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ICCA Announces 2013 Cultural Advocacy Honorees
Posted: 10/29/2013


The Iowa Cultural Corridor Alliance (ICCA) announced this year’s Larry Eckholt and Peggy Whitworth Arts and Cultural Advocacy honorees are Joshua Schamberger and Terry Pitts. The honors are given to community members who have exemplified passion, commitment, and advocacy to the cultural vitality of the Corridor. The awards will be presented at ICCA’s third annual Celebration of the Arts event on Tuesday, November 12, from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the Cedar Rapids Public Library.




The Cultural Advocate Award was renamed this year in honor and memory of Peggy Whitworth, who passed away on October 25, 2013. Peggy was the founding executive director of Brucemore Historic Site in Cedar Rapids. She was a lifelong advocate for the arts and was a passionate supporter of the region’s cultural community. The Peggy Whitworth Award is presented to a north corridor-area community member who best exemplifies the same passion, commitment, and advocacy to the cultural vitality of the Corridor.




The recipient of the 2013 Peggy Whitworth Award is Terry Pitts. Pitts was nominated by the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, where he was executive director from 2000-2013. His nomination noted: “During his tenure, the Museum strengthened its permanent collection by adding more than 680 new works and he oversaw multiple landmark exhibitions. Terry Pitts served a critical community role during the flood of 2008, overseeing the Museum’s recovery and reopening, and providing gallery and storage space to other area non-profits, including the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library, the Cedar Rapids Community School District, and the Cedar Rapids Public Library.”




The recipient of the 2013 Larry Eckholt Award is Joshua Schamberger. The Larry Eckholt Award is presented to a south corridor-area community member in tribute and celebration of Larry Eckholt's lifelong dedication to arts and culture. The award honors a community member who exemplifies the same passion, commitment, and advocacy to the cultural vitality of the Corridor.




Schamberger, who was nominated by the Iowa City Downtown District, is president and CEO of the Iowa City/Coralville Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. His nomination noted: “Josh shares his talents, ideas, and expertise daily with regional arts organizations. He continues to be instrumental in the evolving role of the Iowa City Downtown District.  This cumulative work has strengthened arts and cultural programming in the region.”




Celebration of the Arts is ICCA’s annual meeting event, intended to elevate awareness of the artistic and cultural organizations in the Corridor and to celebrate the outstanding collaborations of ICCA partners. The luncheon will feature a lively and entertaining presentation, America’s Creative Crossroads: Cultural Planning in the Midwest, by guest speaker Harlan Brownlee, President and CEO of ArtsKC, presented by the Iowa City/Coralville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau.




Arts organizations will be recognized for their collaborative efforts throughout the year by Collaborative and Reaching Out Awards. ICCA partner organizations are nominated 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.




Celebration of the Arts is open to the community. Tickets are $25 for individuals or $200 for a table of eight. To attend, please register online by Tuesday, November 5, at or call 319.849.8ART (8278).




Celebration of the Arts is sponsored by the Eastern Iowa Airport. The keynote presentation by guest speaker Harlan Brownlee is sponsored by the Iowa City/Coralville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau. Additional support for the program is provided by Alliant Energy and Hills Bank and Trust Company.




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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ICCA Cultural Advocate Honorees Media Release_10.29.13.pdf  ,(pdf)544k

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