We put forward year five of Witching Hour Festival, a co-production of Little Village and the Englert Theatre. The discussions, workshops and performances by local and global artists, writers, musicians and thinkers included advanced conversations around issues of government surveillance, climate action, cultural heritage and a range of social justice issues. Revisit the program here. This lineup was one of our top achievements of the year, and as the year comes to a close, we hope it will remain useful as you build your holiday reading and listening lists.
This fall’s Best of the CRANDIC awards resulted in the biggest issue of Little Village ever at 120 pages. Eighty-one different individuals and organizations were featured, taking home prizes in 100 categories and paired with heartfelt commentary from across the community.
The November Give Guide created visibility for local retailers and helped raise funds for 15 local nonprofits.
As a local independent media outlet dedicated to creating visibility for the communities that define our area, Little Village published over 60 different local writers and donated ad space to over 80 local nonprofits. We also grew our staff by two, adding Izabela Zaluska, a full-time reporter expanding our coverage of the Cedar Rapids area, and Celine Robins, whose reader engagement work is helping make sure that Little Village remains a conversation, not just a bunch of speechifying.
On the Creative Services side, we produced websites and videos for a range of local businesses and nonprofits, including Field to Family, the Englert Theatre, the Iowa Dance Festival, the Global Food Project, Mission Creek Festival and the Strengthen Grow Evolve campaign to make Iowa City the “greatest small city for the arts.” (Obviously, we couldn’t agree more, and we are proud to have supported the campaign at the Leadership level.)
So, is the Grim Reaper of Print Media coming for Little Village? We say: NAH. Thank you for being a part of our family of readers, and for supporting us in ways large and small. I’m proud of our team and our work, but whenever people ask me our secret to surviving in this turbulent time for journalism, I tell them that it says as much about our community as it says about us. We’re fortunate to live in an area that values this work so much.
We’ve got our eyes set on big things in 2020, but we can’t do it without you. Will you pitch to support your local media this year?