Support from Iowa Arts Council and National Endowment for the Arts

Vesterheim is pleased to announce that it has received a Cultural Leadership Partner Operating Support Grant from the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

This year more than 200 statewide projects received more than $2.1 million from these highly competitive grants for art, film, history and culture.

“Iowa is becoming known as a culturally vibrant state with world-class arts and cultural offerings, where engaging experiences revitalize communities with unique characteristics and local charm,” said Chris Kramer, director of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs.

“Art, film, history and culture are vital factors that business leaders, families and millennials consider when choosing where to set up shop or settle down to live, work and play. Cultural programs help boost the quality of life and promote economic growth,” Kramer continued

To support those efforts statewide, the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs grants will serve as catalysts for new community initiatives, creative projects, cultural organizations, and small businesses.

“The Iowa Arts Council and Vesterheim are working hand-in-hand to ensure that the stories of Iowa are preserved and communicated to connect past, present, and future generations, ” said Vesterheim President/CEO Chris Johnson. “We’re so fortunate to receive this public arts funding.”

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