Council Bluffs’ Chanticleer Theater is one of the recipients of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs’ annual grants. Photo: Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs
This week the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs announced $2.3 million in grants for art, film and history projects. In all, 244 grants were awarded to Iowans and Iowa organizations in 46 counties and 71 communities across the state.
The annual funding from the Iowa Legislature, with support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities, “has never been more important,” Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs Director Chris Kramer says. “Audiences and visitors are eagerly returning to museums and historic sites, concerts and cultural festivals this summer, even as our industry continues to rebound from substantial financial losses from the pandemic.”
The list of grant-funded programs and projects runs the gamut, including a poetry-filled video series about Indigenous culture by Iowa City artist Dawson Davenport; “Walls of Honor” art exhibitions created by military veterans and curated by the New Century Art Guild in Elk Horn; a comedy web series called “In Luck” by the Urbandale filmmaker Rebecca Haroldson; and a new exhibition about Iowa’s geological, anthropological and archaeological past at the Jester Park Nature Center in Granger.