Recent Major Grant Awards – Fall/Winter 2019

Title of Project: Tolerance Week 2020
Sponsoring Organization: Sioux City Tolerance Week, Sioux City
Grant: $8,963.46
Project Description: This grant supports programming associated with 2020 Tolerance Week in Sioux City. Among other activities, Roberta Grossman will show her film, Who Will Write Our History, followed by a public discussion of the film and its themes. Click here to read more about Tolerance Week.  

Title of Project: Making Sense of Pictures Traveling Exhibit
Sponsoring Organization: University of Northern Iowa - Fortepan, Iowa Archive
Grant: $17,988
Project Description: Making Sense of Pictures will interpret Iowa family snapshots through a Traveling Lecture Series, Photo Exhibition and Wheat Paste Art involving a partnership between the public photo archive Fortepan, Iowa and 5 public libraries in Anamosa, Cedar Falls, Ottumwa, Sumner and Webster City.

Title of Project: Love and Inclusion Swoop into the Cedar Valley
Sponsoring Organization: University of Northern Iowa
Grant: $ 6,000
Project Description: Love and Inclusion Swoop into the Cedar Valley is a series of activities surrounding Gabby Rivera’s visit to the University of Northern Iowa and Hawkeye Community College campuses. Gabby Rivera is a queer, Latinx, millennial writer, speaker, and storyteller. She is the author of the 2016 young adult novel "Juliet Takes a Breath", and wrote the 2017–2018 Marvel comic book "America", about LGBTQ Latinx superhero America Chavez.Additionally, the university plans to have supporting events both on campus and throughout the community surrounding Women’s History Month, UNI PRIDE week and UNI’s mini-comic-con (RodCon).  

Title of Project: Celebrating Women's History Month with Lou Henry Hoover 
Sponsoring Organization: Hoover Presidential Foundation
Grant: $3,875
Project Description: In March, we celebrate Women’s History Month, and in March 2020, we celebrate the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage. March 29 also marks the 146th anniversary of the birth of Lou Henry Hoover, also known as Mrs. Herbert Hoover. The Hoover Presidential Library and Museum and Hoover Foundation will mark these momentous occasions with a series of public performances in West Branch, Waterloo (Lou Henry’s birthplace), Des Moines, and Muscatine performed by Jane Fellows who has played Lou Henry across the country.

Title of Project: DSM Book Festival
Sponsoring Organization: Downtown Events Group
Grant: $15,000
Project Description: The DSM Book Festival's goal is to connect people who love books with people who create them. The Festival will offer FREE admission, activities, presentations, music from singer/songwriters, food, drink, specialty vendors, and of course, books, in a vibrant community celebration. National bestselling authors, Lara Prescott and Tayari Jones, will present and engage with guests at The Festival.

Title of Project: The L.A. Rebellion: A Retrospective of Minority Filmmakers
Sponsoring Organization: Azubuike African American Council for the Arts
Grant: $15,000
Project Description: The L.A. Rebellion: A Retrospective of Minority Filmmakers will screen films made by members of the L.A. Rebellion film movement at the Figge Museum of Art in March of 2020, including in-person presentations by four of the filmmakers: Academy Award® winner Charles Burnett, Academy® member Julie Dash and filmmakers Haile Gerima and Zeinabu Irene Davis.

Title of Project: I AM Not DisABLED: A Film
Sponsoring Organization: Fresh Films
Grant: $9,700
Project Description: Fresh Films will work with a group of 15-20 Scott County teens to create an hour-long documentary that focuses on their peers with disabilities and their families. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in six children have a mental health, developmental, or intellectual disability. In Scott County that equates to 6,900 kids. This documentary with a working title of I AM not disABLEd (I AM ABLE) follows the journey of 12 young people with disabilities by focusing on their talents and abilities to show how we all thrive as a community when we can replace the misunderstandings surrounding mental health and disability with inclusion, empathy, resiliency and relationships. 

Title of Project: Council Bluffs History Through Art
Sponsoring Organization: PACE (Pottawattamie Arts, Culture, Entertainment)
Grant: $5,920
Project Description: PACE will be exhibiting the artwork of George Simons and Grant Wood in the Hoff Family Art & Culture Center’s 8,500 square foot gallery. Both these artists, incredibly important to the history and culture of Council Bluffs, Iowa, explore similar subject matter. However, the work produced by these two men varies widely in style, skill and technique. The exhibition of these two bodies of work is meant to showcase two significant aspects of local history, facilitating pride in the community and providing a wonderful opportunity to educate area residents on the arts. Alongside the exhibition of work by George Simons and Grant Wood, PACE will be facilitating intergenerational programs and classes based on their body of work. These programs will include two lectures (specifically, art, history, and art history) subject matter experts, as well as several classes exploring the art and history context of both artist’s work.

Title of Project: Resurrecting Forest Grove Film (Post-Production)
Sponsoring Organization: The Moline Foundation
Project Description: This grant will support a portion of the cost of the editing and finishing (post-production) phase of a historical documentary entitled Resurrecting Forest Grove, and a public program at the University of Northern Iowa featuring the finished film and a Q & A with a scholar and film participants. The film will combine a vintage country school restoration story intercut with the story of the 1920s era in rural Iowa and America. Former teachers, students, historians, and crafstmen will help tell the story onscreen. This restoration project has been documented by the filmmakers over the last seven years.

Title of Project: Getting the Vote
Sponsoring Organization: Putnam Museum and Science Center
Project Description: August 26, 2020 marks the centennial of the 19th Amendment’s adoption. To commemorate this milestone, the Putnam, with a broad-based planning committee, will create the 3,600 square-foot exhibit, Getting the Vote: The Quad Cities Women’s Suffrage Movement, which will run from March 14th-August 30th. Featuring artifacts/documents from the Putnam’s collection and elsewhere, interactive components, suffrage-related music, over-sized photos/graphics and more, Getting the Vote will help an anticipated 32,000 visitors explore numerous topics related to women’s suffrage. The exhibit will examine how, at an overarching level, the movement developed and factors contributing to its success (e.g., inventions that increased women’s free time to advocate) as well as how women of color contributed to the suffrage movement and were impacted by the Amendment’s adoption.

Title of Project: 2020 Authors Visiting Des Moines
Sponsoring Organization: Des Moines Public Library Foundation
Project Description: AViD is a popular humanities program transporting audiencs into the lives and works of significant authors and engaging and inspiring them through literary discussions. Since 2001, the AViD program has offered 244 outstanding author events to expost 48,573 Iowans to a wide variety of literary genres, theoretical perspectives, aesthetics of language, and issues of ethics, identity, and knowledge.