Art, Galleries & Museums
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Written by Paula Neuhaus   
Tuesday, 11 February 2014 09:43

[DUBUQUE, IA.] Art Gumbo, a quarterly soup dinner that supports local creative projects with community-supported micro-funding, is now accepting applications from arts organizations or creative groups for the spring funding cycle.  Applications for Art Gumbo mini grants are available now through Thursday, March 13, 2014.  Applications are available at

Spring funding cycle is open to creative groups or organizations. Individual artists are not eligible to apply during this cycle. The first seven eligible applications received by 11:59 p.m. on March 13, will qualify to compete for funding.

Living Proof Exhibit Announces Call for Entries PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Natalie Dunlop   
Tuesday, 11 February 2014 09:28

Davenport, Iowa (February 10, 2014) –  Living Proof Exhibit, which celebrates the creative spirit of cancer survivors, is seeking entries for its annual exhibit to be held from August 16 to October 26, 2014 in the Mary Waterman Gildehaus Community Gallery at the Figge Art Museum in Davenport.

All cancer survivors or patients within a 150-mile radius of the Quad-Cities are eligible to submit up to five works for consideration. Entries must be received by April 22, 2014. Complete submission details are available at

During the course of the exhibit, the Figge and Living Proof Exhibit will partner to offer programming that provides creative outlets for cancer patients and survivors. These programs will include art classes, while the theme of the September PechaKucha at the Figge is Celebrating Survivors.

“For the past four years, Living Proof Exhibit has been celebrating the creative spirit of the cancer survivor through our exhibits and art therapy classes,” said executive director Pamela Crouch. “We are thrilled to be able to showcase survivors’ artwork at the Figge.”

According to Tim Schiffer, executive director at the Figge, “the museum is always looking for distinctive ways to bring art and people together and this exhibition shows the impact that art can have in peoples’ daily lives.”

“Holding the exhibit in the community gallery at the Figge will offer residents of the Quad-Cities a greater opportunity to view these beautiful, expressive works of art,” added Living Proof Exhibit co-founder Mary Ellen Cunningham.

This exhibit is made possible by a grant from UnityPoint Health - Trinity. For information about art therapy classes or programming opportunities, please visit or call 309.781.6227.

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

About Living Proof Exhibit

Living Proof Exhibit is a non-profit organization that hosts an annual exhibition of art by cancer survivors and patients and also provides free art therapy classes. The exhibit celebrates the spirit and creativity of these men and women as well as the therapeutic benefits of art. Co-founders Pamela Crouch and Mary Ellen Cunningham are both breast cancer survivors. They each found great power in photography during their treatment and wanted to share their experience with other cancer patients looking for strength, so Living Proof Exhibit was born. Visit for more information.


What's Happening at the Putnam Museum PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Putnam Museum   
Wednesday, 05 February 2014 14:28
Help us make the
STEM Learning Center a REALITY!

Opening February 7
Titans of the
Ice Age 3D

FREE Events:
2014 Winter Olympics
February 7, 11, 17, 20, and 23
Concessions will be open with wine and other adult beverages available for purchase.

Valentine's Special:
The Notebook
February 14 & 15
at 7:00 p.m.

The Bracero Program 1942-1964
Opening February 15


Putnam Museum World Adventure Series
Eastern Canada RV Adventure
Presented by: John Holod
February 18, 2014

1:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m.

Click here fore more information

Putnam Museum
1717 W 12th St
Davenport, Iowa 52804

Brucemore’s Thursday Night Lineup Features Nooks and Crannies Tour PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tara Richards   
Tuesday, 04 February 2014 13:36

Visit every floor, peek into closed rooms, and satisfy curiosity through this all-access pass to the Brucemore Mansion during the Nooks and Crannies Tour – March 6 and 20 at 6:00 p.m. Marvel at the Skinner pipe organ room, discover the architectural oddities in the attic, and experience the sight and sound of a "rain storm" in the basement Tahitian Room. Examine the superior craftsmanship and learn about ongoing preservation work. The tour is not recommended for children under ten or individuals who have difficulty walking or climbing stairs. Admission is $15 per person and $12 per Brucemore. Space is limited; purchase tickets online at or by calling (319) 362-7375.

The Nooks and Crannies Tour is part of Brucemore’s Thursday Night Lineup. Every Thursday night Brucemore will feature a different specialty tour focusing on topics for all interests, including arts and culture, Midwestern industry, gardening, landscape design, architecture, preservation, behind-the-scenes at Brucemore, and growing up in the early twentieth century. For more information on the Thursday Night Lineup or other upcoming tours, visit or call (319) 362-7375.

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


Presidents Day Weekend Features the Grand Opening of New Visitor Center Exhibits PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Adam Prato   
Friday, 31 January 2014 16:02

WEST BRANCH, IOWA— Visitors to West Branch can learn more about Herbert Hoover and other presidents this Presidents Day weekend. On Saturday, February 15 a park ranger discusses “Herbert Hoover’s National Parks”: special places like Arches, Isle Royale, George Washington Birthplace, Sunset Crater Volcano, and other national parks and monuments preserved by Herbert Hoover’s administration. The presentation is free and begins at 2 p.m. in the visitor center.

Following “Herbert Hoover’s National Parks” on February 15 will be the grand opening of the historic site’s new permanent exhibits from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. The new exhibits tell the stories of President Hoover’s childhood in West Branch and how he later helped develop the park which commemorates his life. The grand opening is free. Refreshments will be offered by the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library Association.

The new exhibits feature artifacts, archival photographs and documents, text panels, and audio-visual programs. Along with the park’s map and guide, audio tour, and introductory film, they complement visitors’ exploration of the restored buildings and commemorative landscape of the historic site and the extensive galleries of Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum.

On Monday, February 17  at Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum, archivist Craig Wright will present “Presidential Parade”,  a fun look at our presidents and the presidential library system. The presentation begins at 2 p.m. and is free with paid admission to the museum. It includes stories and images of presidents connections to both Herbert Hoover and fellow Iowan, Pulitzer Prize winning political cartoonist Jay “Ding” Darling. The Hidden Works of Jay N. “Ding” Darling, a temporary exhibit, is on display at the Presidential Library and Museum from until March, 23, 2014.

Herbert Hoover National Historic Site and 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. 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

Facebook: HerbertHooverNHS

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