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Larry Eckholt and Cultural Advocate Honorees Announced
Posted: 11/7/2011

The Iowa Cultural Corridor Alliance (ICCA) will present its inaugural Celebration of the Arts event on Tuesday, November 15, from 5-7 p.m. at CSPS Hall in Cedar Rapids. The new program replaces the formerly held Icky Awards and focuses on the collaboration efforts between arts and culture organizations. The evening will include live entertainment, presentation of Collaborative and Reaching Out awards, and recognition of the Larry Eckholt and Cultural Advocate honorees. Keynote speaker will be Jay Dick, Americans for the Arts Government Affairs Director. Dick, an Iowa native, will speak to the impact of political events on the support of the arts. His call to action will emphasize arts advocacy.

Celebration of the Arts is intended to elevate the awareness of the artistic and cultural organizations in the Corridor and to celebrate the outstanding collaborations of ICCA partners. All ICCA partners, business partners, friends, and community members are invited to attend.

“We’re very pleased to offer ICCA partners and the corridor community this opportunity to come together to celebrate their shared success and to hear from such a distinguished national leader in the area of arts funding and advocacy,” said Marcia Hughes, ICCA Board president. “The arts serve to create a more vibrant and creative cultural community and there is an ever-increasing need to strengthen awareness and appreciation of their value to the economic well-being of a region. Jay is the perfect person to inspire that conversation.”

Partner organizations self-nominate themselves for the two collaboration honors and the ICCA partnership votes on the ballot. The organization who receives the highest number of votes receives the honor and a Celebration of the Arts statue, crafted by local artist Tom Newport. The winners will be announced during the event.

Additionally honors will be given out to community members who have exemplified passion, commitment, and advocacy to the cultural vitality of the Corridor. The 2011 recipients are Steve West, Larry Eckholt Award; and Mel Andringa and John Herbert, Cultural Advocate Award.

“Legion Arts Directors Andringa and Herbert have influenced the culture of Cedar Rapids with their illustrious and irreverent organization, Legion Arts,” wrote nominator Jim Kern, Brucemore Executive Director. “No other individuals have created such an urban cultural experience through world music, original literature, and cutting edge art.”

Nominators of West noted that he was the driving force behind the $1.4 million capital campaign for the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts and has long been involved in the development of arts education and the progress of culture in the corridor. He serves on the boards of numerous arts organizations, including the Iowa City Community Band and Orchestra Iowa. He is also a ready volunteer in support of numerous cultural organizations, both individually and through his business.

The presentation by Jay Dick is sponsored by ACT. Additional support for the program is provided by the Iowa City/Coralville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau Cedar Rapids Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, and CSPS Hall.

The ICCA Celebration of the Arts is open to the community. Tickets are $9 and on sale now by contacting CSPS at 319-364-1580 or



between ICCA member organizations.

Mission Creek Festival - The Englert Theatre collaborating with The James Gang.

Fire and Ice Festival - Cedar Rapids Downtown District collaborating with the Freedom Festival.

Educational Tours and Collection Sharing Program - Cedar Rapids Museum of Art collaborating with the Cedar Rapids Community School District

The Legend of Blackbeard’s Gold - Children’s Theater Of Cedar Rapids collaborating with Old Creamery Theater, Amana.

Brucemorchestra IV – Brucemore collaborating with Cedar Rapids Concert Chorale, Coe College, Mount Mercy University, and Orchestra Iowa .

Journey to Freedom - African American Museum of Iowa collaborating with Wickiup Hill Outdoor Learning Center


between an ICCA member organization working with non- member for -profit or non-profit organizations

Chew on This - Brucemore, collaborating with 4H Youth Council, Acoustic Farms, Brenneman Farmstead Cheese, Brucemore, Cedar Rapids/Linn County Solid Waste Agency, CR-CLUC, East Central Iowa Beekeepers/ Noble Bee Honey, HACAP Local Food Task Force, Hawkeye Co-Op Weed Management Area Group, Iowa Valley Resource Conservation and Development, Lone Tree Farmers Market, Matthew 25 ‘Cultivate Hope’, Mercy Medical Center, NewBo City Market, Prairiewoods, Soilmates

Creepy Campus Crawl - Iowa City/Coralville CVB collaborating with

The Iowa Geological and Water Survey, the Department of Geoscience , U. S. Geological Survey, Sigma Gamma Epsilon, Sigma Alpha Iota, and University of Iowa Museum Studies and English program.

LUKE Multi-Space Parking Video Production - Cedar Rapids Downtown District, collaborating with Park Cedar Rapids and deNovo Alternative Marketing.

Miss Representation - Landlocked Film Festival, collaborating with League of Women Voters of Johnson County, 50-50 in 2020, American Association of University Women of Iowa City, Iowa Women’s Foundation, and the Women’s Resource and Action Center.

The Iowa Cultural Corridor Alliance ( is a network of over 150 cultural organizations in the Eastern Iowa Corridor. The mission of ICCA is to promote the varied cultural activities of its partner organizations and to nurture a sustainable cultural community. This is done through advocacy-focused events, educational programming, arts and culture awareness, cultural tourism, and building strong relationships throughout the community.

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Award Media Release 2011_11.07.11.pdf  ,(pdf)417k

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