milks] cake and tamales [masa (ground corn dough) stuffed with sweet or savory fillings, wrapped in cornhusks, and steamed], are usually prepared at home in those communities.
Many of the folk and traditional artists documented for this project will be available for bookings, demonstrations, and educational programs. They are eager to share their traditions with larger audiences. Check the Iowa Arts Council's Folk and Traditional Artists Roster later this year for more information or contact IAC Folklife Coordinator, Riki Saltzman, at email@example.com.
LuAnne Kozma is a professional folklorist who conducted the Iowa Arts Council's NEA-funded North Central Iowa Folklife Survey. She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or through the Iowa Arts Council.
|New Stamps Feature Work of Cedar Falls Artist
By Melody Parker, Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier (June 22, 2010)
Don't be surprised if you see Gary Kelley standing in line to purchase new stamps at the Cedar Falls U.S. Post Office. The award-winning artist has created the artwork for the 33rd stamp in the Black Heritage series issued June 22.
Kelley is a featured artist in the Iowa Arts Council's K-12 "Influence and Inspiration" curriculum, which invites students to examine what inspires and influences each featured artist and leads them to consider the people, places, concepts, things and ideas that inspire them as a student, person and artist.
The 44-cent stamp features pioneer filmmaker Oscar Micheaux, who wrote, directed, produced and distributed more than 40 films in the early to mid 20th century. He is being recognized for his "entrepreneurial spirit and independent vision," according to a U.S Postal Service press release.
Kelley's subtle pastel is based on a portrait of Micheaux that appeared in his 1913 novel, "The Conquest." Kelley said there were several portraits from the same angle.
"I took some liberties, but you can't get too creative or complicated with the artwork."
He completed and submitted the artwork nearly three years ago. The process is lengthy from artwork to postage stamp, which Kelley learned when he was commissioned to create stamps commemorating gospel singers Mahalia Jackson, Clara Ward, Roberta Martin and Sister Rosetta, issued in 1998.
Stamp subjects must have been deceased for 5 years, with the exception of U.S. presidents, and celebrate events, achievements and people who have shaped the country's history or culture. A citizens advisory board evaluates suggestions from the public, and the Postmaster General makes the decision on stamps to be issued.
"They're pretty particular about the program. You can say you're doing a stamp but you can't say whose portrait you're working on," Kelley said. He has four more movie-related stamps in the pipeline for issuance in 2010 or 2011.
Reprinted with permission of the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier; with additonal information added by the Iowa Arts Council.
How A Museum Director Lives the Arts in Iowa
Steve Hansen of Sioux City is the director of the Sioux City Public Museum and is also a former state legislator, serving in both the Iowa House and Senate from 1986 to 2002. An Iowa Arts Council board member since 2005, he was recently reappointed by Governor Culver to continue his service as chair of the board for another term. Here he talks about how he "Lives the Arts in Iowa."
What do you collect and why?
For the past 15 years I have collected contemporary Native American Indian artwork and primarily purchase directly from the artist. I have been a collector of something since grade school and as one grows so do one's interests and wants. I became interested in Native American culture and the southwest during my college years. Each trip to the southwest I would pick up a piece of artwork and before I knew it I was attending shows, galleries and seeking out more museums. I love the interaction between the artists and myself. I collect regional artists also but from a practical standpoint have run out of wall space and other places to showcase the work.
Who is your favorite Iowa artist?
Grant Wood would be my favorite deceased artist. There are many current Iowa artists that I really appreciate and try to purchase their work.
What inspires you the most about Iowa?
The land, the sunsets and the people are what keep me here. I love to travel but I am always happy to get back home.
Where do you live?
I live in the beautiful Loess Hills of Sioux City, Iowa. From my house I can see Nebraska and hear South Dakota.
Look out the nearest window- what do you see?
My office is on the 3rd floor of an 1890's mansion and when I look out my windows I can see two grand homes from the same era. Gorgeous three story Victorian homes that have been restored authentically.
If you didn't live in Iowa, where would you and why?
I asked myself that question several times this past winter. Probably northern California where I would be a couple of hours away from mountains to the east and a couple of hours away from the ocean to the west. Close to big cities but could still find rural life as we know it in Iowa.
What did you do last Friday night?
Played 9 holes of golf with only one other person on the course then went home and started to work my way through my reading backlist.
|New Artists Added to Folk & Traditional Artists Roster
The Iowa Arts Council is pleased to welcome these new additions to the Iowa Folk & Traditional Artists Roster. Artists selected for the Folk & Traditional Artists Roster exemplify their ethnic, occupational, regional or religious traditional skills and knowledge which reflects their community's aesthetics and heritage. Each must undergo an audition process prior to be selected for the FTA Roster.
Some of these artist's pages have been recently updated, so please do check them out!
Catalina Ibarra, (crafts/visual arts) Mexican cornhusk flowers
Norman Hogrefe, (music) Polka
Mariachi Nuevo Guachinango, (music) Mariachi band
Irene Myrabo Kucinski, (crafts and visual arts, dance) Norwegian hardanger embroidering, rosemaling, foodways, Norwegian folk dance
Keg Creek Boot and Saddle Shop, (crafts and visual arts) Western boot making and repair, saddle repair, horse training and riding
North Central Iowa:
Tim Westemeyer and Kathy Hulse, (dance) Polka, Waltz, ballroom
Malek's Fishermen Band, (music) Polka
Dual Gony, (oral traditions) African, Sudanese, Nuer (updated)
Arnhild Hillesland, (crafts and visual arts) Norwegian knitting(updated)
Jack Libbey, (storytelling) tow boats and river life, occupational tales (updated)
Brown Otter Singers Song and Dance Group (dance, music) Meskwaki dance, Meskwaki music (drum and vocal)
Howard Crow Eagle, (storytelling) Diné (Navajo) and Rosebud Sioux narratives
And new to FTA as individuals (all are also part of larger groups already on the FTA roster):
RJ Hernandez (central IA, music) Mexican canciones, boleros, huapangos, rancheros, nortenos, and jarachos
Zulfeta Rizvic (northeast IA, dance) Bosnian
Aldijana Radoncic (central IA, dance, crafts and visual arts) Bosnian traditional dance, Bosnian traditional foodways
Rosa Loza (western IA, dance) Mexican folklorico dance, dance costumes
|NEA Releases Results of "Audience 2.0" Survey
When compared with non-media participants, Americans who participate in the arts through technology and electronic media - using the Internet, television, radio, computers, and handheld devices - are nearly three times more likely to attend live arts events; attend twice as many live arts events; and attend a greater variety of genres of live arts events, according to a report released June 25 by the National Endowment for the Arts.
Audience 2.0: How Technology Influences Arts Participation looks at who is participating in the arts through electronic media, what factors affect their participation, and the relationship between media-based arts activities, live attendance, and personal arts creation. The findings in Audience 2.0 are intended to help arts organizations better understand their audiences' uses of technology and electronic media. Read more...
|IAC Out & About
July 8: Dawn Martinez Oropeza attends Art Educators of Iowa/Youth Art Month meeting
July 9: Dawn Martinez Oropeza to Hampton for Poetry Out Loud meeting
July 10: Dawn Martinez Oropeza to Steamboat Rock for meeting with local historical society
July 12: Dawn Martinez Oropeza attends Art Educators of Iowa Summer Board meeting in Grundy Center
July 17: Dawn Martinez Oropeza to Iowa City Book Festival with Iowa Poetry Out Loud champion John Emmet Mahon
Curation Is Missing From Arts Venues Across America
, Huffington Post (June 7, 2010):Nearing the end of his 69-city tour, Michael Kaiser reports that he "was depressed to see how many venues I visited presented performances that were entirely interchangeable with performances at other venues. It is not that the art was bad. It simply was not special or unique to the organization." American Gothic To Become French Toast?
, Indianapolis Star
(June 14, 2010): "This weekend, artists from an Indiana gallery 'plan to re-create Grant Wood's American Gothic painting using day-old bread. ... [They will] create a mosaic by attaching nearly 4,000 pieces of crusty bread to a plywood grid. They are calling the event a 'toast' to their customers.'" Prepping NYC's Pianos For Their Public-Art Debut
, The New York Times
(June 15, 2010): "On corners, in parks, the pianos will be an eyeful as well as an earful, with attention-getting cases and living-color keys -- green or blue, or all black instead of the usual allotment of 52 white and 36 black. So before the whole city finds out who needs to brush up on the 'Minuet in G,' volunteers have been putting brushes to the pianos." When Art Schools Take Sports Seriously
, Wall Street Journal
(June 16, 2010): "Art-school sports resemble intercollegiate athletics at other colleges and universities, but there are some notable differences. For one thing, art-school athletes often haven't been active in sports previously. ... At art school, the stars are still artists, rather than athletes, and celebrations of victories are relatively muted." Executives Look for Creativity
: According to a survey conducted by American Management Association, more than 57% of executives surveyed agreed that their employees are measured in creativity during annual performance reviews. Seventy-five percent of executives said these skills will become more important to their organizations in the next three to five years. Federal Agency Still Tracking Works Progress Administration Art
, The Washington Post
(June 7, 2010): "A project quietly launched nine years ago by the agency responsible for most federal property is encouraging art dealers, auctioneers, museums, and yard sale customers to look out for paintings, drawings, and sculptures produced by artists paid by the New Deal's Works Progress Administration."