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Icky Honorees Announced
posted: Tuesday, February 01, 2011  Post Comment

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, presented its 5th Annual Meeting and Excellence in Innovation Honors last night 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.

The 2010 Icky Honorees, announced at the event, were:

Dance Programming - The Englert Theatre (in partnership with The Nolte Academy of Dance) – The Nutcracker

Children’s Programming - Children’s Theatre of Cedar Rapids (in partnership with Linn-Mar High School, Washington High School, Jefferson High School, and Kennedy High School) – Disney’s Sleeping Beauty the Musical, Go. Dog, Go!, Captain Spoon the Forgetful Pirate, and ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas

Visual Arts Exhibits/Visual Arts Programming - Chait Galleries Downtown ­– Next Generation Juried High School Art Show

Music Programming - Orchestra Iowa (in partnership with Brucemore) – BRUCEMORCHESTRA!

Locally-Produced Festival - Marion Arts Festival – 18th Annual Marion Arts Festival

History Exhibits/History Programming - National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library – Rising Above: The Story of a People and the Flood

Educational Programming - Landlocked Film Festival – Landlocked Film Festival Workshops and Panels

Theatre Programming - University of Iowa Department of Theatre Arts (in partnership with Hancher) – Eye Piece

ICCA Collaborative Honor - Hancher and Orchestra Iowa – Professor Kubínek Meets the Symphony

Reaching Out Collaborative Honor - Theatre Cedar Rapids with Ryan Companies and OPN Architects – Iowa Theater Grand Reopening

In addition to the Icky Honors, two awards were presented to individuals who exemplify passion and commitment to the cultural vitality of the Corridor. Mark Ginsberg, president and owner of M.C. Ginsberg Inc., was recognized as the 2010 Larry Eckholt Award winner. James Kern, executive director of Brucemore, Inc., was recognized as the 2010 Cultural Advocate Award winner.

Special recognition and Icky Honors were also given to David Kilpatrick, immediate Past-President of the ICCA Board, and Joe Jennison, former Executive Director of ICCA.

The 2011 Icky Honors were sponsored by ACT and Alliant Energy. Additional support was 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. For more information about the Iowa Cultural Corridor Alliance, visit ICCA’s website,

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