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, has announced that it is restructuring its annual cultural recognition event. The event, well known in the Corridor as The Ickys, featured live performances by partner organizations celebrating milestones, as well as the distribution of 10 awards. 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.
After five years of hosting the event and gathering feedback from its partners and the community, the ICCA Board polled the ICCA partnership in late June to determine if the event should continue. The majority of the partnership voted to discontinue the event and the distribution of the awards. The ICCA Board affirmed this with a unanimous vote at the June meeting.
“ICCA believes in continually reevaluating its programming and events to align with the needs of its partner organizations. We understand the importance of change and appreciate the feedback we have received,” said Executive Director Abby Ballain.
The ICCA Board is currently researching the potential for a new type of event that will continue to honor partners with special anniversaries, as well as collaborative efforts. The Larry Eckholt and Cultural Advocate Awards, as well as the two collaborative awards, will continue.