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ICCA will Honor Cultural Advocates at 2016 Celebration of the Arts
Posted: 10/26/2016

October 26, 2016: For Immediate Release


ICCA’s Celebration of the Arts to Recognize Collaboration Among Arts Organizations


The Iowa Cultural Corridor Alliance (ICCA) will present its annual Celebration of the Arts on Tuesday, November 15, from 11:30am to 1:00pm at Hancher Auditorium. Celebration of the Arts is ICCA’s annual meeting event, intended to elevate the awareness of the artistic and cultural organizations in the Corridor and to celebrate the outstanding collaborations of ICCA partners. This year's keynote speaker will be P. Barry Butler, Provost of the University of Iowa, who will be speaking on the topic of partnerships, outreach, and engagement in the arts community.


Partner organizations nominate themselves for the Collaborative and Reaching Out Awards 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, the Larry Eckholt Award, sponsored by the Iowa City/Coralville Area Conventions and Visitors Bureau, and the Peggy Whitworth Award, sponsored by GO Cedar Rapids, will be given out to community members who have exemplified passion, commitment, and advocacy to the cultural vitality of the Corridor. The 2016 Larry Eckholt Award recipient is Kevin Hanick.  The 2016 Peggy Whitworth Award recipient is Kathy Hall. 


Celebration of the Arts is open to the community. A catered lunch will be provided for $25 per person, or tables of six are available for $150. Tours of the new Hancher Auditorium will be available after lunch. Tickets can be purchased online at Please order before noon on November 9.


Celebration of the Arts is made possible thanks to generous support from our Celebration Sponsors: Hills Bank and Trust Company, MidAmerican Energy, and Veridian Credit Union. And with additional support from our Arts Sponsor: the University of Iowa Community Credit Union.


Collaborative Award 2016 Nominees

Collaboration between ICCA partner organizations


"Linn There, Done That." The History Center collaborating with the City of Cedar Rapids, and the Cedar Rapids Community School District 

"Oakhill Jackson Walking Tour." African American Museum of Iowa collaborating with The History Center

 "Carefully Taught - A Performance and Discussion about Inclusion and the Arts." The Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre collaborating with the African American Museum of Iowa

Reaching Out Award 2016 Nominees

Collaboration between an ICCA partner organization working with non-partner organizations

"Oaknoll Concert Series." Summer of the Arts reaching out to Oaknoll Retirement Residence. 

The Iowa Cultural Corridor Alliance (ICCA) is a partnership of cultural organizations throughout eleven counties in and around Iowa’s Creative Corridor. The mission of ICCA is to promote the varied cultural activities of its partner organizations and to nurture a sustainable cultural community. ICCA is the community resource for Arts, Culture and Entertainment, offering our members and the community advocacy-focused events, educational programming, professional development, and arts and culture awareness.


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