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Cultural Center Features Project AWARE Sculptures and Iowa's Largest Art Show PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lori Chappell   
Monday, 06 August 2012 14:10

DES MOINES, IA (08/03/2012)(readMedia)-- The Patty and Jim Cownie Cultural Center will be bursting with fine art at the 2012 Iowa State Fair. Home to Iowa's largest art show, the Cultural Center features sculptures, art activities, demonstrations and much more. "Nothing Compares" to the 2012 Iowa State Fair set August 9-19.

The Cultural Center atrium showcases The Art of Becoming AWARE sculptures from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day of the Fair. The sculptures are made from trash pulled from Iowa's rivers in Iowa DNR's Project AWARE cleanup efforts.

Stop by to see the outstanding art entered in this year's Fair. The state's largest art show will showcase exhibits in the areas of fine arts, photography, creative arts, wood projects and doll house and miniature room displays.

Fairgoers can even let their creativity loose and try their hands at making art. Make and Take projects available in the Cultural Center include name bracelets, candles and painted ceramic figurines. Youngsters will also have a special chance to make a masterpiece at Art Attack. Occurring daily from 1-5 p.m. in the courtyard, Art Attack features special arts and crafts activities for kids to make and then take home.

Live demonstrations and working exhibits also offer Fairgoers the opportunity to see art in action, with artists demonstrating such art forms as wheel thrown pottery, glass fusing, china painting and many more.

For a complete schedule of activities in the Cultural Center, visit

"Nothing Compares" to the 2012 Iowa State Fair, August 9-19. Save money on advance admission tickets now through August 8 (while supplies last). For more information, call 800/545-FAIR or visit

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Governor Branstad and state leaders release statements on University of Iowa Hancher Voxman Clapp and Art Building East Facilities PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Office of Governor Terry Branstad   
Monday, 06 August 2012 08:03

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Terry Branstad, Lt. Governor Reynolds, Board of Regents President Craig Lang, Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Administrator Mark Schouten, and University of Iowa President Sally Mason today released the below statements upon the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) official response to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Inspector General report on the replacement decisions for the University of Iowa’s Hancher Voxman Clapp and Art Building East facilities.  The official FEMA response to the OIG report reaffirms FEMA’s commitment to moving forward with replacing these important facilities.

Governor Branstad and Lt. Governor Reynolds issued the following joint statement:  “We are glad FEMA has stood by their previous commitments to the State and the University of Iowa.  Common sense seems to be gaining the upper hand in this Federal policy dispute.  We recently surpassed the four-year anniversary of the flooding event and the University’s recovery from the 2008 floods cannot be delayed further.  We appreciate the Iowa congressional delegation’s active involvement in this issue and FEMA leadership’s openness to discuss our concerns regarding continued delays.”

Governor Branstad and Lt. Governor Reynolds continued:  “Today we wrote Secretary Napolitano asking for a final decision from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to end this Federal bureaucratic squabble soon and allow the University of Iowa to fully recover from the historic 2008 floods.”

Board of Regents President Craig Lang stated the following:  “The Board of Regents thanks FEMA for reinforcing its commitment to flood recovery at the University of Iowa.  The Board greatly appreciates the contributions of Iowa’s congressional delegation, the Governor’s office and Iowa Homeland Security in reaffirming the critical nature of this funding for the University’s recovery.  With the passage of four years since the devastating flooding on the UI campus, we must avoid further delays in the restoration of the Arts Campus, for our students and for the citizens of Iowa.  The process has been at intermission for too long.  It is time to proceed toward the last act.”

University of Iowa President Sally Mason said:  “Speaking for the entire University, particularly our 31,000 students, we are very pleased with the forceful reaffirmation from FEMA’s national leadership to replace Hancher, the School of Music and Art Building East.  We continue to be extremely grateful and thankful for the support of Governor Branstad, our congressional delegation, the Board of Regents and the Office of Iowa Homeland Security.”


Mark Schouten, Administrator of the Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Division, stated the following: “We appreciate that FEMA leadership has reaffirmed previous decisions by FEMA Region VII to replace the Hancher Voxman Clapp and Art Building East facilities.  This brings the University of Iowa one step closer to moving forward on replacing these important facilities.  We stand ready to answer any questions from Secretary Napolitano and we stand firm in our belief that the FEMA interpretation is sound and the most cost-effective path forward. The Governor has discussed this matter with Administrator Fugate multiple times and the Lt. Governor recently visited the damaged facilities on the University of Iowa campus.  We are all appreciative of the bipartisan support from our congressional delegation on this issue.  It’s high time for this issue to be resolved and for these buildings to be replaced.”

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German American Heritage Center All Ages Event! Stories with Wilhelm Grimm on Sunday, August 5th at 2pm! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kelly Lao   
Thursday, 02 August 2012 07:28

You are invited to come and see one of the region's best storytellers right here at the German American Heritage Center! On Sunday, August 5th at 2pm we will host Brian "Fox" Ellis as he performs tales from the Brothers Grimm. Ellis wowed and entertained the crowd during his last performance at GAHC and we are looking forward to another enjoyable session of storytelling at its finest!

This event coincides with the 200th Anniversary of the first published Grimm's Fairy Tales and compliments our exhibit Once Upon A Time...The Brothers Grimm at 200!
We hope to see you on Sunday!

Storyteller at GAHC PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kelly Lao   
Tuesday, 31 July 2012 11:11

Davenport, IA- The German American Heritage Center invites you to spend a delightful hour in the library of one of the world’s most famous storytellers on Sunday, August 5th at 2pm! Wilhelm Grimm tells the classic fairy tales woven with traditional folk tunes sung in Deutsch and spiced with details from the enchanting life of this prolific author.

The German American Heritage Center will host Storyteller Brian “Fox” Ellis of Peoria as he portrays Wilhelm Grimm telling the famous tales to children at the Center beginning at 2 pm. This performance is part of a series on storytelling for the 200th Anniversary of the  first publication of Childrens’ and Household Tales by the Brothers Grimm and complements the exhibit Once Upon A Time…The Brothers Grimm at 200! This event is sponsored by USBank.

Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, and $3 for children. Free for members. Call 563-322-8844 or visit for more information!

Hoover’s Hometown Days Fireworks Cancelled PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Adam Prato   
Tuesday, 31 July 2012 10:49
WEST BRANCH, IOWA— Due to extremely dry conditions in eastern Iowa,
including at Herbert Hoover National Historic Site, the August 4 fireworks
display scheduled to conclude the Hoover’s Hometown Days celebration has
been cancelled. Hoover’s Hometown Days is the annual celebration of the
birth of Herbert Hoover, 31st President of the United States.

Long-term weather conditions in the area required park superintendent Pete
Swisher to make the cancellation decision. The fireworks launch location is
directly adjacent to the national park’s tallgrass prairie, grassland
highly susceptible to fires during dry periods.  “It would be irresponsible
and pose a significant fire safety risk to allow the fireworks show to
proceed as planned given these drought conditions,” Swisher stated.

Swisher considered several factors before making the determination,
including the current weather conditions, recommendations from National
Park Service wildland fire specialists, and burn bans within both Cedar and
Johnson counties.  Swisher also said he has been consulting with West
Branch city officials and the West Branch Fire Department about the
potential need to cancel the display.

“I hope people will consider coming to the Presidential Library and
Museum’s east lawn area to enjoy the Cedar Rapids Municipal Band and laser
light show as this year’s celebration closes,” Swisher said.  The laser
light show represents a new attraction this year not previously a part of
the Hoover’s Hometown Days celebration, and will be synchronized with music
performed by the Cedar Rapids Municipal Band.

Herbert Hoover National Historic Site and the Herbert Hoover Presidential
Library and Museum are in West Branch, Iowa at exit 254 off I-80. Both are
open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central Time. Parking is limited so please
allow extra time to find a parking space. For more information go online at or call (319) 643-2541.

Herbert Hoover National Historic Site
110 Parkside Drive
PO Box 607
West Branch, Iowa  52358

319 643-2541 phone
319 643-7864 fax

Twitter: @HooverNPS

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