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June 2010

In This Issue
IAC Board Member Earns Broadway League Award
IAC Welcomes New Staff Member Veronica O'Hern, Shifts Some Staff Duties
DCA Small Operating Support Grant Deadline July 26
Welcome New Roster Artists
Arts Leaders Celebrate New Q-C Partnership
IAC Selects Three Arts Scholarship Recipients
How the Cultural Affairs Director Lives the Arts in Iowa
Iowa Poetry Out Loud Champ Goes to Washington
IAC Awards Nearly $300,000 in Grants
Creative Classrooms' Graduation
Art in Unexpected Places
Marshalltown Hosts Latino Heritage Festival This Weekend
Decorah Earns Spot on "Best Communities for Music Education" List
Planning to Exhibit at an Arts Festival This Summer? Don't Forget Your Insurance
Listen Up - Great Arts Podcasts!
Save the Date: Iowa Culture and Language Conference Nov. 2-3, 2010
Did Your Nonprofit Miss That Deadline? Don't Worry!
IAC Out & About
ARTicles...of Note

IAC Calendar

 
June 4: Iowa Arts Council Board meeting, Red Oak

June 9: IAC Grant Workshop, 1-4:30 p.m., State Historical Building, Des Moines
 
July 26: Small Operating Support grant deadline. See related article for information.

Ongoing:
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)
 
NOTICE: Big Yellow School Bus and EZ 1-2-3 grant funds will be available again beginning July 1, 2010. 

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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.
 

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Artist opportunities, cultural events listings and more at the In-Box.  
 
 
 
 
 
 
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TOPIAC Board Member Earns Broadway League Award
When The Broadway League revealed its 2010 "League Educator Apple Awards" in March, an Iowa Arts Council board member was one of only four on the list. 
 
Ruth Ann Gaines received the award June 1, 2010. Over the last 12 years, Gaines has collaborated with the Civic Center of Greater Des Moines. She has enthusiastically encouraged her high school students to participate in multicultural, in-depth learning and performance experiences. Her students have seen multiple shows at the Civic Center, including the Broadway touring productions of The Color Purple, Twelve Angry Men, The Phantom of the Opera and The Lion King. She has helped shape and implement curriculum, recruit speakers, and engage participating students in all six Des Moines public high schools.
 
Rachel Reiner of The Broadway League presented Gaines with the award   during the Des Moines Public Schools regular board meeting.
 
The Broadway League is the national trade organization for the commercial theatre industry. The awards acknowledge the efforts of local schools and community groups that support programs relating to Broadway or touring Broadway shows, promoting further development of theatre education.
 
 
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IAC Welcomes New Staff Member Veronica O'Hern, Shifts Some Staff Duties 
The Iowa Arts Council is proud to welcome new part-time Panels & Directories Facilitator Veronica O'Hern. In sync with O'Hern's arrival, Sarah Ekstrand has moved from a full-time to a half-time IAC position.  Ekstrand's job will focus on artist services, the Live the Arts campaign, and grants workshops.
 
O'Hern's job duties include managing IAC's grant review panelist pool and the logistics of panel review meetings, coordinating the Iowa Scholarship for the Arts and keeping the online IAC Artist Directory and Rosters current.
 
O'Hern grew up in Ankeny where she said her "artistic seed" was planted early. After graduating from Ankeny High School, she went to New York City where she was able to let her artistic inclinations bud under the bright lights. She earned her BFA in Photography and Imaging with a Spanish minor from New York University. While there, she said she gained invaluable experience working for Enfoco, a nonprofit arts organization that promotes the work of minority photographers. 
 
"Having returned to my roots in Iowa, I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work promoting the arts in my home state," she said. "I am most excited about connecting with Iowa artists and participating in the Iowa Art Council's programs that facilitate the completion of their projects."
 
O'Hern begins her duties June 1, and her hours are to be determined. She can be reached at (515) 281-3293 or Veronica.OHern@iowa.gov. Ekstrand's office hours are Tuesday-Thursday from 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m., and she can be reached at 515-281-4657 or Sarah.Ekstrand@iowa.gov
 

DCA Small Operating Support Grant Deadline July 26
The deadline for nonprofit arts, history and cultural organizations to submit applications for the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs' Small Operating Support grants is July 26, 2010.
 
SOS grants are targeted to arts, history and cultural organizations. Applicants may apply for up to $2,500 to support specific expenses that will help their day-to-day operations. This round of SOS grants funding must be used Sept. 1, 2010-June 30, 2011.
 
The intent of this grant program is to support such operating expenses as hiring a consultant or contracted employees; paying costs related to technology such as software purchases, staff training, web development; marketing and promotional expenses; or temporary relief of operating costs such as rent or utilities due to the costs of special programs.
 
SOS funds may not be used for capital expenses or for political lobbying activities, or for activities already receiving funds from or used as matching funds for another DCA grant program.
 
SOS applications must be received in the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs office by 4:30 p.m. on July 26, 2010. DCA is at 600 E. Locust Street, Des Moines, Iowa 50319. Visit www.culturalaffairs.org or contact Dawn Martinez Oropeza at (515) 281-5773 for more information. 
 
 
Welcome New Roster Artists
The Iowa Arts Council has added six artists and groups to its Teaching and Performing Artist rosters.
 
Selected through a juried process, these artists and groups now have a valuable "stamp of approval" from the IAC.  They are eligible to work in projects funded by IAC EZ 1-2-3 grants and can use the roster designation to market and promote themselves to prospective clients and sponsors.
 
"It's a significant accomplishment for these artists and groups because they have to demonstrate a level of excellence in order to be approved for these rosters," IAC Administrator Mary Sundet Jones said. "We are pleased to add these wonderful artists to our rosters, which are a resource for venues, teachers and the public to find and contact high quality performers in Iowa."
 
Following is the list of artists and groups added to IAC's Teaching and Performing Artist rosters:
 
  • Lisa Ponton to the Teaching Artist Roster (Cedar Rapids) - Lisa teaches viola residencies for individuals or for groups of students.
  • Kem Bappe to the Teaching Artist Roster (Mount Pleasant) - Kem teaches visual arts residencies of varying lengths.
  • Bob Welch to the Teaching Artist Roster (Dubuque) - Bob is a storyteller and musician who focuses on the music and tales of the American Civil War.  
  • Truckstop Souvenir to the Performing Artist Roster (Fairfield). Truckstop Souvenir is the folk inspired-singer/songwriter duo of Lauryn Shaper and Dennis James.
  • The Beggarmen to the Performing Artist Roster (Iowa City) - a 4-member Celtic music group who perform around the Midwest and have released 2 CDs
  • Karan Founds-Benton to the Performing Artist Roster (Coon Rapids) - Karan primarily performs staged adaptations of the novel "Driving the Body Back," by Iowa Poet Laureate Mary Swander.
 
 
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Arts Leaders Celebrate New Q-C Partnership
By Jonathan Turner, Quad Cities Online
 
Jobs let you feed your family. The arts feed your soul.

About 140 people attended the first "State of the Arts" luncheon May 20 at the Figge Art Museum in Davenport to learn how local arts, culture and heritage define society and humanity-and how they are key to economic development.

"The arts remind us what is important to the human spirit. In times of hardship, they lift the spirit," said former Rock Island Mayor Mark Schwiebert, a painter and member of the new Experience Quad Cities (EQC) advisory board.

A strong arts scene is a "critical tool for economic development," he said, because employers look beyond the quality of a workforce to a community's quality of life when deciding where to locate.

"The better we can package that through Experience Quad Cities, the better off we'll be in attracting people to the community," Schwiebert said. EQC will provide resources and programs individual organizations alone couldn't produce, cooperating to improve marketing power and reach while building the Q-C economy with promotions that feature arts, culture and heritage.

A new Web site - www.experiencequadcities.com - will go live July 1, 2010. For now, the EQC will rely on its board member and volunteers to maintain the Web site and initial programs. The site will connect artists and cultural organizations, and list events. EQC is also a member-based organization: annual fees are $50/individuals; $100-$250/organizations.
 
Similar arts collaborations exist in Des Moines, northwest Iowa, and the Iowa City-Cedar Rapids corridor.

"If you're running your nonprofit the same way as 10 years ago, you're in big trouble," Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs Director Cyndi Pederson told the audience. "You have to change, reinvent yourself. I applaud you for that."
 

Reprinted with permission of The Dispatch and The Rock Island Argus
 
 
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IAC Selects Three Arts Scholarship Recipients
The Iowa Arts Council has selected three Iowa high school students from Iowa Falls, Marion, and Urbandale to receive the 2010 Iowa Scholarship for the Arts.
 
The award is given to Iowa residents who will graduate from an Iowa high school during the 2009-2010 academic year and have proven artistic ability in dance, literature (creative writing), music, theater, traditional arts or visual arts.
 
Each recipient will receive $1,000 towards his or her college tuition and related expenses as a full-time undergraduate at a fully-accredited Iowa college or university with a major in one or more of the disciplines considered for the award.
 
This year's recipients are:
Evan Stenzel from Iowa Falls (Iowa Falls-Alden High School) will attend Iowa State University.  He has been accepted into the vocal music program and will major in vocal music with a minor in music education. "I'm looking forward to being with other musicians who love music as much as I do," he said. 
 
 
Taylor Buckley of Marion will graduate from Marion High School and enter Iowa State University in the fall, planning a double-major in Graphic Design and Creative Writing. She remarked, "I'm most looking forward to meeting a large circle of artists and expanding my base of knowledge and creative vision."

 
Jillian Whitaker from Urbandale (Urbandale High School) will attend the University of Northern Iowa where she will double major in Music Composition/Theory and Saxophone Performance. "I'm looking forward to pursuing my career goals and surrounding myself with classes and people who are just as dedicated to music as I am," Whitaker noted.
 

How the Cultural Affairs Director Lives the Arts in Iowa
As the face of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, Cyndi Pederson has been a vocal advocate for Iowa's artists and cultural organizations. More than an administrator, Pederson is herself an artist and taught elementary art education which developed her understanding of the need for children to be immersed in art early on as a segue to successful learning throughout their lives. Here, she talks about how she "Lives the Arts in Iowa." 
 
Do you have a favorite Iowa artist (musician, visual artist? another dancer/dance group)?
I would not say I have one favorite. I am intrigued by each artist with their style, subject matter and how they utilize the medium to pull out their best work. The reason I do not have a favorite artist is because I dabble in many mediums myself. I guess like the old saying goes, "A crafter of many, and a master of none." I enjoy so many different kinds of art: watercolors, acrylics, printmaking, papermaking, piano, theater, clay. 
 
Many people may not know that you are yourself an artist and educator - could you tell us about that?
My mother was a kindergarten teacher and my father was a Des Moines Police Officer but also was a self-taught watercolor artist. I guess I took something from both of them and pursued a career as an art teacher. My philosophy in art is much more about the experience. After my three daughters were born I did open my own art studio in my backyard and taught private and semi private art lessons to students after school and on Saturdays. It was my way of fulfilling my desire to teach and be home with my young family. 
 
What inspires you the most about living in Iowa?
I feel Iowa has the best of everything. The landscape is so beautiful; it is very different from one side of the state to the other and very different from season to season. We are a very progressive state. We have done a good job identifying and capitalizing on our resources. We have a good education system and good Midwestern values. My biggest inspiration comes from the people who live here. I am proud that we are a welcoming state, there is so much to gain learning about other cultural traditions and practices. Iowans are very generous, helpful and resourceful. 
 
What's just outside your window?
Just outside my window has to be one of the most beautiful views on the Capitol Complex. I can see the Japanese Bell that was given to Iowa by the people of Yamanashi, Japan. I also see a new intriguing sculpture by Des Moines artist James Ellwanger that was installed within the last year: Shattering Silence. At night I see towering above the terrace the colorful light sculpture Plains Aurora by artist Cork Marcheschi.
 
And if I step out onto the terrace, I have an awe inspiring view of downtown and a fabulous view of the State Capitol! It is a beautiful view, and I feel most fortunate to be able to experience it during my time as Director of Cultural Affairs.
 
What did you do last Friday night?
My Fridays are always so different. Last Friday night we hosted an event here at the Historical Museum called Love and Valor. It was a documentary of letters that were written back and forth between a husband and wife during the Civil War. We are approaching the sesquicentennial of the Civil War and there is a great interest in that time in history. Right before that the Iowa Historical Foundation hosted a reception for new potential board members. It was a busy night.
 
Tell us about an unexpected arts experience you've had recently.
I was at an event at the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center [in Cedar Falls] called "Crème de la Crème." It was an evening of sharing the talents of many Iowans. They were all very good in their own way but I can't stop thinking about how cool the last act was. Have you ever heard five grand pianos playing at once, completely synchronized? It was simply amazing!
 
What's your wildest dream for the arts in Iowa?
My wildest dream would be that EVERY Iowan would send the Department of Cultural Affairs just ONE dollar so we could use the funds to highly promote and support arts and culture in our state. I am not sure what the 2010 census will tell us but it would be close to $3 MILLION! WOW what we could do with these additional funds! OK....wake up Cyndi, it's only a dream!
  
 
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Iowa Poetry Out Loud Champ Goes to Washington
By John-Emmett Mahon
 
When I first heard of Poetry Out Loud, I was excited that my school planned to participate and jumped at the opportunity. This was a first, yet I anticipated a great experience since I have always loved performing arts. My expectations were exceeded when I was chosen to participate in Des Moines. The Iowa POL competition is an amazing event, and I was blessed to be selected the state winner, then extremely honored to represent Iowa in Washington, D.C.
 
From the state level on, POL is professionally orchestrated by friendly and supportive people. Dawn Oropeza and the Iowa Arts Council staff went out of their way to prepare me for the national competition, while Karen Newell and the national event team simplified the entire process and facilitated an amazing experience for all in Washington, D.C. At both levels, the talent of each competitor was outstanding; everyone was a winner, and I felt honored to be on the same stage with them.
 
POL was one of the greatest experiences of my high school years; poetry study and recitation will remain a major personal interest throughout my life as a result. I take with me a deeper appreciation for poetry in general, and fully realize how much power there is in the manner by which each word is spoken. I also acquired skills to present myself more effectively, simply by interacting with brilliant kids from throughout the nation.  I am especially grateful for wonderful friends whom I now communicate with, and only hope I blessed their lives as much as they blessed mine. 
 
Mahon, 17, is a senior at PeaceMakers Academy in Sioux City.
 
Mahon and other POL school champions will perform at the Des Moines Arts Festival June 26. Mahon will also be at the Iowa City Book Festival July 16-18.
 
 

 
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IAC Awards Nearly $300,000 in Grants
A documentary film based on Iowa City's "City of Literature" and an Iowa writer traveling back to his homeland in Ethiopia are two of 34 projects receiving funding from the Iowa Arts Council Major Grant program.
 
A whopping 120 applications were received for this round of Major Grants, with applicants requesting more than $1 million to support arts projects across the state. Thirty-four projects from 18 communities were funded totaling $288,600. Successful applicants demonstrated artistic excellence in their projects, clear benefits to Iowans, and solid project planning, management, and evaluation.
 
"The projects supported by these grants typify the rich creativity that exists in Iowa," said Iowa Arts Council Administrator Mary Sundet Jones. "Whether it's theater or film, writing, dancing, singing or painting, the arts in Iowa continue to be tremendously exciting. The most difficult part, for reviewers and staff alike, is not being able to support the 24 additional applications that scored highly enough to be funded.  The available funds always run out long before we are able to support all the excellent projects proposed by Iowans." 
 
Click here to view the FY 2011 Major Grant Awards. 
 
 
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Creative Classrooms' Graduation
Eight Iowa artists graduated from the Creative Classrooms' Teaching Artists training program May 7, 2010, ending a two-year program developed by the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. 
 
Completing the program were: Charles Ahovissi (folk & traditional dance, Omaha), Barbara Bianchi (visual art, Clinton), Bettie Jane Bibler (storytelling, Granger), Vicki Fuller (theater, Sioux Falls), Barb Funke (storytelling, State Center), Barry Kleider (photography, Minneapolis), Monica Leo (puppetry, West Liberty) and Nicole Morford (dance & creative writing, North Liberty).
 
Each teaching artist was supported in their two-year process by a team of professionals representing program sponsors: Judy Thibault Klevins, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts; Amy Hunzelman, director of Education and Special Programs, Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center; Lucy Suvalsky, arts education consultant; and Dawn Martinez Oropeza, Arts Education/ Community Programs Coordinator, Iowa Arts Council.
 
The teaching artists were guided through a five-step process for planning arts-integrated instructional residencies for students and schools connected to the Iowa Core and National Arts Standards. The sponsors worked with the teaching artists to perfect their residency plans; place them in schools; evaluate their instructional skills; and provide feedback.
 
The eight graduates were celebrated May 7 during a special event at the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center in Cedar Falls. Congratulating them were Steve Carignan, executive director of Gallagher-Bluedorn; Cyndi Pederson, director of the Department of Cultural Affairs; Mary Sundet Jones, Iowa Arts Council administrator; Amy Hunzelman, Lucy Suvalsky and Dawn Martinez Oropeza. It was a well deserved celebration for these outstanding arts-integration teaching artist experts.
 
Click here to visit the Creative Classroom's Graduation Page and to learn more about the graduates. You can also go to the IAC Teaching Artist Roster pages to learn more about their residencies. 
 
 

Art in Unexpected Places
By Sarah Oltrogge
 
More and more, Iowans can find art infiltrating their everyday lives. There are the obvious places like museums and galleries, of course, where one can be immersed in an artist's creativity. But there are also lesser known, unexpected places where art pops up out of the landscape; places where two seemingly unrelated worlds come together quite naturally.
 
A case in point: Quad City Arts @ the Airport Gallery provides local and regional artists a chance to exhibit in a space that can catch the eyes of visitors from all over the world. The space is easily accessible and free to the public so even if you're not taking a trip, you can still visit and enjoy the gallery, 24 hours a day.
 
Though the current exhibit, "Pioneers of Quad City Aviation: From Franing Field to the Quad City International Airport" has an aviation theme, many featured exhibits do not. Artists with specialties in oil painting, ceramic sculpture, furniture, woodworking, fiber arts and more are featured throughout the year, generally rotating every two months.
 
More information about current and upcoming Arts @ The Airport exhibits can be found by visiting http://qcairport.com or www.quadcityarts.com
 
Another example is the State Library of Iowa, where monthly rotating individual and group exhibits feature Iowa visual artists. Located in the historic Ola Babcock Miller Building just north of the State Capitol, the State Library uses the art to adorn its walls and draw attention to artists - sometimes little known or sometimes not known at all. In 2008, the State Library hosted an exhibit entitled "Trauma Reflected in Art" created by students from the Iowa Juvenile Home in Toledo. The raw images were accompanied by students' comments providing insight into their individual problems. Valued as a form of art therapy, the works were also impressive works of art.
 
In May, the State Library featured works by Azza Khalafallah, and in June it will host photographs by Jann Freed, author of the book Women of the Yucatan: Thirty Who Dared to Change Their World.  July will feature VSA Iowa artists and August will focus on paintings by Des Moines artist Vicki Adams.
 
The State Library of Iowa is located at 1112 E. Grand Ave. in Des Moines, and is open 8 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. 
 
 
Marshalltown Hosts Latino Heritage Festival This Weekend
Marshalltown's Main Street will host the annual 7th Annual Latino Heritage Festival Saturday, June 5, 2010, from 12-8 p.m.
 
The Festival helps bridge the gap between the Latino and Anglo communities in Marshalltown and provides a venue for area residents to experience Latino heritage.
 
Featured performers at the Festival include Roberto Franco and The Omeyocan Dance Company, performing both traditional Aztec dancing and traditional Mexican dancing, as well as the bands La Marka del Norte and Aventuerro de la Sierra from the Chicago area.  An art market featuring works by Hispanic artists, children's activities including opportunities for children to climb on trucks and rescue vehicles, food vendors, and a Las Reinas (Princess) contest will round-out the event. 
 
For more information on festival events, visit www.marshalltownmainstreet.com
 
 
Decorah Earns Spot on "Best Communities for Music Education" List
Amid a backdrop of school budget cuts, the NAMM Foundation recently announced its 11 Best Communities for Music Education, including Decorah in northeast Iowa.
 
The inclusion acknowledges schools and districts across the United States for their commitment to and support of music education in schools. According to the NAMM Foundation, this designation represents not only a distinction worthy of pride, but a call to action for local music education advocates to help preserve-and in some cases, save-their current music education programs.
 
This year's roster represents 30 states, with a record 74 communities from New York earning designation. The complete list of "Best Communities" can be viewed online at www.namm.org. Decorah was the lone designee in the state of Iowa.
 
School officials nationwide were asked to complete a survey with questions on school and district demographics and budget information. Each school receiving the "Best Communities" designation scored in the 80th percentile or higher in the survey's grading process. Participants in the survey answered detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, support for the music program, and other relevant factors in their communities' music education programs. The responses were verified with district officials, and advisory organizations reviewed the data.
 
 
Planning to Exhibit at an Arts Festival This Summer? Don't Forget Your Insurance
If you're an artist planning to hit the road this summer on the arts festival circuit, don't forget to pack your insurance. 
 
All major festivals and most small festivals require vendors to carry liability insurance and show proof of insurance on site. It can be tricky to understand, but short-term liability insurance can cover any damage to the venue you may cause, any injury to spectators that may occur in your booth, or even to innocent bystanders nearby. Most importantly, it protects you and it protects the venue if anything should happen.
 
Fractured Atlas serves artists and arts organizations by providing access to funding, healthcare, education, insurance and more. They understand how little money most artists have to invest in insurance, and make the process of getting insurance cheap and easy. Fractured Atlas members have access to the best policies at the lowest rates possible, all of which can be established in as little as three days. Generally, you can receive short-term insurance if you'll only be doing a few events, or you can apply for annual insurance if you plan to attend many events.
 
To find out what kind of coverage is right for you, talk with your insurance agent or visit www.fracturedatlas.org and read through the easy-to-follow FAQ section.
 

 
Listen Up - Great Arts Podcasts!
Your mp3 player can be a terrific source of arts information. Here are a few sources of great downloads to listen in on at your desk, in your car, while you walk your dog. All are free!

1. Iowa Arts Council' Iowa Roots broadcasts: These are broadcast on Iowa Public Radio every Saturday evening, but you can listen to them any time. A couple of options: visit IAC's Iowa Roots page for five seasons' worth of recorded programs, or download recent programs directly from the Iowa Roots page on Iowa Public Radio.

2. The National Endowment for the Arts has launched a new podcast channel. A free podcast will be released each Thursday featuring one-on-one interviews with everyone from NEA Jazz Masters to leading arts experts to National Medal of Arts winners and more. The latest listens include conversations with David Stull, Dean of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, U.S. Poet Laureate Kay Ryan, and NEA Jazz Master Hank Jones. Coming to iTunes later this year, as well!

3. Technology in the Arts podcasts from the Center for Arts Management and Technology, feature "entertaining dialogue between hosts Brad Stephenson and Jason Hansen and occasional guest contributor David Dombrosky as they interview artists and arts managers, dish out tech tips, review new products and answer listener arts/tech questions." The IAC's web designer recommends these podcasts for staying up to date with technology issues in the arts.
 
4. NAMPRadio is a monthly podcast covering arts marketing, technology and audience development topics led by leading specialists in the field. Its goal is to discuss important issues that arts marketing people face every day, and to inspire enthusiasm for experimentation and innovation in promoting attendance to arts and culture.
 
 
Save the Date: Iowa Culture and Language Conference Nov. 2-3, 2010
The 25th Iowa Culture and Language conference, "Broadening Horizons: Academic Achievement for all," will be November 2-3, 2010 at the Coralville Marriott Hotel, Coralville. Preconferences will take place Friday, Nov. 1. The IAC annually partners with organizers of this conference to present arts-related sessions.
 
Click here for more information. 
 

 
Did Your Nonprofit Miss That Deadline? Don't Worry!
The Internal Revenue Service is offering a reprieve to more than 200,000 small charities that missed a tax filing deadline and are now in danger of losing their tax-exempt status.
 
A 2006 law required nonprofit organizations with receipts of less than $25,000 to file tax returns for the first time in 2007. If charities fail to file for three years, they lose their tax-exempt status. The law excludes churches.
 
Monday, May 17 was the 2010 filing deadline, but IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman said his agency will issue guidance soon on how charities that missed the deadline can keep their tax-exempt status.
 
In the meantime, Shulman urged charities that missed the deadline to file as soon as possible. The text of his statement, and instructions for these charities, can be found here.
 
The IRS sent notices to more than 600,000 small charities in the past three years, reminding them of the filing requirement. The agency is unsure how many of those charities are defunct or how many have simply failed to file. But the Urban Institute's National Center for Charitable Statistics, which conducts economic and social policy research, estimated last week that 214,000 nonprofit organizations hadn't filed.
 
Charities losing their tax-exempt status would no longer be eligible to receive tax-deductible donations.
 
 
IAC Out & About
June 2: Bruce Williams and Dawn Martinez Oropeza to Quad Cities for CLP site visit at Quad City Arts and roundtable meeting with community arts councils
June 3-6: Riki Saltzman attends and makes presentations about Iowa foodways at the Association for the Study of Food & Society annual conference in Bloomington, Ind.
June 4: Mary Sundet Jones and Cyndi Pederson to Red Oak for IAC board meeting
June 4: Sarah Ekstrand, Veronica O'Hern, and Bruce Williams attend Bravo community cultural planning meetings in Des Moines
June 14: Riki Saltzman and Dawn Martinez Oropeza meet with the Villages of Van Buren Folk School in Bonaparte  
June 16: Dawn Martinez Oropeza to West Liberty for Eulenspiegel Puppet Theater performance
June 16 & 30: Riki Saltzman attends IAC-funded Adventures in Social Drama at LINK Associates, Des Moines
June 18: Mary Sundet Jones and Riki Saltzman attend Better Together: Creating Community Through Civility luncheon and presentation by NEH Chair Jim Leach  
June 24: Riki Saltzman attends Department for the Blind workshop with tactile artist Anne Cunningham in Des Moines  
 
ARTicles...of Note
Kennedy Center Receives $22.5 Million Gift for Arts Management Program, ArtDaily.org (May 4, 2010):"The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts announced the largest private donation in its history-a $22.5 million gift from Dick and Betsy DeVos to endow a management training program for arts leaders. The gift will help fund two-year arts management training programs across the country. The center already has trained leaders from more than 400 small to mid-sized groups in New York, Chicago, and Washington since 2001."  
 
Music Sponsorship Spending To Total $1.09 Billion In '10, IEGSponsorship.com (April 26, 2010): "According to an IEG Sponsorship Report, spending on sponsorships of music, festivals, and tours for 2010 will reach $1.09 billion, up 4.2 percent from $1.08 billion spent in 2009. Music sponsorships represent the third largest increase in spending areas, following causes at a 6.1 percent increase and entertainment tours and attractions with a 5.7 percent increase."
 
National Arts Education Organization Modifies Name, Renews Focus, PR Newswire (May 6, 2010): "The National Guild for Community Schools of the Arts has changed its name to the National Guild for Community Arts Education to better reflect the field that is uniting to increase access to arts instruction for all Americans. Today's community arts education field includes more than 5,000 community schools of the arts, arts and cultural centers, and arts education divisions of performing arts organizations, museums, parks and recreation departments, and conservatory preparatory programs. These organizations employ professional teaching artists to provide instruction in the arts to people of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities."
 
Artists as Teachers in Prison, The Huffington Post (May 10, 2010): "Teaching art isn't for everyone, and teaching art to prison inmates probably appeals to an even more select group. Penitentiaries are associated with brutality, a holding pen for monsters, the dark side of civilization, perhaps, but certainly not with creativity. However, the good that art does for prison inmates seems self-evident-provides accomplishments, offers a different avenue for self-expression than violence, builds confidence, frequently leads to other areas of learning."
 
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.