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January 31, 2011 Proclaimed as Arts and Culture Day in Three Corridor Communities
posted: Monday, January 31, 2011  Post Comment

Mayor Ron Corbett of Cedar Rapids, Mayor Jim Fausett of Coralville, and Mayor Matt Hayek of Iowa City have all proclaimed Monday, January 31, 2011 as Arts and Culture Day in their respective communities. The proclamation coincides with the Iowa Cultural Corridor Alliance’s 5th Annual Meeting and Excellence in Innovation Honors Celebration.

The Iowa Cultural Corridor Alliance (ICCA), a group of over 150 arts and cultural organizations in the Eastern Iowa Corridor of Linn, Johnson and the nine adjacent counties, will present its 5th Annual Meeting and Excellence in Innovation Honors tonight at 6:30 p.m. at The Englert Theatre in Iowa City. The Emmy-like event, well known in the Corridor as The Ickys, was created to elevate the awareness of artistic and cultural organizations in the Corridor and to celebrate excellence in innovation in artistic programming and events from the previous calendar year. Honors will be given out in 10 categories.

“We are delighted that these three communities have proclaimed January 31, 2011 as Arts and Culture Day,” said Abby Ballain, ICCA Executive Director. “We look forward to celebrating this evening with ICCA partners and Corridor community members.”

Mayor Corbett and Mayor Fausett will present one of the Icky Honors at the event, as well as read the Arts and Culture Day proclamation. Mayor Hayek is unable to attend due to a previous engagement, however, presented the proclamation from Iowa City at a council meeting last week. Additional presenters of Icky Honors include Congressman Dave Loebsack, former director of the Department of Cultural Affairs Cyndi Pederson, President and CEO of The Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation Les Garner, and representatives from several ICCA partner organizations.

Tickets for the 2011 Icky Honors are on sale through The Englert Theatre box office for $20.

The 2011 Icky Honors are sponsored by ACT and Alliant Energy. Additional support is provided by The Englert Theatre, Goodfellow Printing, Inc., and West Music. Continued support is provided by the Cedar Rapids Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, the Corridor Business Journal, and the Iowa City/Coralville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau. More information regarding The Ickys can be found on ICCA’s website,

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