Art, Galleries & Museums
Iowa Museum Week Encourages Iowa Citizens to Celebrate Area Museums PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Elly Gerdts   
Wednesday, 04 June 2014 13:38

Bettendorf – In partnership with the Iowa Museum Association, Governor Terry Branstad has declared June 9-15, 2014 Iowa Museum Week. The Family Museum staff would like to encourage the citizens of the Quad Cities to explore area museums. “Iowa Museum Week happens during a great time of year for families to get out of the house and into any one of the fantastic museums in the area – on both the Iowa and the Illinois sides of the river. The Quad Cities is rich with culture from our art museums to our botanical center to our history museums, and the Family Museum is honored to be included as one of the many educational assets of the community,” said Family Museum Assistant Director Kim Kidwell.

Family Museum Director Jeff Reiter said, “Not only is Iowa Museum Week a time to celebrate Iowa museums, it’s a time for us at the Family Museum to thank our community for its continuing support. It is because of the people of the City of Bettendorf and the Quad Cities that we are able to offer such exciting exhibits and dynamic programing. It’s a time to thank our guests, our city leaders, our volunteers, our donors, and our sponsors. It’s very humbling to work in such a supportive community.”

According to the proclamation [view here], “Iowa’s museums play a crucial role in preserving the historical fabric and memory of our state through the preservation of artifacts and archives.” “Iowa’s museums provide educational resources and programs which expand learning opportunities for all ages.” “Iowa’s museums contribute to a vibrant community and state economy through job creation, the purchase of goods and services, and by attracting tourism revenue to the community and the state.” “Iowa’s museums play a significant role in enhancing community quality of life.” Branstad encourages the citizens of the state Iowa to celebrate by visiting and supporting the Iowa museum of their choice.

If you would like to contact the Iowa Museum Association, please contact Cynthia Sweet, Executive Director at (319) 239-2236 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Art Gumbo Cancels Summer Funding Cycle/Announces New Plans for Fall PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Paula Neuhaus   
Tuesday, 03 June 2014 12:54

Art Gumbo Dubuque will not be accepting applications for the annual summer funding cycle. The event scheduled for June has been cancelled. The independent crowd-funding initiative was launched in 2010 and has raised nearly $12,000 in seed money to fund 24 arts-related projects. Art Gumbo winners have included Tim Olson’s “A City at Work,” Bell Tower Theatre, Outside The Line’s Art Gallery’s “The Great Draw,” and artist Gene Tully’s sculpture installation in the Historic Millwork District.

Co-founder and director Paula Neuhaus plans to use the time off from the summer event to work on plans to re-launch the project in September as Smart Gumbo; a crowd-funding source for smart ideas that propose to impact our economy, increase a healthy environment, and enhance our cultural vibrancy. Smart Gumbo plans to accept applications from all projects that propose to make Dubuque a smart and thriving place to live, work, and play.

“Art Gumbo has offered the arts community an alternative funding source for three years and has funded some incredible projects,” Neuhaus said, “In our fourth year we’re excited to welcome proposals from a variety of disciplines. As the cultural landscape of Dubuque continues to evolve, Smart Gumbo will be there to provide funding to all facets of innovative projects that impact our community.”

The inaugural Smart Gumbo is schedule for Thursday, September 18, 6-8 p.m. at Dubuque Area Arts Collective, 902 Main Street with soup and bread provided by Dubuque Food Co-Op.

For more details or to donate time or services to Art Gumbo/Smart Gumbo visit or contact Paula Neuhaus at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Design-a-Decal contest celebrates 30 years of student artwork PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jean Hessburg   
Monday, 02 June 2014 15:37

Teachers use student-designed stickers to encourage great work

DES MOINES, IA (06/02/2014)(readMedia)-- Iowa State Education Association (ISEA) members around the state have used ISEA's student-designed stickers to celebrate student achievement and good work for over 29 years. Now in its 30th year, the popular Design-a-Decal program helps give statewide recognition to young art students when their winning designs are printed on stickers and educators use them to give positive feedback to their students. With encouraging messages like "Way 2 Go" and "Super Cool," the stickers get used on everything from homework assignments, to papers and projects.

Students competed in three, grade-level categories: elementary (K-5); junior high/middle school (6-8); and high school (9-12). The 24 winning designs are printed in full color on sheets of one-inch square stickers and each design is featured twice.

"The Design-a-Decal contest is one of our longest-standing programs because it's so much fun for the students. Art teachers who administer the program are very enthusiastic and the students who submit designs do a great job and love to participate, so it's a win-win for everyone. It's a wonderful way to encourage creativity. The end result is a terrific page of stickers our members can use on homework and other assignments to encourage more great work," said Tammy Wawro, president of the ISEA.

The students who created the designs used on the decal sheets receive two plaques from the ISEA-one they keep and one to be displayed at their school.

(A listing with names of the schools, supervising art teacher, and students whose designs were selected for use on the decal sheets is attached. Also attached is a picture of the winning decals.)


Full Scholarships to QC Summer Art Courses PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brittany Marietta   
Friday, 30 May 2014 11:38

Local Summer Art Courses – Summer at Rivermont – 1st-8th Grade Students

Full Scholarships Available for Low Income Students – Enroll Now!


Thanks to a generous grant from the Quad City Arts Arts Dollar$ program, Rivermont Collegiate is able to waive tuition for Summer at Rivermont art courses for low income students.  


For complete details, scholarship eligibility, and to enroll, or pick up an application at Rivermont Collegiate – 1821 Sunset Drive, Bettendorf, IA 52722.

Summer at Rivermont enrichment courses are open to the entire Quad City community and held on the Rivermont Collegiate campus in Bettendorf. There is a limited amount of grant money and courses will be filled on a first come, first served basis. Though Summer at Rivermont offers courses in a variety of subjects, these scholarships are only applicable to art courses.

Art courses offered include:

Digital Photo Phrenzy (4th-8th grade, June 30-July 3)

Mythical Clay Creatures (1st-3rd grade, July 7-18)

Amazing Architecture in Clay (4th-6th grade, July 7-18)

Screen Printing Extravaganza (3rd-8th grade, July 21-25)

Mural Masters (5th-8th grade, July 28-August 1)

These scholarships are supported with Quad City Arts Dollar$ funds, provided by Hubbell-Waterman Foundation, the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency, the Doris and Victor Day Foundation, and Deere & Company.

Registration Open for 6th Annual Engineering Kids Camps at the Putnam Museum PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Pat Barnes   
Friday, 30 May 2014 09:29

Registration is now open for the 6th annual Engineering Kids Camp at the Putnam Museum. The one day camps will be held during the week of July 21st - July 25th for kids in grades 2nd – 8th.

The camp is a partnership between the Quad City Engineering & Science Council (QCESC), the Putnam Museum and the Iowa State University College of Engineering, who design and lead the camp.  Each one day camp will be an exciting, engaging experience for your young engineer. Three fun, hands-on sessions including LEGO robotics with challenges for various student experience levels, the opportunity to create and learn side-by-side with engineering students from Iowa State University and Quad City professional engineers, and a big screen 3D movie along with a camp t-shirt and lunch.

Camp free is $40 and includes lunch and a t-shirt. Camp runs 9am – 3pm daily with extended care available for additional fees at the Putnam Museum, 1717 W. 12th Street, Davenport, Iowa. Space is limited, register today or call 563-324-1933 ext. 266.


  • July 21st – Grade 4-6
  • July 22nd – Grades 4-6
  • July 23rd – Grades 2-3
  • July 24th – Grades 4-8 GIRLS ONLY!
  • July 25th Grades 7-8

For more information about the Iowa State University Engineering Kids Program, visit For more information on the Quad City Science & Engineering Council, visit


For further information, please contact Pat Barnes at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or (563) 370-5513.

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