Partnership with Voices Productions

Creative Placemaking Workshops
Dubuque, IA
June 1 - July 1, 2018


This award provides funding for Phase II of a three-year project, which launched last year with a series of large-scale murals within the cultural corridor of downtown Dubuque. This second phase engages public enrollment in similar programs. During the week of June 25-30, Voices Productions will present a weeklong, no-cost workshop for up to 50 applicants who are interested in learning how to shape the physical and social character of a streetscape or neghborhood by making and strategically placing art in the public sphere. The workshop will consist of classroom lectures and hands-on experience culminating in a four-day project of painting two large-scale murals under the guidance of master muralists.

Partnership with Fullhart Carnegie Charitable Trust

Carnegie Library Museum Upgrades
Perry, IA
April 23 - November 30, 2018


This awards will enrich the Carnegie Library Museum in Perry by providing for the addition of three freestanding display walls, which procide space for interactive, rotating exhibits, research, historic photos, and stories. Built in 1904, the Carnegie Library is Perry's oldest standing public building and is on the National Register of Historic Places. The building underwent renovations in 2004, but those renovations did not include space for changing exhibits, which are necessary for attracting repeat visitors and ensuring sustainability for a small town museum.

Partnership with Okoboji Summer Theatre

Deaf Access Workshops for Production of The Miracle Worker
Okoboji, IA
June 27 - July 31, 2018


This July the Okoboji Summer Theatre will produce a performance of The Miracle Worker. In preparation for this production, Humanities Iowa has granted an award for the consultation services of two deaf access experts to train the guest artist team and rehears with them. The experts, Donna Salamoff (former co-director of deaf access for Imagination State) and Lisa Agogliati (former access director for Arena Stage in Washington D.C.), will conduct workshops addressing issues of Basic Sign Language, Facial Expression, Gesturing, and Fingerspelling.

Tolerance Week: A Not So Silent Resistance


The mission of Tolerance Week is to educate, enlighten, and inspire. Using documentary films, live performances, and lectures, Tolerance Week reaches students, families, teachers, and community leaders about the Holocaust and other injustices. It inspires teachers and students to identify sources of discrimination and injustice within their communities and to work to eliminate them.

This will be the 12th Annual Tolerance Week, and all events are free and open to the public. A featured guest of this year's programming will be Ms. Inge Auerbacher, a Holocaust survivor. Visit the Tolerance Week website for more information.

Partnership with The National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium

"River of Innovation" Exhibit
Dubuque, IA
Spring 2019


"River of Innovation" aims to inspire the next generation of river explorers and will be comprised of a 19th century belt-driven machine shop, a series of hands-on exhibits and a modern maker space. These elements will be combined with educational components to form a cohesive and immersive set of experiences for visitors and learners while balancing the Museum & Aquarium’s historical, cultural and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) concentrations.


Partnership with the Siouxland Historical Railroad Association

100th Anniversary History of the Milwaukee Railroad Shops Historic District
Sioux City, IA
October 2017-September 2018


The Milwaukee Railroad Shops Historic District is one of several preserved steam-era railroad shop environments in North America. It celebrated its 100th anniversary this year. The Siouxland Historic Railroad Association will develop educational programs around the history of the site in Sioux City: the former Sioux City Roundhouse, Repair Shops and Engine Terminal, including a permanent exhibit, public programs and a pictorial history book.


Partnership with the Blanden Charitable Foundation

"Daniel Rhodes"
Fort Dodge, IA
September-November, 2017


The works of Fort Dodge native Daniel Rhodes will be on exhibit at the Blanden Art Museum. This exhibit will feature a wide variety of his work including ceramic sculptures, drawings and photos. It will highlight a visual story of creation and exploration. This exhibit is part of the 85th anniversary celebration of the Blanden Foundation.