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Sioux City student wins Poetry Out Loud in Iowa
While basketball tournaments command much of the state’s attention this month, we were delighted to see Grace Kiple (middle) of Sioux City’s LAMB School of Theatre and Music capture the 2017 Poetry Out Loud in Iowa state championship.

Grace earned the victory with compelling recitations of “The Cross of Snow” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, “Dear Reader” by Rita Mae Reese and “Entirely” by Louis MacNeice. Esther Oge Ubadigbo (right) of Des Moines Central Academy took second place, and Elise Sturgeon (left) of Sioux City North finished third.

With her win, Grace received a $200 cash prize, plus $500 for her school to purchase poetry books and an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C., where she will represent Iowa in the Poetry Out Loud National Finals April 25-26. Students from all 50 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands will compete for $50,000 in scholarships and school stipends. Please join us in wishing Grace good luck at the national finals.
Arts grants support nonprofits
Could your nonprofit use some help with its next big idea? You’re in luck: Our next grant cycle is now open. See what some of our nonprofit partners have done with grant funding in the past. Applications for most of our grant programs are due May 1.
ArtUps wrap up this month with programs about getting involved in public art (today) and how to write successful grant applications (March 23). ArtUps are free, but registration is required. If you missed any previous sessions, you can view them in the online archive
Meet the Artist in Dubuque
The Meet the Artist program is coming to the Dubuque Museum of Art from 2 to 4 p.m. on March 25. Hear about the work of the five Iowa Artist Fellows and artist Heidi Draley McFall of nearby De Witt.
Map of Things No Longer Here
Six artists have been commissioned to create art and writing that celebrates Grinnell's business history, and you can be part of their project. Share your story with the Grinnell Historical Museum and the Grin City Collective and learn more about the project at events happening today and Friday.
The Film Lounge
"The Film Lounge"
With the highly successful premiere of “The Film Lounge” behind us, we’re now shifting our focus towards season two of the series. Be sure to submit your film for consideration by June 1. Films must be two to 20 minutes in length and fall within the following genres: animation, art, documentary, experimental, music video or narrative.
Iowa Women's Art Exhibit
Iowa Women's Art Exhibition
If you’re a female artist in Iowa, you can apply to be in the Iowa Women’s Art Exhibition on display in the formal office of the Lieutenant Governor at the State Capitol. Works rotate semi-annually and artists receive a $250 stipend. Apply online by May 1.
Ag Art Exhibition
Agriculture Art Exhibition
The Celebration of Iowa: Agriculture Art Exhibition is back for a sixth year, and you’re encouraged to submit artwork by July 1. The competition offers $5,600 in prizes, and the finalists will have their work displayed from August through October at the State Historical Museum of Iowa.
State Law Library art exhibition
Art on the Capitol Complex
The next time you visit the Capitol Complex, make sure you check out three arts exhibits presented by the Iowa Arts Council. They’re located in the State Law Library Art Exhibit (Yun Shin), Iowa Women's Art Exhibit (Jane Gilmor, Jody Boyer and Rachel Merrill) and Art at the Cafe (Stephanie Brunia) and are all free and open to the public.
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