Cares Act Benefits Arts And Culture Groups

The Sioux City Orpheum is one of the 267 arts and culture organizations to receive assistance from the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs as a part of the Coronavirus, Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Photo:

It’s been a tough year for Iowa artists, musicians, music venues, theaters and museums, but they got a $7 million boost on Tuesday from the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs. A total of 267 organizations and 152 artists across the state received one-time grants funded by the Coronavirus, Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

So when it’s safe to gather again—for concerts, plays, festivals and more—the people who present them will be in a better position to do so.

Iowa’s cultural sector relies on income from admissions and ticket sales and has lost nearly $50 million in revenue since the pandemic began, according to data provided by the grant applicants.

“It’s truly remarkable how arts and cultural organizations as well as individual artists have continued to create, innovate and keep us connected during the pandemic, in spite of the personal and financial challenges that many have faced,” says David Schmitz, who leads the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs.

A full list of Iowa Arts and Culture Recovery Program grant recipients in 118 Iowa communities is available online at


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