$1M in grants awarded to help arts and cultural organizations recover from pandemic
The Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs has awarded $1 million in grants to 118 arts and cultural organizations in 47 communities to help them reopen and welcome guests back, and reengage them in person. The grants, announced today, range from $1,500 to $18,000. They are funded through the Iowa Arts and Culture Marketing Grant program with federal CARES Act funds that were allocated to provide economic relief to organizations affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. “These marketing grants and the ‘Re-imagine’ promotional campaign will help Iowa’s arts and cultural sector welcome visitors back during the holiday season, when many organizations rely on increased attendance and revenue to make ends meet,” Chris Kramer, director of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, said in a news release. The recipients include local arts councils, theaters, historical attractions, museums and performing arts venues.