Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs awards $1.2 million in arts grants for quality of life and cultural vitality in 40 Iowa communities – includes $15,500 awarded to the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra
(DUBUQUE) – The Dubuque Symphony Orchestra is pleased to announce that it has received a Cultural Leadership Partner Operating Support Grant of $12,000 and a Cultural Leadership Partner Art Project Grant of $3,500 from the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs.
“With these investments, we continue to partner with artists and organizations who are making our communities more culturally vibrant and attractive to people who want to live and work in our state,” Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs Director Mary Cownie said. “We congratulate our grant recipients and encourage all Iowans to experience and enjoy the arts in Iowa.”
“The Dubuque Symphony Orchestra is incredibly grateful to the State of Iowa and the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs for their continued financial support through the CLP grant program,” said Mark Wahlert, Dubuque Symphony’s Executive Director. “The Symphony, and indeed the entire cultural landscape of our state, are stronger, more vibrant and connect with larger and more diverse audiences because of this important grant program.”
Cultural Leadership Partner Operating Support Grant recipients receive funds to support operating costs throughout a three-year cycle. As a Cultural Leadership Partner, the DSO demonstrates an exemplary record of programming, managerial excellence and community service on a year-round basis to the citizens of Iowa.
Art Project Grants create opportunities for the arts to flourish in Iowa by investing in projects that positively impact the vitality of the arts in the state, demonstrate public value, and support Iowa Arts Council funding priorities. Eligible art projects must include excellent and innovative arts activities, involve collaboration, and provide access to Iowans. Grant funds awarded to the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra will support the symphony’s Hometown Heroes project that focuses on artists with an Iowa connection. This project ties in with the DSO’s Classics 5 Music & Fantasy concert which brings Iowa native and violinist Robert Zimansky back to the USA from his home in Switzerland, where he is Concertmaster of the Orchestra of the Swiss Romande. Zimansky will perform Bruch’s Scottish Fantasy: a beautiful musical homage to the folk music of Scotland. This concert also features the premiere of a DSO commission by Dubuque native Derek Jenkins. Jenkins’ piece will incorporate a bit of Dubuque area folklore in the story of Mathias Loras, the first bishop of Dubuque. Concert dates are Saturday, April 29 at 7:30pm and Sunday, April 30 at 2:00pm at Dubuque Five Flags Theater. Funding for the Art Project Grant program is made possible by an annual appropriation from the Iowa Legislature to the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, and by the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.
The Iowa Arts Council serves as Iowa’s state arts agency and works in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts to build the capacity of Iowa’s arts ecosystem. The Iowa Arts Council strives to create opportunities for the arts to flourish in Iowa by nurturing cultural leadership and investing in projects that provide access to arts experiences in communities and public spaces throughout Iowa.
These projects are supported, in part, by the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts.