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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.

Maximize your impact with Birdies! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Putnam Museum   
Tuesday, 27 May 2014 11:38
It's YOUR support that helps open a world of opportunities
to our region's children and future generations to come.
Without YOU, it truly cannot happen!

Over the past two months, the Putnam has transformed before our eyes!
In April of 2014, a $2.2 million dollar repurposing project became a reality, allowing us to renovate underutilized space into a NEW Science Center with nearly 
50 hands-on discovery stations!
The Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math education that we provide in our new center is a pivotal necessity for our children. With YOUR help, we can continue to educate them about STEM-related careers and community businesses that utilize these skills each and every day.
There is so much more to be done in 2014! We urge you to maximize your pledge through Birdies for Charity today, ensuring the Putnam is a vibrant community
resource well into the future!

Click here to download a form or stop by the

Putnam's ticketing window to pick yours up today!

Forms should be completed by Tuesday, July 1st. Please be sure to write in "Putnam" for

CHARITY SOLICITED FOR and "595" for BIRD NUMBER on the top back portion of your form.

Thank you for your consideration.





Kim Findlay


Brucemore’s Sixth Annual Tahitian Party PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tara Richards   
Friday, 23 May 2014 14:12

Party Poolside to Restore the Voice of Brucemore

For one night Brucemore’s infamous Tahitian Room will spill out into the pool area for the estate’s sixth annual Tahitian Party on June 27 from 6:30 to 10:00 p.m. Throw on a hula skit or Hawaiian shirt and dance to the beat of the steel drum band to support the restoration of the 1929 Skinner player pipe organ.  With Polynesian noshes, exotic beverages, and roast suckling pig, this popular event cannot be missed.

Irene Douglas contracted Ernest M. Skinner to construct a residential organ   for $14,000 in 1929.  Brucemore’s organ, known as Opus 754, is one of only six residential organs created by the Skinner Organ Company that remains unaltered and in situ. In the 1920s, a player organ was the ultimate home entertainment system.  The player function allowed multiple orchestral voices, operas, symphonies, and popular songs to be played at the push of a button.  Experts agree that this “national treasure” needs attention.  A 2013 survey examined the condition of the organ and revealed that a full restoration was necessary.  Based on these results, a three-phase restoration project for the organ began with plans for completion in 2018.  This rare and remarkable instrument is vital to the estate’s rich history and its full restoration will make it integral to the visitor experience.

Tickets are $60 per person.  Space is limited; Purchase tickets by June 18 by visiting or by calling (319) 362-7375.  On-site parking is available.  On-site food vendors and bar included with ticket.  Sponsorship levels are available starting at $125 and offer additional benefits.

About Brucemore

Experience Brucemore, an unparalleled blend of tradition and culture, located at 2160 Linden Drive SE, Cedar Rapids, Iowa. At the heart of the historic 26-acre estate stands a nineteenth-century mansion filled with the stories of three Cedar Rapids families.  Concerts, theater, programs, and tours enliven the site and celebrate the heritage of a community.  For more information, call (319) 362-7375 or visit


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