Last week, the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs announced the recipients of over $2 million in grants for art, film, history, and culture. These grants were awarded across the state of Iowa for cultural organizations, creative projects, and small businesses and individuals.
The grants funding is from the Iowa Legislature, with additional support from the National Endowment for the Arts. The grants are administered by the Iowa Arts Council, the State Historical Society of Iowa, and Produce Iowa.
Several Council Bluffs organizations were on the list of recipients.
The Historic General Dodge House was awarded money to update its current visitor orientation video. This grant will allow the museum to create a new video that will help greet guests in a modern, culturally inclusive way.
PACE (Pottawattamie Arts, Culture and Entertainment) was awarded a grant to help build an interactive exhibit and educational program that focuses on the historic vault located in the newly restored Hoff Family Arts & Culture Center. The exhibit will be called “McCormick’s Vault,” taking after the original name of the building; McCormick Harvesting Machine Company Building.
Other grant recipients in Council Bluffs include the American Midwest Ballet and the Council Bluffs Guild of the Omaha Symphony. Grants like these help organizations in Iowa thrive. They assist in preserving the history of our state while celebrating local artists and business owners.