News from Iowa
Friends' Newsletter Spring 2006 vol. 4 no. 1
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"'Cultural Express: Traditional Arts on Tour," a series of nine table-top exhibits and 2-hour live programs, is up and running! Last fall, the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs issued an RFP for public libraries and museums to program "Cultural Express: Traditional Arts on Tour," a roster of 2-hour programs involving traditional artists, a small traveling exhibit, press kit, and resources for pre-program presentations in Iowa public libraries and cultural museums. The Gutekunst Library in State Center, in partnership with several other libraries and museums in central Iowa, was awarded funding to showcase all nine programs and exhibits between January and June 2006. A second RFP will be issued later this spring for funding in FY07 that will also include programs on Vietnamese Tet and Iowa Polka Bands, in addition to the current ones featuring Bosnian, Lao, American Indian, Danish, and Asian Indian cultural traditions, Old Time, Gospel, Blues, and Latino folk music. This program has provided a focused way to present and publicize Iowa's diverse traditional cultures in ways that make them accessible to audiences and manageable for traditional artists.
Iowa Roots website is update and improved! Iowa Roots features stories, music and talk with traditional artists from a variety of ethnic, geographic, occupational and religious groups found in Iowa.
The Iowa Arts Council has been working closely with IT folks at the University of Northern Iowa to put the Iowa folklife curriculum, "Iowa Folklife: Our People, Communities, and Traditions" online; complete with downloadable audio, video, links to "Iowa Roots," and the Folkways CD, Iowa State Fare. The site will be launched in late spring and will be updated with a second set of lessons in the following year.
The Iowa Arts Council has also been working with Nikki Saylor of the Center for the Study of Upper Midwest Cultures at UW-Madison to begin the long, overdue process of archiving over 20 years of folklife materials.
Riki H. Saltzman, Ph.D., Folklife Coordinator, Grants Coordinator at the Iowa Arts Council, A Division of the Department of Cultural Affairs