A total of 267 cultural organizations and 152 artists serving 118 Iowa communities will receive a share of $7 million in grants announced by the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs. The Iowa Arts & Culture Recovery Program received more than 550 requests totaling more than $36 million by the Dec. 11 deadline. The list of recipients includes some of Iowa’s longest-running music venues, arts and cultural heritage festivals, and theaters, along with artists and community arts councils, historical museums and university performing arts centers.
Several local entities were allocated funding including $46,000 to the Fairfield Arts and Convention Center, $2,500 for 1st Friday’s Artwalk. In Wapello County the American Gothic House Center and Performing Arts Festival each received funding, the House Center $5,500, the Arts Festival $2,500. The Bridge View Center Theatre in Ottumwa was awarded $64,700. Individuals from both Fairfield and Batavia were also allocated funds.
According to data provided by grant applicants, organizations have lost a combined $46.4 million in income since the pandemic began. In a typical year, Iowa’s creative sector accounts for 2.3 percent of the state’s economy, according to research by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. Iowa’s arts, culture, history and creative industries, including film and media, employ more than 42,000 Iowans working in more than 5,000 nonprofit and for-profit businesses statewide.