Art center receives scholarship from Cultural Leadership Partners


The Muscatine Art Center has received an annual grant (for the next three years) of $ 15,000 through the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs as part of the Cultural Leadership Partners (CLP) program. This is an increase from the previous annual award of $ 10,000, according to a press release.

Cultural Leadership Partners are appointed every three years and receive grants to support operating and program costs over the three-year cycle.

Cultural Leadership Partners demonstrate year-round exemplary record of programming, managerial excellence, and community service to Iowa citizens. sound tax and administrative practices; and conscious public relations and participation.

There were 286 organizations applying for awards from the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs and only 58 received grants.

More than 200 Iowa organizations and individuals involved in the arts and culture, film and media, and history and preservation will receive $ 2.3 million in grants that will open Thursday, July 8 announced by the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs.

The grants are funded by annual funds approved by the Iowa Legislature and signed by Governor Reynolds effective July 1, 2021. The state’s investments are funded by two federal agencies, the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities, and are administered by the division’s three divisions: the Iowa Arts Council, the State Historical Society of Iowa, and Produce Iowa, the state office for film and media production.

Iowa’s arts, entertainment, and leisure industries lost 4,500 jobs between February 2020 and April 2021, according to Iowa Workforce Development. According to Americans for the Arts, Iowa’s nonprofit arts and culture sector lost nearly $ 50 million.

In a typical year, arts and culture employ more than 43,000 Iowans and make up 2.3 percent of the state’s economy, according to the US Bureau of Economic Analysis.

In this round, the department awarded 244 grants for community initiatives and creative projects across the state, art and cultural organizations, individual artists and filmmakers, and conservation efforts in 46 counties and 71 communities.

The department also named 58 of Iowa’s leading arts and cultural organizations as cultural leadership partners, a competitive process that occurs every three years. Cultural Leadership Partners receive annual operational support in recognition of their role as social and cultural anchors, maintaining high standards of excellence, promoting tourism and supporting quality jobs.

Full press release from the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs


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