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State Historical Society of Iowa Press Release

For immediate release January 12, 2012

Contact: Jeff Morgan, Jeff.Morgan@iowa.gov, (515) 281-3858

IAC's Scholarship for the Arts grant applications due Feb. 1

College-bound Iowa students majoring in arts are eligible

DES MOINES – Iowa high school students planning to enter college next fall with a major in an arts discipline can apply for a 2012 Iowa Scholarship for the Arts by Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012.

The Iowa Arts Council offers the scholarship annually to Iowa students who will graduate from high school during the 2011-2012 academic year and have a proven artistic ability in dance, literature, music, theater, traditional arts or visual arts. The application is available at www.iowaartscouncil.org.

Each recipient will receive $1,000 toward his or her 2012-2013 college tuition and related expenses as a full-time undergraduate at a fully accredited Iowa college or university with a major in one or more of the disciplines considered for the award.

To be considered for the award, students must complete the scholarship application available at www.iowaartscouncil.org, write an essay about their future career goals in the arts, provide a work sample and include two letters of recommendation.

Applications and attachments are due by 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012, in the Iowa Arts Council offices at 600 E. Locust Street, Des Moines, IA 50319. Incomplete, illegible, handwritten or faxed applications will not be accepted. Application review, criteria, approval and notification process information is available at www.iowaartscouncil.org. Please contact Veronica O’Hern at 515-281-3293 or veronica.ohern@iowa.gov for more information.

The Iowa Scholarship for the Arts was established in conjunction with the state of Iowa’s Homecoming ’86 celebration when world-renowned opera singer Simon Estes held a benefit concert. From 1986 to 1994, IAC awarded scholarships to more than 20 undergraduate students who excelled in the arts.

By 1994, most of the funds raised from the benefit concert had been expended.

Two years later, IAC established an endowment to guarantee perpetual funding of the program. Initial partners that contributed funds to establish the endowment included Two Rivers Arts Festival and Raccoon River Brewing Company in Des Moines, the Ameristar Casino in Council Bluffs, and private donations by Iowa Arts Council board members and private citizens.


The Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs is responsible for developing the state’s interest in the areas of the arts, history and other cultural matters with the advice and assistance from its two divisions: the State Historical Society of Iowa and the Iowa Arts Council. DCA preserves, researches, interprets and promotes an awareness and understanding of local, state and regional history and stimulates and encourages the study and presentation of the performing and fine arts and public interest and participation in them. It implements tourism-related art and history projects as directed by the General Assembly and designs a comprehensive, statewide, long-range plan with the assistance of the Iowa Arts Council to develop the arts in Iowa. More information about DCA is available at www.culturalaffairs.org.


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