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ICCA Announces 2011 Annual Meeting and Icky Honors
posted: Tuesday, December 21, 2010  Post Comment

Hello Everyone,

Please see below for the press release about ICCA's 2011 Annual Meeting and the Icky Honors:

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 on Monday, January 31, 2011 from 6:30-9:00 p.m. at The Englert Theatre in Iowa City. The Emmy-like event, well known in the Corridor as The Ickys, will feature live performances by artists and organizations celebrating special milestone anniversaries as well as the announcement of the recipients of the 2011 Icky Honors. All ICCA partners, associates, and community members are invited to attend. 

The Icky Honors were created to elevate the awareness of the artistic and cultural organizations in the Corridor and to celebrate excellence in innovation in programming and events of ICCA partners throughout the previous calendar year. Organizations self-nominate themselves for the honors and the ICCA partnership votes on a ballot of five finalists, narrowed down by a nominating team made of ICCA board members, ICCA partners, and community arts advocates. The organization or individual who receives the highest number of votes receives the honor and an Icky Statue, made by local artist Tom Newport. Honors are given out in 10 categories. Additional honors will be given out to two individuals in the community who have exemplified passion, commitment, and advocacy to the cultural vitality of the Corridor. These honors will be announced prior to The Ickys; the rest will be announced at the event. 

 The 2011 Ickys will feature performances and presentations by the following ICCA partners who are celebrating special milestone anniversaries: International Academy for Russian Music, Arts, and Culture (5th anniversary of Seven String Guitar Festival), City of Mount Vernon (5th anniversary of Chalk the Walk), Mount Vernon Area Arts Council (5th anniversary of Lincoln Highway Arts Festival), Summer of the Arts (20th anniversary of JazzFest and Friday Night Concert Series), University of Iowa Department of Dance (30th anniversary of Dance Gala), Chamber Singers of Iowa City (40th anniversary), and Brucemore (100th anniversary of Formal Gardens). 

The honors will be hosted by Scott Schulte and Ric Swann from KZIA 102.9. Prior to the performances and presentations, receptions will be held at the Iowa Artisans Gallery and Chait Galleries Downtown. 

 “The Icky Honors are a wonderful opportunity to recognize the hard work and dedication of arts and cultural organizations in the Corridor. We look forward to celebrating their accomplishments with the community,” says Abby Ballain, Executive Director of ICCA. 

Tickets for the 2011 Icky Honors are on sale now through The Englert Theatre box office. The ballot, released today, will be circulated to all 150 ICCA partners in early January for voting. The results will be announced at the event. The 2011 Icky Honors are sponsored and supported by the Iowa City Press-Citizen, The Englert Theatre, Goodfellow Printing, Inc., and West Music. Additional 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,
The 2011 Icky Honors Ballot 

Children’s Programming

• Brucemore – ExploreMore 

• 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 

• City Circle Acting Company of Coralville (in partnership with The Iowa Children’s Museum) – Once on this Island 

• Hancher –Hancher Presents Roseneath Theatre’s The Incredible Speediness of Jamie Cavanaugh

• The Carl and Mary Koehler History Center – Memory Makers 

Dance Programming 

• Hancher – Hancher Presents Ballet West II 

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

Educational Programming 

• Iowa Theatre Artists Company – Remain True

• Johnson County Historical Society – Barn Tour 

• Landlocked Film Festival – Landlocked Film Festival Workshops and Panels 

• The Ceramics Center/Iowa Art Works, Inc. – Guest Artist Series 

• The Old Creamery Theatre Company – Camp Creamery: Little Red Riding Hood 

History Exhibits/History Programming 

• Hoover Presidential Library & Museum – A Little House Christmas

• Johnson County Historical Society – Beyond the Grave: Oakland Cemetery Tour

• National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library – Rising Above: The Story of a People and the Flood 

• Old Capitol Museum – Chaos and Creation on the Pentacrest 

• The Carl and Mary Koehler History Center - Corn County Exhibit 

ICCA Collaborative Award 

• Cedar Rapids Museum of Art with the Cedar Rapids Public Library and the Hiawatha Public Library – Doodlebugs Preschool Program 

• Hancher and Orchestra Iowa – Professor Kubínek Meets the Symphony 

• ImpactCR with the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library, Orchestra Iowa, Theatre Cedar Rapids, and Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre – Impact the Arts 

• The Englert Theatre and the Marion Public Library with the Cedar Rapids Public Library and the Hiawatha Public Library – Out Loud! The Metro Library Network Author Series and The Englert Theatre present Charlaine Harris 

• Theatre Cedar Rapids with the Cedar Rapids Community School District – Spotlight on Kids

Locally-Produced Festival 

• International Academy for Russian Music, Arts, and Culture – The Russian Seven-String Guitar Festival

• Iowa City/Coralville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau – FRY Fest 2010

• Marion Arts Festival – 18th Annual Marion Arts Festival 

• The Englert Theatre (in partnership with Mission Creek Festival) – Mission Creek Festival 

• Wickiup Hill Outdoor Learning Center (in partnership with Humanities Iowa, Linn County Conservation Department, Coe College, Prairiewoods Franciscan Spirituality Center, Sierra Club, Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, Trees Forever, The United Nations-USA: Linn County Chapter, and Indian Creek Nature Center – 4th Annual Cedar Rapids Environmental Festival 

Music Programming 

• Hancher – Hancher Present a Late Night Dance Party with Papa Grows Funk 

• Iowa City/Johnson County Senior Center – Senior Center New Horizon’s Band Camp 

• Orchestra Iowa (in partnership with Brucemore) – BRUCEMORCHESTRA! 

• Red Cedar Chamber Music – Kaspar the Friendly… 

• Summer of the Arts – Iowa City Jazz Festival 

Reaching Out Collaborative Award 

• Brucemore with the BUDS-Community Garden Network, Cedar Rapids City Market, Cedar Rapids/Linn County Solid Waste Agency, HACAP Local Food Task Force, Indian Creek Nature Center, Iowa Valley Resource Conversation and Development, Local Foods Connection, Local Harvest CSA, Lone Tree Farmers Market, Practical Farmers of Iowa, Soilmates, and Williamsburg Garden Exchange – Chew on This 

• Cedar Rapids Museum of Art with the Veterans Memorial Coliseum Commission – the Grant Wood Window: Drawings for the Veterans Memorial Stained Glass Window Commission 

• Eastern Iowa Arts Academy – Eastern Iowa Arts Academy’s “Arts For Life” Project 

• The Old Creamery Theatre Company with the Clear Creek Amana Community School District – 2010 Old Creamery Studio Series 

• Theatre Cedar Rapids with Ryan Companies and OPN Architects – Iowa Theater Grand Reopening 

Theatre Programming 

• Dreamwell Theatre – A Taboo Bijou 

• Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Theatre – Another Serving of Slices of Life 

• SPT Theatre Company – The Writer’s Room Series 

• Theatre Cedar Rapids – Rent 

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

Visual Arts Exhibits/Visual Arts Programming 

• Brucemore – Framing Landscape 

• Chait Galleries Downtown – Next Generation Juried High School Show 

• Mount Vernon Area Arts Council (in partnership with Cornell College and the Iowa Arts Council) – Drift created by Stan Crocker

• Paul Engle Center – Torcuato Mural created by Leonardo Torcuato

• Wickiup Hill Outdoor Learning Center (in partnership with Linn Area Photo Club, Porters Camera, and Photo Pro) – Annual Canon Explorer’s of Light Seminars

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