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Individuals and Organizations Honored for Cultural Impact on Corridor
Posted: 11/18/2011

Nearly 100 arts and culture advocates gathered Nov. 15 to recognize and celebrate the Iowa Cultural Corridor Alliance (ICCA) inaugural Celebration of the Arts event. Evening highlights included presentation of awards and honors, keynote speaker Jay Dick from the Americans for the Arts, the approval of two new ICCA board members, and formal recognition of ICCA’s new Executive Director Jessica Johnson.

The ICCA Collaboration Award recognizes successful collaborations between ICCA members. The African American Museum of Iowa was recognized for a collaboration with the Wickiup Hill Outdoor Learning Center to present Journey to Freedom, an immersive, interactive event where students and the general public experience what it was like to travel on Iowa’s Underground Railroad.

The Reaching Out Award recognizes a successful partnership between an ICCA member and a non-member organization. The Landlocked Film Festival was recognized for its collaboration 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 groups worked jointly to present the documentary Miss Representation at the Landlocked Film Festival.

All 150 ICCA partner organizations were eligible to nominate programming and vote on the ballot.

"It is important to recognize and celebrate the many wonderful things happening in our arts and culture community," said Jessica Johnson, ICCA Executive Director. "We have a deep spirit of cooperation and collaboration in our region that we can all be very proud of."

Individual awards were presented to Steve West as the recipient of the 2011 Larry Eckholt Award and Mel Andringa and John Herbert jointly as the recipients of the 2011 Cultural Advocate Award. The Eckholt Award is for a community member in the Southern part of the Corridor, while the Cultural Advocate Award is intended for a member of the Northern part of the Corridor.

Keynote speaker for the event was Jay Dick, Director of State and Local Government Affairs for Americans for the Arts. Dick emphasized the importance of continued collaborative advocacy by cultural organizations in working with elected officials, calling the arts and culture community the economic engine of the region.

The newly-created Celebration of the Arts event was designed to elevate the awareness of the artistic and cultural organizations in the Corridor and to celebrate collaboration in programming and events of ICCA partners during 2011. The event replaces the formerly held Icky Awards Celebration of the Arts was held at CSPS hall.

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