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November 2010


In This Issue
Iowa City Jeweler One of Top 10 Businesses Nationwide Supporting the Arts
Are You Registered for the Iowa Nonprofit Summit Nov. 15-16?
Thank You For Your Input!
New Iowa Roots Segments Now Posted on IAC Web Site
Science Confirms Arts Integrated Education Improvies Learning
Magic in the Classroom: An Unexaggerated Testimonial for Poetry Out Loud
Knoxville Hosts Chinese Ensemble as Part of Arts Midwest World Fest Partnership
American Folklore Society Awards Top Prize to Iowa Folklife Curriculum
Meet Todd Graham
How an Actor Lives the Arts in Iowa
"Where Are They Now?" Interview with Kara McKeever
Is EVERYONE Welcome at Your Institution?
IAC Out & About
ARTicles...of Note

IAC Calendar

Artist opportunities, cultural events listings and more at the In-Box.  

Nov. 3: IAC Mini Grants Workshop, Decorah

November 15: Deadline for teachers to request Poetry Out Loud materials


November 15-16: Iowa Nonprofit Summit, Ames. See related story.


December 9: IAC Grants Workshop, 1-4 p.m. at the State Historical Building in Des Moines.



Big Yellow School Bus Grants (transportation funds for arts field trips)

EZ 1-2-3 Grants (bring an artist to your school or community)

Iowa Arts Council Mini Grants.  Due 1st business day of each month, for projects in the arts.

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)

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

SAVE THE DATE! The Iowa Cultural Coalition's Advocacy Day will be a breakfast in the East Wing of the State Capitol Rotunda (1st Floor) from 7-9 a.m. Feb 15, 2011.



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TOPIowa City Jeweler One of Top 10 Businesses Nationwide Supporting the Arts
Business Committee for the Arts (BCA), a division of Americans for the Arts, has named an Iowa City business one of Ten Best Companies Supporting the Arts in America.

M.C. Ginsburg Jewelers and Objects of Arts earned the designation for its exemplary support of the arts through grants, local partnerships, volunteer programs, matching gifts, sponsorships and board membership. The list also includes: ConocoPhillips, Portland General Electric, Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina, Con Edison, Devon Energy Corporation, Halifax EMC, Northeast Utilities and Strata-G Communications.

"Americans for the Arts is proud to honor businesses that recognize the value of the arts and show their commitment through involvement with the arts in the workplace and in their communities. These business leaders bring the arts into lives of millions of people across the nation through financial and in-kind support and arts based programs" said Robert L. Lynch, president and CEO of Americans for the Arts.

Known for initiating cultural programming as well as hoping to inspire other businesses, large and small, to follow its lead, M.C. Ginsberg Jewelers spans more than two decades of committed activism in the arts. Soon after buying his father's jewelry store in 1985, Mark Ginsberg established the M.C. Ginsberg Fund to serve the arts community in Iowa City through free exhibitions, public lectures, artist's workshops and community arts events. M.C. Ginsberg Jewelers has given nearly $600,000 to the arts since 1984, in addition to countless in-kind donations and volunteer hours.

"Anybody who decides they want to contribute to (the arts) voluntarily, I applaud," Mark Ginsberg told the Iowa City Press-Citizen. "I think that a lot of the time the smaller companies are overlooked because, from a dollar amount, the amounts might seem much smaller or insignificant. But in percentage of profits amount, we're significant."

Ginsberg will join representatives of the nine other companies during a dinner and awards presentation Nov. 4, 2010 in New York City. 
Are You Registered for the Iowa Nonprofit Summit Nov. 15-16?
The Larned A. Waterman Iowa Nonprofit Resource Center will hold its 2010 Iowa Nonprofit Summit Nov. 15-16, 2010 in Ames. Online registrations closed Nov. 1, but registrations will also be taken at the door the day of the event.

"Building the Capacity of our Charitable Sector Through Volunteer Management and Nonprofit Effectiveness" will feature workshops and speakers on all elements of effective nonprofit operations. More than 50 workshops will help nonprofit leaders develop professional skills, become a better volunteer manager, enhance their nonprofit organizations and provide an opportunity to network with colleagues. The conference is a collaborative effort with the Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service, GEM$ (the Iowa Department of Management Grants Enterprise Management System), Iowa Campus Compact, Iowa Council of Foundations, the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs and United Ways of Iowa.

Keynote speakers are GregAlan Williams, Emmy Award winning actor, award winning author, and Iowa native; Jackie Norris, Corporation for National and Community Service and native Iowan; Neil Jackson, Youth Advisory Board, State Farm Insurance and student at the University of Wisconsin; and Kathy Havens-Payne, Senior Director of Education Leadership for State Farm® in charge of State Farm's business-education partnerships.

Registration is $70. For more information and to see the complete schedule, visit or contact the Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service,, (800) 308-5987.

Thank You For Your Input!
Thanks to everyone who helped the Iowa Arts Council by responding to our strategic plan survey! We were thrilled to hear from nearly 1,000 of you - what a great response! The strategic planning process continues as we analyze the data and use it to inform our plan. Our goal: ratification of a new strategic plan by the Iowa Arts Council Board at its March 4, 2011 meeting.



New Iowa Roots Segments Now Posted on IAC Web Site
Fourteen new segments of Iowa Roots, featuring stories, music and interviews with traditional artists in Iowa, are now available online. This three-year partnership between the Iowa Arts Council and Iowa Public Radio has allowed artists from a variety of ethnic, geographic, occupational and religious groups to share their talents with a large audience.

Segments are available for download as mp3 files, and there are also transcripts, bios, photos and contact information for each artist, many of whom are on the Iowa Arts Council Folk & Traditional Artists Roster.

Newly featured artists:

  • Ismail Alyassiri, Iraqi 'ud, Marion
  • Emily Bengsten, Southwest Iowa Foodways, Farragut
  • JoAnne Birkby, Quilter & black walnut grower, Thurman
  • Johnathan Buffalo, Meskwaki winter traditions, Meskwaki Settlement
  • Kevin Burt, Blues musician, Coralville
  • Millie Carr, African American foodways, Des Moines
  • Nora Garda, Tango dancer, Iowa City
  • Arlette Hollister, Food coordinator, IA State Fair, Des Moines
  • Kathy Hulse and Tim Westemeyer, Polka dancers, Des Moines
  • Luke Kapayou, Meskwaki woodcarving, Meskwaki Settlement
  • Marty Mincer, Mincer Orchard, Hamburg
  • Bill Penn, Penn Drugstore & Soda Fountain
  • Harley Refsal, Norwegian woodcarver, Decorah
  • Eunice Stoen, Norwegian traditions, Decorah

Folklorist Riki Saltzman of the Iowa Arts Council records the Iowa Roots interviews, then IPR host Julie Englander edits and broadcasts the stories Saturdays at 7:54 p.m. after Vinyl Café and Sundays at 5:30 p.m. during the "Best of IPR Talk" segment on Iowa Public Radio stations WSUI, WOI-AM, KTPR (Fort Dodge), KWOI (Carroll) and KOWI (Lamoni). Current segments of Iowa Roots not yet on the IAC's Web site can be found at Iowa Public Radio's Iowa Roots page.




Science Confirms Arts Integrated Education Improves Learning
By Linda Flanders, Taproot, Inc.
This guest artist and educator focuses on arts education outreach

Those of us who are artists are well aware of the creative process: planning, thinking, doing, evaluating, layering in and refinement. We often lose ourselves in the process, which sometimes takes on a life all its own. On those rare occasions of heavenly inspiration, we find our finished projects reveal themselves as so much more than simply the individual parts, time and work that went into them.

Those of us in education have watched arts programs be stripped from schools. Art education is getting sucked under in the riptide of the economy. We can see it happening locally, and we feel it happening in our own lives.

What we aren't so well aware of right now is the latest scientific research on cognitive science. This research can be the lifeline that supports the arts and gets it back into the classroom. Neuro-education is the new emerging interdisciplinary field that explores how children learn, plus what promotes and sustains the learning.

The essential element needed for learning is paying attention. Without attention, learning cannot happen. Today there are so many things competing for our attention that it is what is most novel or different that generally gets it. Art, however, also offers both novel options and possibilities. The creative process requires attention and exerts real physical effects on the brain. On brain scans, areas of the brain light up with activity when subjects are engaged in art of all kinds. A Stanford University study shows that music training leads can lead to reading fluency.

"Paying attention" requires discipline. In children who are open to, interested in, and motivated to, practice a specific art form, training focuses and strengthens their ability to pay attention with the potential of raised IQ. A study at Johns Hopkins University focused on two groups of children studying Ancient Egypt. One group drew and wrote responses to questions; the other group only wrote. The students who drew and wrote had more detailed and organized written responses. This was particularly true of students with limited English proficiency.

As arts education advocates, we can believe that the arts are a highly effective means of expression for improved learning; while scientists now support this belief with a growing body of serious research.

Ed. Note--Partnership for 21st Century Skills (P21), in conjunction with six national arts education organizations, has produced a skills map on how educators can fuse arts learning in elementary, middle and high school curricula. It provides examples of projects integrating core subjects and the arts at the 4th, 8th and 12th grade levels. For more information consult the skills map, P21's press release or the Arts Education Partnership's supplementary document.

Linda Flanders is a stained glass artist, filmmaker and prevention program designer. She has worked with great success to integrate media arts (one of the IAC's designated undeserved art forms) into public education as a way to engage youth, especially youth at risk. Flanders has a degree in Criminal Justice and worked for 17 years as a detective in the San Francisco/Bay Area. She is currently the CEO of Taproot, Inc. in Bay City, Wisconsin and specializes in the use of the Media Arts for education and prevention. She is a published author and national public speaker. For further information please visit or contact Ms. Flanders directly at



Magic in the Classroom: An Unexaggerated Testimonial for Poetry Out Loud
by Yvette Zaród Hermann

Teachers of drama and English, parents of high school students, and anyone in high school: Poetry Out Loud is awesome! Think Akeelah and the Bee, but with poetry instead of spelling.

I began implementing the Poetry Out Loud program in my freshman and senior English Language Arts classes in 2006, in an overcrowded public school on Atlanta's south side. Apathy was rampant. Educational psychologists say autonomy, competence and relatedness are cornerstones for motivation. Simply put, a teacher can nurture motivation by helping students make choices, experience success, and join a community. These values comprise the core of Poetry Out Loud.

Students search the six hundred poems at, by keyword, author or time period to find one that satisfies their aesthetic or taste. My second-string quarterback keyed "bloody" and seized upon Invictus by William Ernest Henley. Nature-loving Stephanie typed "raccoon" and fell in love with Self-inquiry before the Job Interview by Gary Soto. The fun is in the searching.

We work at home and school to memorize our poems. Given short lessons about how to memorize (basically: repetition), students who fear that they can "never get this thing" find patterns in the rhyme and rhythm: "A-HA! It goes brow/now/avow/deem/dream!" In one week, we memorize the first verse then judge ourselves for accuracy. We build from there. Competence!

We exaggerate and practice, playing at saying words for effect. Camaraderie develops between unlikely friends, based upon choices: "Lewis Carroll is mad twisted, yo. Just like Swift!" "Dickinson is perfect for you. She blows it UP!"

We develop respect for the student who chose The Star by Ann and Jane Taylor: "Twinkle, twinkle, little star/How I wonder what you are!" At first we laugh, perhaps channeling tiny voices, maybe poking fun at the lanky basketball player who selected "the easiest one." Then, we actually do marvel at the stars. Cool.

Poetry Out Loud consistently wins favorable reviews from students. For many, it's their favorite program. I love it because it gives me a tangible reason to teach poetry. Recitation is a meaningful, self-motivating approach to oral literacy, which is one of the hardest things to improve and evaluate in a classroom. Once someone learns a poem by heart, it stays with them forever; perhaps as an unconscious mantra, or as a calming thought during emotional strife.

I had a student once. He was falsely accused of a crime. What did he do in that panic-stricken moment when taken into the police station? He closed his eyes and kept his calm by reciting a Shakespearean sonnet: "When in disgrace with fortune and men's eyes ..."

If that's not magic, I don't know what is.

Yvette Zaród Hermann is a certified Master Educator of English in the state of Iowa. She was the Poetry Out Loud Coordinator at Westlake High School in Atlanta from 2007-2008, where she coached her students to the National Finals both years. She is currently an Adjunct Professor of English at Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC), and is active as a teaching artist, director, and actor with the Des Moines Social Club. A double-major in English and Theatre at the University of Notre Dame, Zaród Hermann integrates the performing arts into her teaching and work with young people. Zaród Hermann is one of IAC's POL Touring Poets and available to work with students in Iowa. 
Knoxville Hosts Chinese Ensemble as Part of Arts Midwest World Fest Partnership
The captivating music of an all-female ensemble from China's Sichuan Province transported Knoxville residents from ancient Chinese dynasties to the more contemporary culture of today during a week-long residency in October.


The experience was part of Arts Midwest World Fest, which aims to present international music ensembles in week-long residencies in smaller Midwestern communities in order to foster global understanding and appreciation through cultural experiences. The 15-member ensemble Beauty and Melody brought not only instruments and songs, but also costumes and personalities worthy of their name.


"It's rare for small and mid-size Midwestern communities to host an ensemble from China," said Megan McKay Ziller. "The music and culture Beauty and Melody shared was absolutely fascinating and different from anything we have heard before. The ensemble residency was a delightful experience for our entire community."


McKay Ziller added Knoxville rarely has the resources to host a residency such as this. Arts Midwest, a regional arts organization based in Minneapolis, offset much of the cost and handled the coordination of Arts Midwest World Fest tours in order to offer communities throughout the Midwest this rich international arts experience.  Knoxville was selected as one of only nine Midwestern cities to host the 2009-11 Arts Midwest World Fest.


The opportunity was supported in part by the Iowa Arts Council.


American Folklore Society Awards Top Prize to Iowa Folklife Curriculum
An online resource for teachers developed by the Iowa Arts Council and featuring Iowa's traditional artists has earned top honors from The American Folklore Society.

The Iowa Folklife Curriculum, Vol. 2, was honored with the 2010 Dorothy Howard Folklore and Education Prize Oct. 16, 2010 from The American Folklore Society's Folklore and Education Section.

Each year, the Society gives this prize for work which effectively encourages K-12 educators or students to use or study folklore and folkloristic approaches in all school environments. The American Folklore Society, founded in 1888, is an association of people who study and communicate knowledge about folklore throughout the world.

The Iowa Folklife Curriculum, Vol. 2, includes content pages, photos, audio samples, suggested readings, lesson plans, and a variety of online resources for students (K-12) and educators. It is a companion to Iowa Folklife: Our People, Communities, and Traditions, which was awarded the 2006 Dorothy Howard Prize. Both resources represent many years of creative collaboration with traditional artists, their communities, museum and library educators, and multicultural curriculum specialists.

IAC Folklorist Riki Saltzman worked with the cultural communities and traditional artists involved as well as exhibit designer Will Thomson, at the University of Northern Iowa, and World of Difference to create the curriculum. 

Meet Todd Graham
Todd Graham is a new face to the Iowa Arts Council board. He was appointed by Governor Chet Culver in June to fill a one-year term.

Graham is currently president and CEO of the Iowa West Foundation, a private grant making foundation based in Council Bluffs. The Foundation's mission is to improve lives and strengthen communities in southwest Iowa and eastern Nebraska.

In 2007 under Graham's leadership, Iowa West Foundation embarked on a major public art program, known as Iowa West Public Art, for the Council Bluffs community. Having solicited input from civic leaders, the Foundation prepared a comprehensive public art master plan that identified more than 50 potential locations in the city of Council Bluffs for public art; the first phase included a $9 million financial commitment from IWF.

"We are optimistic about the potential impact of the public art on tourism, arts-related businesses and economic development," Graham told The Daily Nonpareil in 2007. "The improved quality of life will bring more than visitors - we hope it will attract new residents and new businesses to our community."

In August, IWF unveiled its most recent public art project, Odyssey, by Albert Paley. The impressive sculptures which stand 100 feet high on the 24th Street Bridge spanning I-80/I-29 certainly drew mixed reactions from drivers, which was not a surprise to Graham.

"It's in such a visible spot," he said. "More than 100,000 people see it every day. It points out the need for education, learning what the artist intended."

He previously served for many years as the executive director of The Quadrangle, Inc., a nonprofit consortium of more than 40 institutions and businesses that led efforts to revitalize the east side of downtown Cleveland, Ohio. Prior to joining the Iowa West Foundation in 2003, he served as executive director of the South Downtown Foundation in Seattle, Wash. Graham received his B.A. in History from Wake Forest University and his Master of City Planning from the Harvard Graduate School of Design. 

How an Actor Lives the Arts in Iowa
Ryan Gourley can't quite recall when he first took to acting (note: his parents have documentary footage of his first one man show, The Littlest Shepherd, circa 1989), but he has fond memories of spending time in summer school as a young kid at The Des Moines Playhouse. Ryan had a more formal beginning to his acting career at 14 in a high school production of Hamlet. He continued acting through high school, going on to study psychology, communication studies, and theatre at The University of Iowa, where he made the transition from stage to film. Since receiving his degree in 2007, he has appeared in several Iowa-based independent films, including 16 to Life (2009) and Collapse (2010), as well as many commercials, industrials, and educational films. Most recently he has had leading roles in the independent shorts Sway and The Mezzotint.

What is your current job?
Since 2005, I've worked for The University of Iowa College of Medicine as Lead Trainer in the Performance-Based Assessment (PBA) Program. The PBA program gives medical students the opportunity to work with patients played by trained actors in a simulated clinical setting.My work for the PBA program has allowed me to branch off into many other opportunities within the health science community, serving as a patient-instructor for the Colleges of Dentistry and Pharmacy, as well as training programs within the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and the VA Hospital.It's really a fun gig, and a pretty neat one to boot. I enjoy the opportunity to be working at an interface of art and science, and art and education. I believe each area has the potential to greatly inform the other, and such experiences provide a unique, invaluable opportunity for learning and growth. To be able to put one's creative impulse to use in improving the future of healthcare-that's pretty cool if you ask me. I also consider myself very lucky to be paid to do what I love-act, and develop other actors-especially in a day job!

What do you love most about Iowa?
What I love most about Iowa-the green landscape and the blue sky. I recently spent six months living in Southern California, and I missed those. I really hope we're able to keep them for generations to come.

I also love the people. I know it's cliché, but we really do have some of the nicest, friendliest people in the world here. I also missed those in Southern California. ; )

Who's your favorite Iowa artist?
Uffda, impossible to pick just one. First among them would have to be my dad, who's a producer for Iowa Public Television, and my brother, who's currently pursuing an MFA in printmaking.

Family members and close friends aside...Becky Smith, who directed me in 16 to Life, grew up in Okoboji and currently writes and directs as well as teaches film at UCLA. As a filmmaker, she's a jack-of-all-trades and a master of them all. She's truly an inspiration as far as the level she's taken her art and what she's been able to accomplish.

Donna Reed definitely deserves mention for starring in one of the greatest movies of all time-It's a Wonderful Life-as well as for the foundation established in her honor to promote education in the performing arts.

Leslie and the Lys. No words can describe the genius/magic that happens when Leslie and her troupe take the stage. Seeing is believing.

William Elliot Whitmore and The Nadas are two other favorite Iowa musicians.

What projects are you currently working on?
Fortunately, I've been able to keep pretty busy with a number of projects recently. This week gives a pretty good snapshot of the variety. Monday I shot a commercial for iWireless, my second with them this year. Tuesday I shot a training film for the banking industry. Wednesday I trained a standardized patient in the role she'll be performing for Friday's exam. Today I'll shoot another bank training film. And Friday I'll perform quality assurance during the exam, watching live recordings of the patient encounters and taking note of what's good in each performance and what can be improved.

I'm also wrapping up filming for The Mezzotint, a ghost story set in 1949, and just signed on to cast a book trailer for a local author's debut novel, an espionage thriller.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Good question! The answer changes day-to-day, but in a nutshell, I hope to be actively pursuing my other passions (psychology, communication, sustainability, health, personal development) as well as continuing to be active in filmmaking. I'd like to increase my knowledge in each of these areas, so further education will likely play a big part in where I am in five years.

What's outside the nearest window?
A tree, whose leaves are changing colors, and falling, quicker than I would like.

What did you do last Friday night?
It was pretty tame. I went for a run, did some reading, and watched a movie-Harry Brown, starring Michael Caine, one of my favorite actors.

"Where Are They Now?" Interview with Kara McKeever
In 2006, Kara McKeever was named a recipient of the Iowa Arts Council Scholarship for the Arts, worth $1,000. The scholarship is available to Iowa high school students who demonstrate excellent artistic interests and plan to pursue a degree in an arts-related field at an Iowa college or university. The next deadline for applications is Feb. 1, 2011.

Four years later, McKeever has graduated from Drake University and is attending the University of Missouri - Kansas City for her Master's degree. On Nov. 11, 2010, she will be back in Des Moines as a featured reader during the Drake Writer's Harvest Festival: A Benefit for the Food Bank of Iowa.

Can you recall and relay what your experience was like going through the IAC scholarship process?
What I remember best of the IAC scholarship process is the interview, which I thoroughly enjoyed. A little nervous going in, I left feeling both flattered and inspired. The Iowa Arts Council members who interviewed me showed a genuine interest in my passion for writing, which I rarely had the chance to talk about with such an eager audience. They made me feel that all the writing I had been doing for years-much of it on my own, outside of school-was meaningful and worthwhile.

You graduated in May from Drake in Writing and International Relations, and are now working on your MFA in Creative Writing at the University of Missouri - Kansas City. Was this always something you wanted to do? What were (and are) your aspirations for 5, 10 years from now?
While my writing improved immensely in my time at Drake, I knew early on that I wanted the intensity and more focused instruction and environment of a graduate writing program afterward. At Drake I also worked as a writing tutor, and as I realized how much I enjoyed helping people with their writing, I decided to pursue a career teaching writing at the college level.

My goals for the future continue to be writing and publishing, as well as teaching college writing.

What do you like to write about and how would you characterize your writing style?
I am primarily a fiction writer, and most of my writing would be considered realist. I tend to pay special attention to place in my writing, and I'm drawn to the small details that create a character or a scene. Right now I am focusing on short fiction, although for a long time I've also wanted to be a novelist and a children's writer, and have projects underway in those genres as well.

Can you talk a little about the event Nov. 11 and your involvement in it? Time, place, and what people can expect to see? Is there a fee to attend?
On Nov. 11, as part of its Writers and Critics series, Drake University is hosting an event called the Writer's Harvest Festival: A Benefit for the Food Bank of Iowa. Poet Johnathon Williams will be reading, as well as three winners in fiction and poetry selected from the 2010 edition of Drake's student literary and art journal, Periphery: Matt Nelson, Kelly Lawler, and myself. The event will take place at 7 p.m. in the Cowles Library Reading room on the Drake campus (one of my favorite places at Drake). There is no fee to attend, although everyone is encouraged to bring food items or money to donate to the Food Bank.

What did it mean to you to receive the IAC Scholarship for the Arts?
I think with this scholarship, more than any other I received when starting college, the honor meant more to me than the dollar amount. Because I had met some of the selection committee members personally and had such a positive conversation with them, I felt truly supported and affirmed as a writer when chosen for the scholarship. Still today my experience with the Iowa Arts Council is really encouraging to me.

Any words of advice/encouragement for students considering applying this year?
There are people who care about what you're doing and want to support you. Pursue the art that no one has to tell you to do, the kind you would create even if it didn't matter to anyone else. It is entirely worth it.

Is EVERYONE Welcome at Your Institution?
Contributed by Riki Saltzman, Accessibility Coordinator

Celebrate the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by registering your institution! This is a great opportunity to let others know about the accessibility features of your museum, zoo, performing arts center, etc. By registering with this national site, you'll be able to reach audiences you never knew you could have. It's great outreach and it's free!

Project Access: Register Your Organization's Accessible Features and Programs NOW.

United States museums, historic sites, performing arts centers, zoos, aquariums, botanical gardens, science and technology centers, and other public spaces are encouraged to post their accessible features and programs on, the first national database of accessible arts and cultural institutions. As part of this database, you call public attention to the programs and services you provide, and make a stand for access for all to the arts. You also make it much easier for people with disabilities to plan visits to cultural centers at home and across the country. As soon as organizations in 30 states have registered their programs on the Website, the project will activate the search engine and begin promoting the database nationwide.

Created and coordinated by Art Beyond Sight/Art Education for the Blind (AEB), Project Access is a joint project of AEB and its founding partners: the American Association for State and Local History, the American Association of Museums, the Association of Science - Technology Centers, and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

AEB's goal is to implement a practical and genuine welcome for everyone, everywhere to America's museums and other cultural centers. You control all of the material on your organization, and can access it for updates as often as you wish. Note: Only the services that you have will appear on the Web site.

IAC Out & About
Nov. 1-3: Riki Saltzman to Coralville for Iowa Culture & Language Conference
Nov. 2-3: Bruce Williams to Dubuque for Joint Iowa-Wisconsin Main Street Workshop
Nov. 3: Sarah Ekstrand and Dawn Martinez Oropeza to Decorah for IAC Grants Workshop
Nov. 4: Dawn Martinez Oropeza to Fairfield for Poetry Out Loud workshop at Steven Sondheim Center
Nov. 4: Bruce Williams and Cyndi Pederson to Mason City for Cultural Leadership Partners visit to Charles H. MacNider Art Museum
Nov. 5: Bruce Williams, Mary Sundet Jones, and Cyndi Pederson to Ames for Art in State Buildings Summit meeting
Nov. 6: Dawn Martinez Oropeza to Des Moines Social Club for Poetry Out Loud workshop
Nov. 8: Riki Saltzman and Dawn Martinez Oropeza to Bonaparte for meeting with Villages Folk School
Nov. 15-16: Several IAC staff to Ames for Iowa Nonprofit Summit
Nov. 16-17: Cyndi Pederson to Oklahoma City, Okla., for Creativity World Forum
Nov. 19: Riki Saltzman at the Iowa Food Systems Council, Urbandale
Nov. 22: Riki Saltzman to Tama for the Meswaki Language Conference
ARTicles...of Note
Philanthropy in Company Headquarter Cities: "Research in The Geography of Giving: The Effect of Corporate Headquarters on Local Charities found that a 'U.S. city's ability to attract or retain the headquarters of an average-size company is worth $3-$10 million per year in public contributions to local nonprofits.' This effect seems to be caused by the number of high income individuals that reside in headquarter cities."

Why and How Businesses Support the Arts: The 2010 BCA Triennial Survey of Business Support to the Arts is the only survey in the United States that tracks support from small, midsized, and large businesses nationwide. The Business Committee for the Arts Triennial Survey webinar takes place Dec. 8, 2010 at 3 p.m. EST. In a discussion led by Mark Shugoll, CEO, Shugoll Research, business funders will discuss the survey's findings in terms of why and how they support the arts and compare the extent of their giving, both now and the near future.

BMW, Guggenheim Foundation Launch Emerging Leader Program, Philanthropy News Digest (10/6/2010): "The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation and Museum and the BMW Group have announced the launch of a global initiative designed to engage the next generation of architecture, art, science, design, technology, and education leaders in addressing challenges likely to face the cities of the future. The BMW Guggenheim Lab will bring together teams of early- to mid-career professionals identified as emerging leaders in their fields to develop new concepts and designs around a specific theme."

New York Street Theatre, Staged for Tour Buses, The New York Times (10/15/2010): "Passengers on 'The Ride' - a tour bus with floor-to-ceiling windows and nightclub-style audio - tool through Manhattan, encountering such (pre-arranged) sights as a businessman breaking into tap dance, a juggler tossing hot dogs, and a ballerina in a glowing tutu dancing around Columbus Circle."

New Website Aims To Teach Actors The Business Of Theatre, Backstage, (10/15/2010): "Each episode features industry guests--working actors, directors, writers, casting directors, producers, and agents--who talk about their experiences. The lineup so far includes director Mark Waters, actor Anna Vocino, agent Louise Ward, and actor-producer Mark Gantt."

Don't STEM-roll Arts Education, (10/15/2010): "Columnist John Eger wrote a piece on adding the arts to STEM education last week: 'In truth, we need a huge infusion of capital and a change in attitude about art and music, math and science. We need to define a well-rounded education and to make the case for its importance in a global innovation economy. As demand for a new work force to meet the challenges of a global knowledge economy is rapidly increasing, few things could be as important in this period of our nation's history than art education.'

The Over-Achieving Artist, The Wall Street Journal (10/16/2010): "A handful of artists have done significant work in more than one field, and their ability to do so without apparent strain is one of the enduring mysteries of art."

After That First Career, Coming Back To The Arts, The Wall Street Journal (10/24/2010): "Many people who take up artistic pursuits after retiring from their primary careers talk about rediscovering feelings they haven't experienced in years--or finding something inside themselves that they never knew existed. Their newfound avocations often evoke an interest they explored in their youth."

Ballet Dying? Hardly!, Dance magazine (10/25/2010): "This is an exciting time for ballet. But, while some choreographers are looking ahead, some critics are looking to the past. This is the natural order of things. Artists are always ahead of their watchers, always pushing the envelope. To the watchers, I say, If you're looking for gold in a silver mine, you won't see the silver."

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.