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Play Along with Dora and Diego in New Exhibit Dora & Diego – Let’s Explore! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Elly Gerdts   
Thursday, 22 May 2014 09:02

Bettendorf — Get ready to explore with Dora and Diego at the Family Museum in the new exhibit Dora and Diego—Let’s Explore! The exhibit features beloved characters Dora and Diego from Nickelodeon’s hit preschool series Dora the Explorer and Go, Diego, Go!, along with their friends Boots, Map, Backpack, Isa, Tico, and of course Swiper, now in their own exhibit for your preschooler to explore as they learn and play along.

This new, interactive traveling exhibition was created by The Children's Museum of Indianapolis in partnership with Nickelodeon, presented by the WellPoint Foundation, and made possible locally by DHCU Credit Union, Scott County Regional Authority, Anne E. Whitman, Riverboat Development Authority, and the Family Museum Foundation. The exhibit will be open Saturday, May 24 through Sunday, September 14, 2014.

Media and their families are invited to the ribbon cutting and member-only opening on Friday, May 23 from 5:30 – 7:30 pm. The QC Chamber will cut the ribbon at 5:30 pm.


Dora the Explorer follows the adventures of the 7-year-old Latina heroine Dora and her friends in an imaginative, tropical world. Go, Diego, Go! stars Dora’s 8-year-old cousin Diego, a bilingual animal rescuer who protects animals and their environment. The exhibit gives children and their families the opportunity to go into the worlds of Dora and Diego to engage in problem-solving and active play. Young children play along as they join an adventure and learn how to solve problems, be a good friend, and care for animals and the environment. Spanish vocabulary is incorporated throughout the exhibit to introduce Spanish-speaking skills to preschool children.

Dora the Explorer is a ground-breaking children’s series that draws kids into an interactive quest using a variety of learning techniques in every episode. Dora and Diego—Let’s Explore! carries the play-along theme throughout the exhibit as children are encouraged to actively play while they solve problems, share and learn about the natural world.

Favorite friends and places from episodes of Dora the Explorer and Go, Diego, Do! are incorporated in the exhibit including:

The Purple Planet

Visit the Purple Planet with Dora and Boots! A Purple Planet home invites young visitors to climb inside and slide down on the surface of the Purple Planet.


Rocket Ship

Dora’s outer-space friends want to go back to the Purple Planet and need help getting there. Aboard the Rocket Ship, preschoolers are invited to put on a spacesuit, pilot the ship, and test their memory with images of colorful planets as they help Dora and Boots take their outer-space friends home.


On the way to the Purple Planet, Dora and Boots encounter some interesting star groupings. Children and their families are invited to help identify the patterns made out of stars by inserting star shapes to light-up a constellation.


Isa’s Flowery Garden

Dora’s friend Isa the Iguana demonstrates how to take care of flowers, plants, and animals. Preschool visitors can tour Isa’s Garden to pick flowers, interact with bird, butterfly, and insect puppets, and pretend-fly with toddler-sized bird and butterfly wings. Even the littlest visitors will enjoy smelling the flowery scents and picking soft-fabric posies.


Tico’s Tree and Car

Dora is a good friend to Tico the squirrel and young visitors are invited to be a good friend to Tico too. Tico needs help picking nuts from the tree for a family picnic. Children can play along with Swiper to swipe the nuts and watch as they shoot up and over to fill Tico’s basket. Tico’s car is in need of fuel! Visitors can help Tico fill up his car with nuts so he can begin his journey.

Pirate Ship

In the Pirate Ship, preschoolers can join the Pirate Piggies crew and dress like a pirate to pretend-play along sailing the ship and divvying up the treasure. Visitors can raise and lower the Pirate Piggies’ flag, look through the telescopes to spot the treasure chest and then divvy up the coins into the Pirate Piggies’ banks and help them share the treasure.


Animal Rescue Center

Young children can practice caring and helping rainforest animals in Diego’s Animal Rescue Center. Preschoolers can be an animal rescuer, like Diego, as they diagnose and address an animal’s problem from the ‘Scanner’ bed, bandage and apply cold packs at the ‘First-Aid Station,’ and bathe stuffed animals at the ‘Care Station.’

Rainforest Maze

Preschoolers will explore a rainforest to locate rainforest animals. Active play is encouraged as children swing across the Bobo Brothers’ monkey bars, crawl through a fallen tree, climb across Jaguar Mountain, and jump or hop across the River Rocks.


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Written by Natalie Dunlop   
Thursday, 22 May 2014 08:55

Figge Art Museum is one of more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to military personnel and their families this summer in collaboration with the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, and the Department of Defense


Davenport, IA (May 21, 2014) – Today the Figge Art Museum announced the launch of Blue Star Museums, a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to the nation’s active duty military personnel including National Guard and Reserve and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2014. Leadership support has been provided by MetLife Foundation through Blue Star Families. The program provides families an opportunity to enjoy the nation's cultural heritage and learn more about their new communities after a military move. The complete list of participating museums is available at‐star‐museums.

The Figge currently offers free admission for active duty military personnel and their families all year round, but this partnership with Blue Star Museums provides a platform to showcase the museum to the military community nationwide. “We have world-class traveling exhibitions that are constantly changing, so it is exciting that active duty military members and their families have the opportunity to experience those exhibitions first-hand free of charge anytime they wish,” said Figge Executive Director Tim Schiffer.

This is the fifth year for Blue Star Museums and there are more than 2,000 (and counting) museums in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and American Samoa taking part in the initiative. Museums are welcome to join Blue Star Museums throughout the summer.

About Blue Star Museums

Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America. The program runs from Memorial Day, May 26, 2014 through Labor Day, September 1, 2014.

The free admission program is available to any bearer of a Geneva Convention common access card (CAC), a DD Form 1173 ID card (dependent ID), or a DD Form 1173‐1 ID card, which includes active duty U.S. military ‐ Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, as well as members of the National Guard and Reserve, U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, NOAA Commissioned Corps ‐ and up to five family members. Some special or limited‐time museum exhibits may not be included in this free admission program. For questions on particular exhibits or museums, please contact the museum directly. To find participating museums and plan your trip, visit‐star‐museums.

All summer long, Blue Star Museums will share stories through social media. Follow Blue Star Museums on Twitter @NEAarts and @BlueStarFamily, #BlueStarMuseum, on Facebook and read the NEA Art Works blog for weekly stories on participating museums and exhibits.

Museums that wish to participate in Blue Star Museums may contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or Wendy Clark at 202‐682‐5451.

This is the latest NEA program to bring quality arts programs to the military, veterans, and their families. Other NEA programs for the military have included the NEA/Walter Reed Healing Arts Partnership; Great American Voices Military Base Tour; and Shakespeare in American Communities Military Base Tour.

About Figge Art Museum

The Figge Art Museum is located on the riverfront in downtown Davenport at 225 West Second Street.  Hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday and Sundays 12-5 p.m. Thursdays the museum is open until 9 p.m. Admission to the museum and tour is $7. Admission is free to Figge members and institutional members and free to all on Thursday evenings from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. To contact the museum, please call 563.326.7804, or visit

About Blue Star Families

Blue Star Families is a national, nonprofit network of military families from all ranks and services, including guard and reserve, dedicated to supporting, connecting and empowering military families. With our partners, Blue Star Families hosts a robust array of morale and empowerment programs, including Books on Bases, Blue Star Museums, Operation Honor Corps, Blue Star Careers and Operation Appreciation. Blue Star Families also works directly with the Department of Defense and senior members of local, State and Federal government to bring the most important military family issues to light. Working in concert with fellow nonprofits, community advocates, and public officials, Blue Star Families raises awareness of the challenges and strengths of military family life and works to make military life more sustainable. Our worldwide membership includes military spouses, children, parents, and friends, as well as service members, veterans and civilians. To learn more about Blue Star Families, visit Join us on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

About the National Endowment for the Arts

The National Endowment for the Arts was established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government. To date, the NEA has awarded more than $4 billion to support artistic excellence, creativity, and innovation for the benefit of individuals and communities. The NEA extends its work through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector. To join the discussion on how art works, visit the NEA at

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Niabi Zoo to Feature Princess and Pirate Day PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Marc Heinzman   
Wednesday, 21 May 2014 14:42

Coal Valley, IL – May 21, 2014 – Niabi Zoo announced today that it will be holding an all-new event on Saturday, May 24. The event is titled Princess and Pirate Day and will feature games as well as treasure and scavenger hunts. Niabi Zoo is encouraging kids to come to the Zoo dressed as either a princess or pirate as they join in on the fun.

Princess and Pirate Day will feature a variety of fun princess- and pirate-themed games such as “pin the kiss on the frog” and “walk the plank” for children of all ages to enjoy. “We are very excited to bring this all-new event to the community,” said zoo director Marc Heinzman. “This new theme day is just one of the many ways that Niabi Zoo brings fun and excitement to the Quad Cities.”

Niabi Zoo will also be offering a free carousel ride to all children ages 12 and under who come to the Zoo dressed as a princess or pirate. In addition to all the other fun and games, there will be a parade of all the princesses and pirates in attendance at 1:00 PM. All festivities will take place from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM.

Niabi Zoo will be open from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM, with the last admission at 4:00 PM. Regular admission rates will apply.

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Fiber Art Exhibitions to Open Saturday PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Natalie Dunlop   
Monday, 19 May 2014 16:06

Davenport, Iowa (May 19, 2014) – This Saturday two new fiber art exhibitions will open at the Figge Art Museum. Innovators & Legends: Generations in Textiles and Fiber, organized by the Muskegon Museum of Art with guest curator Geary Jones and a companion exhibition, Local Threads.

Amid the social and artistic upheavals of the 1960s and 70s, artists began using traditional “craft” media to make sculptural and conceptual works that expanded our definition of the visual arts. Since then, new generations of artists have pushed textiles, fiber arts and other forms in even more directions, further blurring the distinction between traditional “craft” and “fine art.”

Innovators & Legends: Generations in Textiles and Fiber features more than 70 works of art by over 50 artists from across the country and abroad whose work with fabric, thread and yarn has revolutionized the genre of fiber art. Weaving, knitting, soft sculpture, embroidery, felting and other techniques will be displayed that explore the myriad possibilities inherent in fiber art.

The exhibition casts aside all preconceptions of what is, or is not, fiber art—including Mary Bero’s embroidered images, Kay Sekimachi’s classical woven wall hangings and Nick Cave’s celebrated “Soundsuits,” which are wearable sculptures inspired by African dance costumes and created from castoff materials.

The companion exhibition, Local Threads, will feature artists in the Quad Cities region who use fiber and textiles to create vibrant, imaginative artworks. Many–such as Rowen Schussheim-Anderson of Davenport, Mary Merkel-Hess and Astrid Hilger Bennett, both of Iowa City–are nationally and internationally known, and all the artists create compelling pieces that continue the theme of innovation and imagination of the larger exhibition. Other contributing artists include Dawn Wohlford-Metallo of Bettendorf, Amber O’Harrow of Wellman, Tricia Coulson of LeClaire and Carol Coohey of Coralville.

Both exhibitions will be on view through September 7, 2014 and are sponsored by the Iowa Arts Council and Wynne Schafer Interiors.  


Companion Programming:

Members Opening Reception

5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 29

Members are invited to a reception for Innovators & Legends and Local Threads. Light appetizers will be served.

Gallery Talk

7 p.m. Thursday, May 29

Curator and contributing artist Geary Jones will give a special gallery talk about Innovators & Legends.

The Evolution of the Fiber Art Movement Gallery Talk

7 p.m. Thursday, June 5

Artist Rowen Schussheim-Anderson will present an illustrated talk, giving her perspective as an artist and teacher on both exhibitions.

Exhibition Tours

1:30 p.m. Saturdays • June 14, 21, July 19

1:30 p.m. Sundays • June 8, 15, 22, July 13

FREE Family Day 

10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, July 12

Kids and their chaperones will weave their way through the galleries, exploring the amazing fiber and textile art on display. The studios will offer hands-on activities and projects inspired by Innovators & Legends and Local Threads as well as snacks and room to play. Sponsored by Wynne Schafer Interiors and the Quad-City Times.

Fiber Art Talks

7 p.m. Thursday, August 14 and September 4


About the Figge Art Museum

The Figge Art Museum is located on the riverfront in downtown Davenport at 225 West Second Street. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday and Sundays 12-5 p.m. Thursdays the museum is open until 9 p.m. Admission to the museum and tour is $7. Admission is free to Figge members and institutional members and free to all on Thursday evenings from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. To contact the museum, please call 563.326.7804, or visit


Branstad, Reynolds preview Iowa Arts Summit PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Office of the Governor of the State of Iowa   
Monday, 19 May 2014 09:45

Community stakeholders and cultural arts professionals to meet June 6

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Terry E. Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds were joined by cultural arts leaders at their weekly press conference today to preview the upcoming Iowa Arts Summit on Friday, June 6, 2014. The Summit will bring together community stakeholders, cultural organizations and arts professionals from across the state for a day-long discussion about arts and culture in Iowa.

“The cultural arts continue to transform our communities by elevating our quality of life, generating economic growth and creating job opportunities not only for Iowans directly involved in the arts, but also for the skilled trades and the hospitality industry,” said Branstad. “This Summit will be a terrific opportunity for Iowans to learn and share ideas about the arts and the economy and discuss the best options for investing in rural and community development through the arts.”

“This important day will foster a greater sense of connectivity across Iowa’s cultural landscape and remind us that we all have a stake in ensuring the vitality of Iowa’s quality of life,” said Reynolds. “We invite and encourage Iowans from all across the state to participate in this important discussion by attending the Iowa Arts Summit on June 6 in Des Moines.”

The schedule features dynamic learning sessions with local, regional and national presenters; panel discussions; and presentation of the Governor’s Arts Awards. Discussion topics will include the intersection of arts and economy, building public support for the arts, and arts-based rural development as well as contemporary audience marketing strategies, building organizational capacity, and encouraging successful community collaborations. Professional development and networking opportunities will be available as well as featured performances by Iowa City’s Working Group Theatre, Ballet Quad Cities and Parranderos Latin Combo of Des Moines.

“We’re very excited to bring arts professionals, community leaders and advocates together to discuss arts and culture and the impact they have on Iowa,” Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs Director Mary Cownie said. “Iowa has an incredible arts story to tell and we want to empower Iowans with the tools they need to better tell that story.”

The Iowa Arts Summit will be 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday, June 6, 2014, at the Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center, part of the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines. Registration is open now through May 23, 2014 for $45 per person at Discounted rates for students and a limited number of registration scholarships are available.

The Iowa Arts Summit is presented by the Iowa Arts Council with support from the National Endowment for the Arts. IAC is a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs. Visit or call 515-281-5111 for more information.


The Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs is responsible for developing the state’s interest in the areas of the arts, history and other cultural matters with the advice and assistance from its three divisions: the State Historical Society of Iowa; the Iowa Arts Council; and Produce Iowa, the film, television and digital media office that supports media production in Iowa. DCA preserves, researches, interprets and promotes an awareness and understanding of local, state and regional history and stimulates and encourages the study and presentation of the performing and fine arts and public interest and participation in them. It implements tourism-related art and history projects as directed by the General Assembly and designs a comprehensive, statewide, long-range plan with the assistance of the Iowa Arts Council to develop the arts in Iowa. More information about DCA is available at


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