Iowa arts, cultural groups receive marketing grants

Lit garland decorates the staircase during a 2019 holiday event at Brucemore Mansion in Cedar Rapids. In 2019, USA Today recognized the three-story, 21-room Queen Anne structure as one of the country’s top holiday home tours. Brucemore is receiving $18,000 from the Iowa Arts & Culture Marketing Grant program to help with marketing expenses. (Rebecca F. Miller/The Gazette)

DES MOINES — The Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs is dividing $1 million among 118 Iowa arts and cultural groups to encourage people to safely “Re-imagine, Re-engage, Reconnect” with concerts, museums, festivals — and each other.

Released in time for the holidays, the one-time awards range from $1,500 to $18,000. Nearly 20 organizations in Linn and Johnson counties are among the recipients, including Hancher Auditorium, the African American Museum of Iowa, Brucemore, Orchestra Iowa and Chorale Midwest.

The money comes from the Iowa Arts & Culture Marketing Grant program, created with federal CARES Act funds that Gov. Kim Reynolds allocated to the Cultural Affairs department to provide economic relief to Iowa organizations challenged by the pandemic.

Cultural grants

Complete list of Iowa Arts & Culture Marketing Grant recipients:

Re-imagine campaign:

“These marketing grants and the ‘Re-imagine’ promotional campaign will help Iowa’s arts and cultural sector welcome visitors back during the holiday season, when many organizations rely on increased attendance and revenue to make ends meet,” Cultural Affairs Director Chris Kramer said. “This statewide investment also will help boost major exhibits, performances and events now and into the new year.”

Iowa’s creative sector typically contributes $4.2 billion to the state’s economy, employing more than 43,000 creative workers across more than 5,000 businesses statewide, according to Cultural Affairs. However, in 2020, Iowa’s nonprofit arts and culture sector lost millions in revenue and at least 4,500 arts, entertainment and recreation jobs, stemming from event cancellations and closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Eastern Iowa grant recipients and amounts:

Johnson County

Hancher Auditorium, Iowa City, $7,500

International Academy for Russian Music, Arts, and Culture, Iowa City, $3,700

Iowa Children’s Museum, Coralville, $16,900

Iowa City Fab Lab, $5,000

PromptPress, Coralville, $4,300

Public Space One, Iowa City, $12,600

Linn County

African American Museum of Iowa, Cedar Rapids, $12,400

Brucemore, Cedar Rapids, $18,000

Cedar Rapids Opera, $9,200

Chorale Midwest, Cedar Rapids, $6,300

Harmony School of Music, Cedar Rapids, $4,000

Iowa Ceramics Center and Glass Studio, Cedar Rapids, $4,500

Kirkwood Community College, Cedar Rapid, $8,700

National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library, Cedar Rapids, $11,300

NewBo City Market Marketing, Cedar Rapids, $1,900

Orchestra Iowa, Cedar Rapids, $10,000

Revival Theatre Company, Cedar Rapids, $5,600

Black Hawk County

Cedar Falls Community Theatre, $15,000

Grout Museum District, Waterloo, $18,000

James & Meryl Hearst Center for the Arts, Cedar Falls, $17,700

University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, $10,000

Waterloo Community Playhouse/Black Hawk Children’s Theatre, $17,000

Youth Art Team, Waterloo, $10,500

Cedar County

Hoover Presidential Foundation, West Branch, $18,000

Clayton County

Guttenberg Development & Tourism, $7,700

Guttenberg Gallery and Creativity Center, Guttenberg, $3,900

Dubuque County

Bell Tower Theater, Dubuque, $10,800

City of Dubuque Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, $15,000

Creative Adventure Lab Inc., Dubuque $17,000

Dubuque Chorale, Dubuque, $3,200

Dubuque County Historical Society, Dubuque, $6,100

Dubuque Museum of Art, $9,500

Five Flags Center Theatre, Dubuque, $11,300

Grand Opera House, Dubuque, $8,000

Heritage Center, Dubuque, $18,000

Julien Dubuque International Film Festival, Dubuque, $3,500

Loras College, Center for Dubuque History, Dubuque $1,500

Steeple Square, Dubuque, $8,800

Henry County

Swedish Heritage Society, Swedesburg, $1,000

Iowa County

Amana Heritage Society, $4,000

Jackson County

Ohnward Fine Arts Center, Maquoketa, $7,500

Muscatine County

Eulenspiegel Puppet Theatre Company, West Liberty, $3,500

Muscatine Art Center, $15,500

Scott County

Davenport Junior Theatre, $5,000

Figge Art Museum, Davenport, $10,000

German American Heritage Center, Davenport, $15,000

Putnam Museum and Science Center, Davenport, $18,000

Quad City Symphony Orchestra, Davenport, $11,400

Winneshiek County

Oneota Film Festival, Decorah, $3,500

Oneota Valley Community Orchestra, Decorah, $3,100

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