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Quad City Arts’ Arts Dollar$: Community Access to the Arts Awards PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jessi Black   
Thursday, 08 April 2010 07:54

Since 1979, Quad City Arts’ Arts Dollar$: Community Access to the Arts has provided funding for local artists and non-profit organizations to carry out high-quality community-based art projects. Quad City Arts is pleased to announce the regranting of $24,500 to 13 outstanding community arts projects.

 

Garfield Elementary, Davenport

Garfield Elementary students will work with artist Sarah Robb to explore their neighborhood community and tell the story of the relationship among themselves, their school, and their community as they create a permanent mixed media mural.

 

River Music Experience

Kids Dayz will be a monthly program series on the first Saturday of each month, April 2010 through February 2011, featuring a variety of presenters from the community: Terry Hanson, Paul Cioe, Hal Reed, Shellie Moore Guy, Larry Lockwood, and Steve Couch.

 

Jeanne O’Melia

Artists Jeanne O’Melia and Angela Rathman will partner to provide at-risk youth with drama and visual art workshops in conjunction with Thurgood Marshall’s year-long green team project to connect students to the environment through the arts and community service.

 

East Moline Park Board

East Moline Music in the Park Summer Concert Series provides five free outdoor music concerts to the general public in June through September, featuring Los Mocambos, Tony Hamilton Orchestra, Ellis Kell Band, Bix Beiderbecke Youth Jazz Band.

 

The Friends of Vander Veer

Storyteller Jessica Sheridan will present literature in the garden, using Eric Carle’s children’s books, promoting art and horticulture both indoors and outdoors at Vander Veer Botanical Garden all summer.

 

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Mississippi Valley

The “Art Buddies” program will match low-income children who have an interest in the arts with members of the local art community in one-to-one mentoring relationships. BBBSMV will provide these matches with arts-oriented activities throughout the year.

 

JB Young Intermediate

JB Young students meet three days per week with Melanie Holdorf-Prince. The class roster changes quarterly. All students are encouraged to participate in the after-school program, Pathways.

 

Henry County Courthouse

Henry County Artist Lee Kinball will paint a scene depicting or referencing Henry County, which will add to the already historically rich Henry County Courthouse.

 

Moline Public Library / German American Heritage Center

German “Artober” Fest is visual and performing arts partnership between the Moline Public Library and the German American Heritage Center.

 

Midwest Writing Center

The Young Emerging Writers Internship Program provides high school students with skills in writing, publishing, decision making, and project coordination. The program culminates with the production of a literary magazine. Artist Ryan Collins

 

Ballet Quad Cities

In June 2010, Ballet Quad Cities’ Production of “Ballet Under the Stars” will feature “The Ugly Duckling: A Message of Acceptance Told in Dance,” which will culminate a five-week residency at Rock Island’s Longfellow Elementary.

 

Davenport Chordbusters Barbershop Chorus

ACAPPELLOOZA workshop introducing high school males to the joy of harmonizing their voices through a cappella barbershop style singing, culminating in an evening performance featuring the ACAPPELLOOZA participants with the Chordbusters, open to the public

 

Jeff Coussens

The Quad City Playwrights’ Festival will select original scripts to be performed as staged readings by Augustana College students for a general audience. Jeff Coussens will produce the festival.

An awards reception will be held at the Quad City Arts Center Gallery on Wednesday, April 14th from 4:00 to 5:00 pm at 1715 2nd Avenue in Rock Island, Illinois.

Arts Dollar$ is made possible by support from the Illinois Arts Council, Doris and Victor Day Foundation, John Deere Foundation, and Mary Iva Gittens Knouse Charitable Trust.


Quad City Arts is a nonprofit local arts agency dedicated to the growth and vitality of the Quad City region through the presentation, development, and celebration of the arts and humanities. All Quad City Arts programs are partially supported by Quad City Arts Festival of Trees; Quad City Arts Partners; and operating grants from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency; and the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs.

 
Receive a free beer stein when you become a new museum member at the German American Heritage Center & Museum PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Angela Osborn   
Monday, 29 March 2010 15:00

DAVENPORT, IOWA (March 29, 2010) Visitors who sign up to become a new museum member will receive a free glass stein at the German American Heritage Center & Museum in Davenport, Iowa while supplies last. Visitors can stop by the museum at 712 West 2nd Street in Davenport, Iowa and sign up for membership and pick up their stein.

Museum members receive free admission all year to the permanent and special exhibits, a free subscription to our quarterly Member Magazine, free admission to special programs and events, member-only events, a 10% discount at the gift shop, discounts on classes, and trips, and a discount to the museum’s facility rental. Membership is $35 for an individual, $45 for a couple, $55 for a household, $55 for grandparents/grandchildren, and $1,000 for a life member individual, or $1,500 for a life member couple. 

Last fall the museum underwent a major renovation and expansion that resulted in a highly interactive, audiovisual experience of nearly 4,000 square feet of dynamic exhibits. Visitors of all ages and heritage backgrounds will be fascinated as they explore the human experience of leaving one’s homeland in the hopes of finding opportunity and happiness in another country. In the museum visitors step into the footprints of a person from over a century ago and

hear the sounds of a storm at sea, the roar of an old wooden German rollercoaster, and joyous music celebration as they travel through 2,000 years. Museum members receive free admission to our

 new permanent exhibit and our special rotating exhibits. The current special exhibit is Amana Colonies: Moving to the City.

 

The German American Heritage Center works to preserve and enrich the German immigrant experience and its impact on the American Culture. The museum also partners with other cultural groups to demonstrate the contributions immigrants from many countries and from varied backgrounds have made to the ethnic palette which is the United States. For more information on all of the museum’s exhibits, programs, events, classes, and workshops visit www.gahc.org or call 563-322-8844. General admission is: Adults: $5; Seniors:$4; Children: $3 (5 - 17 years old); Free for children under 5. Museum members are free. Hours are Tuesdays through Saturday open 10 am - 4 pm; Sunday open 12 - 4 pm.

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Local Housing Corporation Begins Construction on New Facility PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Erin McConaughey   
Monday, 22 March 2010 13:17

DID YOU KNOW… that a major problem in our community is the lack of affordable housing for all low income households?

DID YOU KNOW ….recent studies have shown that an additional 2,300 rental units are needed for households at or below 30% of Area Median Income (AMI) which is $12,630 for a one person household?  More specifically, nearly 800 low income persons with persistent mental illness struggle to find quality housing they can afford.

DID YOU KNOW …most people in this group are extremely poor, relying on monthly disability payments of $639 which is just under $7,700 per year or 18% AMI?

DID YOU KNOW … it is nearly impossible to find decent one-bedroom apartments that are affordable on this income.  The average cost for a decent apartment is currently $425 plus utilities?

DID YOU KNOW a local community Mental Health Center is set to break ground on a new 13-unit housing complex to help provide additional independent living opportunities for persons with mental illness? Please read the following press release for more information on how this organization is giving back to the Quad Cities.

Local Housing Corporation Begins Construction on New Facility

Groundbreaking Ceremony Scheduled for March 25, 2010 at 1:30 p.m.

Vera French is poised to begin construction on Vera French Court Apartments at 3465 Holiday Court in Bettendorf. The 13 unit complex will provide additional independent living opportunities for persons with mental illness.

Vera French Court will feature energy efficient one bedroom apartments, handicapped accessible units, a community room with kitchenette and computer center, laundry facilities and storage space. An outside patio, BBQ grill, picnic area and raised bed gardening area add to the amenities.

Residents living at Vera French Court have opportunities to participate in education classes and planned activities. Support services will be available on site.

Vera French’s Housing Corporation has been successful in developing 105 units of affordable housing by combining public and private low interest loans and grants all across the Quad Cities.

Funding for this $2.3 million dollar project combines Iowa Finance Authority’s Section 42 Low Income Housing Tax Credit with American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Funding. Additional funding sources include Iowa Department of Economic Development, Scott County Housing Council and Scott County Regional Authority and NAMI Scott County. Midwest Housing and Equity Group, Iowa Fund V is providing $1,365,000.00 of equity to the project.

For more information on Vera French, please visit their website at www.verafrenchmhc.org.

Russell Construction, located in Davenport, IA is serving as the General Contractor on this project. In the past Russell has constructed two 10 unit Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) projects, Vera French Manor and Vera French Terrace. Robin Andrews, located in Huntley, IL will serve as the Architect.

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MOLINE FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES GRANT DEADLINE FOR KAREN’S SUMMERTIME FUND PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Linda Martin   
Thursday, 11 March 2010 08:08
The Moline Foundation has a grant opportunity through a fund called Karen’s Summertime FUNd in honor of Karen Getz.  Through the Karen’s Summertime FUNd, The Moline Foundation is offering mini-grants between $300 and $1,000.  The object of this special opportunity is to provide non-profit organizations extra funds to develop creative, educational, and fun-filled activities for kids during the summer months.  Non-profit organizations are encouraged to apply if they serve the citizens of Moline and the surrounding region, including the Quad Cities.

Karen’s Summertime FUNd grants are made possible by Tom Getz, the Getz family and friends and many generous donors to The Moline Foundation. In establishing Karen’s Summertime FUNd program, the Moline Foundation honors the life of a woman who gave to so many others.  This special program will help us remember the many ways Karen Getz reached out to children with her sparkling personality and tireless spirit.

All materials necessary to receive funds are due in The Moline Foundation offices by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, April 30, 2010 or must be postmarked by or on Friday, April 30, 2010.  Please call The Moline Foundation at (309) 764-4193 to request a Grant Application.

Any child oriented non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization, including those who have never received Moline Foundation funding in the past, is welcome to apply.

The Moline Community Foundation offices are located at the Deere-Wiman House, 817 11th Avenue, Moline.

The Moline Foundation, founded in 1953, is a community foundation which provides grants to health, human services, education, community development, the arts and other charitable organizations. The Moline Foundation receives and administers charitable gifts for the benefit of citizens in Scott County, Iowa and Rock Island, Mercer, Henry, Warren, Henderson, and McDonough counties in Illinois.

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MOLINE FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES DEADLINE FOR GRANTS APPLICATIONS PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Linda Martin   
Tuesday, 09 March 2010 10:51

A grants submission deadline has been announced by the Moline Community Foundation. Non-profit organizations are encouraged to apply if they serve the citizens of Moline and the surrounding region, including the Quad Cities.

All materials necessary to receive funds are due in The Moline Foundation offices by 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 15, 2010 or must be postmarked by or on Thursday, April 15, 2010.

Any non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization, including those who have never received Moline Foundation funding in the past, is welcome to apply.

An application should consist of a written request stating the name and address of the organization, its mission, names and addresses of Board members, financial statement, balance sheet, and the specific purpose for which any money received would be used including a project budget.  The name, telephone number, and email of a contact person must also be included.  The requested materials should be mailed according to the above deadline.

The Moline Community Foundation offices are located at the Deere-Wiman House, 817 11th Avenue, Moline.

The Moline Foundation, founded in 1953, is a community foundation which provides grants to health, human services, education, workforce development, the arts and other charitable organizations which benefit the citizens of Moline and the surrounding area, including the Quad Cities region in both Iowa and Illinois.  The Moline Foundation receives and administers charitable gifts and works with citizens to achieve their dreams to improve the community.

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