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Applications for the 2017 Cultural Mini-Grants are now available.

Do you or your organization have an idea for more Fairfield arts, entertainment or beautification, but need a little help getting it off the ground? Every year, the Fairfield Cultural Alliance happily offers Cultural Trust Fund mini grants to nonprofit organizations. These small grants will be awarded to cover expenses for creating events or projects that benefit the art and/or culture of Fairfield. Now is the time to apply.


Werner Elmker took photos at the 30th Annual Vintage Dodge Power Wagon Rally (click here) on June 10, 2017.

Pick up a copy of our 2017 Fairfield Heritage Tour Booklet at many locations around town. Werner Elmker provided the cover photo.


10th Annual FCA Gala held on Tuesday, Nov 15, 2016

The Fairfield Cultural Alliance invited all culture lovers and creators to its annual Networking Gala at ICON Gallery on the Fairfield Square in our Cultural District. A few surprises added to the fun and presentations.

Live music by Fairfield's own Society of Broken Souls (Lauryn Shapter and Dennis James) set the mood and provided wonderful entertainment.

Mayor Ed Malloy displayed the new City Logo and spoke about the process of creating a "brand" for Fairfield to encourage more tourists to visit, and to further encourage more to join our growing population. Terry Baker spoke about the CVB's new tag line, "Tune into Our Vibe," which complements the City's   "Connect. Create. Celebrate."


Michael Halley holds up the new Fairfield logo while Terry Baker talks about the branding process
2016 FCA Gala

The new CVB logo and tag line
2016 FCA Gala

Recipients of our Cultural Mini-Grants for 2016 were announced. They outlined their projects, listed below --

   1. Carol Negro, Everybody Sings, for their upcoming holiday presentations.

   2. Rusty Luksich, Drum-Building.

   3. Gary Henry, Southeast Blues Society, for "Rockin' in the Blues Year" on Jan 7, 2017.

   4. Bill Teeple, ICON, for gallery security upgrades.

   5. Steve Smith, for Live on the Square, summer 2017 events.

   6. Burt Chojonowski, Fairfield First!, for photography by Werner Elmker.

   7. Suzan Kessel, Fairfield Art Assn., to help complete the Lee Gobble Sculpture.

   8. Joni Johnston, Greater Fairfield Area Habitat for Humanity, for repairs to their ReStore sign.

Next, Cultural Contribution Awards were presented to individuals and/or organizations who have made a significant contribution to Fairfield’s cultural community. This years's venerable nominees included Carol Negro for the Everybody Sings Community Chorus; Elaine Reding of the Chamber Singers of Southeast Iowa; Steve Boss, the cooking show host of KRUU FM’s "GREAT TASTE”; Jewel McDonald of Morningstar Studio; Nicholas Naioti, of the Arbor Bar; Meret and Steve Giacomini for Cafe Paradiso; and Tim Britton, world renowned Irish musician, recording engineer, sound man and emcee at Cafe Paradiso.

The FCA board regretted not being able to present awards to every nominee, seeing as each made an important contribution to the town Arts & Culture community this year and they deserve great recognition. For information about each of these nominees, click on the Nominations Page.

The 2016 Cultural Contribution Legacy Award went to Meret and Steve Giacomini for all the work they have done to bring incredible talent to this town and to create Cafe Paradiso, Fairfield's community living room.

The 2016 Cultural Contribution Achievement Award was shared by Tori Hollingsworth and Kadie Dennison for directing the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center’s Children’s Summer Theater Camp, this year serving 40 local children aged 10 to 14.

Tori and Kadie receive their Cultural Contribution Achievement Award.
2016 FCA Gala

   And, as usual, event attendees enjoyed gourmet appetizers and dessert refreshments, as well as beautiful live music provided by The Society of Broken Souls
2016 FCA Gala

Just some of the attendees
2016 FCA Gala

Bill Teeple received a grant for ICON Gallery and accepted the Cultural Contribution Legacy Award for Steve Giacomini
2016 FCA Gala

Thanks to Werner Elmker for the photographs
2016 FCA Gala

The FCA is a non-profit volunteer organization whose mission includes administering the Fairfield Cultural District and supporting creative expression in Fairfield through grants, education, and marketing. FCA projects include the Fairfield Cultural Trust Fund for mini-grants, the Fairfield Heritage Tour booklet annual editions, and annual Cultural Contribution Awards.

For more info contact Denyce Rusch, FCA president, by email at fairfieldculturalalliance@gmail.com.


Nominations Now Closed for the 2016 Fairfield Cultural Contribution Award  (Dateline Oct 20, 2016)

The Fairfield Cultural Alliance was asking for nominees for its 2016 Cultural Contribution Award. The FCA’s annual Cultural Contribution Award is given to recognize groups or individuals who help enhance the quality of life in Fairfield by creating, directing, or promoting artistic and/or cultural activities, works of art, or events in Fairfield for that calendar year.

“Fairfield abounds with people who make it their business to create art, music, entertainment, and cultural education and experience, ” say members of the FCA board. “We want to know who you think this year’s worthy award winners should be. Please send us your picks!”

Nominations should include the name of the individual or organization, plus a few sentences about why you think they are deserving of the recognition. Please also include contact information for the nominee and your name and contact info.

Nominations can be made by email (fairfieldculturalalliance@gmail.com), or in writing by mail (Fairfield Cultural Alliance ℅ Shanaz Kreider; P.O. Box 1584; Fairfield, IA, 52556; Phone: 641-233-8112). Nominations are due by Monday, November 7.

The FCA’s Cultural Contribution Award will be presented at the annual FCA Networking Gala on November 15 at 7:30 p.m. at ICON Gallery on the square in Fairfield’s Cultural District. All interested in supporting creative expression in our community are invited to come to the party!

Respectfully submitted by
Denyce Rusch; 2597 New Glasgow Rd; Fairfield, IA 52556 ph 641-451-0959


Three Fairfield Fans Attend State Arts Summit, (Aug 5, 2016)

"Studies show that communities who support opportunities for creative expression not only have a better quality of life but, in the long run, increased stability. The members of the Fairfield Cultural Alliance have long held this point of view, so it was fulfilling for us to get together with like minds from around the state and the country to get further educated and inspired. There were some stellar presentations!"

So says Denyce Rusch, FCA member. On last Friday, August 5, she and 2 other FCA board members, Paul Squillo and Bob Shrem, drove to Des Moines for the Iowa Arts Council's 2016 Iowa Arts Summit. It was a gathering of community leaders, artists, art entrepreneurs and educators who came together to attend presentations and network with each other.

They filled their day with three sessions each on topics which included -- "Sustaining Artist Networks," "Public Art in Your Community," "Hollywood Backstories with Andrew Steele (Creative Director for Funny or Die)," "Tools for Art Business Management," "Creative Placemaking," and "Flashes of Iowa Innovation." ArtPlace America presenters suggested that we “place arts and culture as a core sector of comprehensive community planning and development so as to help strengthen the social, physical, and economic fabric of communities.”

2016 Arts Summit

Along with the scheduled information sessions, they were treated to a rockin' musical performance from the cast of "Rock of Ages" by the Des Moines Community Playhouse and a particularly moving dramatic piece by Akwi Nji, award-winning Cedar Rapids poet and performance artist.

The Fairfield Cultural Alliance has been on a mission to support and nourish arts and culture in Fairfield since its inception in 2005, with the creation of our Cultural District. They presently give yearly Cultural Achievement Awards and mini-grants for deserving projects. They also put on an Annual Networking Gala, and publish the "Fairfield Cultural District Heritage Tour" book.

"Fairfield has a well deserved reputation in our state for supporting cultural activities, and a number of others were keen to hear what was going on in our town. All in all, the Iowa Arts Summit was a really worthwhile experience. All of us agreed that we were bringing back valuable information and ideas. We look forward to implementing these on our quest to support the continued growth of Fairfield's lively creative scene."


Cultural Grants Awarded, Sept 15, 2015

On Tuesday, September 15, members of the Fairfield Cultural Alliance Board awarded grants to several local organizations.

This year the Fairfield Cultural Alliance (FCA) was able to give out Mini-Grants to five worthy organizations for projects that will benefit the Fairfield community in this and the coming year.  See the full story here.

2015 Grants Awarded.


Fairfield achieves Certified Blue Zones Community Status, April 10, 2015

Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Healthways, Inc. (NASDAQ: HWAY), and Blue Zones, LLC, today announced that Fairfield, Iowa, has been named a certified Blue Zones Community®. Certification recognizes Fairfield’s community transformation through successful implementation of the Blue Zones Project®, a first-of-its-kind population health program that brings the world’s best practices in food policy, built environment, purpose and social networking to participating cities..  Click here for the full story.


Two Honored for their Cultural Contributions, Nov 11, 2014

Two individuals, Kristian Dey and Paul Praither, received the 2014 Fairfield Cultural Contribution Award at our 5th Annual Celebration of Arts & Culture.  Click here to see photos.


2014 Arts and Culture Celebration

The Fairfield Cultural Alliance will be hosting its annual Arts and Culture Celebration, “Cultural Progress,” at 7:30 p.m. Nov 11 at ICON gallery in the downtown Fairfield Cultural District.

This is a free event and is open to everyone. Doors open at 7:15. Culture lovers and creators can connect with community leaders, artists, and others who support and participate in Fairfield’s lively creative community. Those attending can learn about upcoming events and will have a chance to share news and ideas about their own current or future projects.

The Fairfield Cultural Contribution Award will be presented to a group or individual who has made a significant contribution to Fairfield’s cultural community in 2014.

Michael Halley will MC the event. Kristian Dey, owner of the Orpheum Theater, will tell us what’s happening now and in the future. Mayor Ed Malloy will give updates on the city’s commitment to our arts and culture. Michael Dugan, Fairfield singer and guitarist, will provide entertainment.

Enjoy gourmet appetizers and dessert refreshments. Two door prizes will be given ($25 cash donations to your choice of organization).

The Fairfield Cultural Alliance is a nonprofit volunteer organization whose mission includes administering the Fairfield Cultural District and supporting art and culture in Fairfield through small grants, education and marketing. Its projects have included the Fairfield Cultural Trust Fund for mini-grants, the Fairfield Walking Tour booklet annual editions and annual Cultural Contribution awards.

For more information, contact Marcia Tiffany, Fairfield Cultural Alliance president, by emailing
e-mail address
or calling 469-6182.


Cultural Contribution Award nominations now open

Nominations are now open for the Fairfield Cultural Alliance 2014 Cultural Contribution Award.  The purpose of the FCA's annual Cultural Contribution Award is to recognize groups or individuals for helping to enhance the quality of life in Fairfield by creating, directing, or promoting artistic and/or cultural activities, works of art, or events in Fairfield for that calendar year.

From the FCA Board: “Fairfield is full of people who make it their business to create art, music, entertainment, and cultural education.  We want to know who you think this year's worthy award winners should be. So please send us your picks!”

Nominations should include the name of the individual or organization, plus a few sentences about why you think they are deserving of the recognition.  Please also include contact information for the nominee and your name and contact info.

Nominations can be made by email (fairfieldculturalalliance@gmail.com), or in writing via post (Fairfield Cultural Alliance c/o Marcia Tiffany; 608 North D St; Fairfield, IA52556).  Nominations are due by Monday, Nov. 2.

The FCA's Cultural Contribution Award will be presented at their annual Networking Gala on November 11 at 7:30 p.m. at ICON Gallery on the square in Fairfield’s Cultural District.

Cultural Grants Awarded, August 28, 2014 (PDF)

On Thursday, August 28, members of the Fairfield Cultural Alliance Board awarded grants to several local organizations at a reception held at the home of Steve and Marcia Tiffany.

This year the Fairfield Cultural Alliance (FCA) was able to give out Mini-Grants to nine worthy organizations for projects that will benefit the Fairfield community in this and the coming year.  See the full story here.

2014 Grants Awarded.


Fairfield Arts Supporters Bring Enthusiasm and New Heritage Books to Iowa Arts Summit
FCA members at Iowa Arts Summit.

Fairfield was well represented at the 2014 Iowa Arts Summit held in Des Moines on Friday, June 6, 2014, by four members of the Fairfield Cultural Alliance (pictured below) and Rustin Lippicott of the Fairfield Arts and Convention Center.

Leading voices in the Iowa Arts and Culture scene as well as state and national policy makers including from the National Endowment for the Arts gave substance to the importance of the arts to community vitality, strengthening the creative economy, tourism and the education of young minds.

More than 250 people attended the day long program at Veterans Memorial Center. The program included 12 sessions and our local FCA members were well represented at each program.

Some of the sessions attended included:

  • The Intersection of Arts and Economy
  • Contemporary Arts Marketing and Marketing with Limited Resources
  • Flashes of Iowa Inspiration
  • Telling your Story with Data

Informal networking and conversation with other conference goers revealed Fairfield as a well recognized arts and culture destination. As FCA member, Dave Thebodo noted, “Meeting other attendees was probably the most valuable aspect of the conference as far as I was concerned.”

Dave and the other FCA members happily distributed the brand new edition of the Fairfield Cultural District Heritage Tour booklet to other attendees when appropriate. This helpful guide to historic sites in and around Fairfield’s Cultural District, has been well-appreciated by tourists and residents alike since being developed and published by FCA members in 2010. The new edition includes information about Fairfield’s 175th Birthday Celebration this year, and more historic highlights.

The new edition of the Fairfield Cultural District Heritage Tour booklet is freely available at The Fairfield Public Library, Fairfield Arts and Convention Center, the Chamber of Commerce, and various locations in and around the downtown Cultural District.


RAGBRAI Organizational Committee and James Moore of KRUU Honored for their Cultural Contributions, 4th Annual Celebration of Arts & Culture, Nov 12, 2013

On Tuesday, November 12th, the Fairfield Cultural Alliance held its 4th Annual Celebration of Arts and Culture.  This Networking and Award Ceremony took place at ICON Gallery on the Fairfield square.  Cultural organization representatives, civic leaders, artists, and those interested in our community came together for a festive evening to share experiences, talk about cultural progress in 2013 and lay groundwork for the future.

Denyce Rusch, the emcee for the evening, spoke about how thrilled the Fairfield Cultural Alliance was to receive so many applications for Mini Grants this year.  Because all the applicants were so highly qualified, smaller amounts were given to support more individuals and non-profit organizations.

June Lowenburg of Fairfield’s First Friday ArtWalk spoke about the ongoing success of this monthly event and how it continues to grow in size, talent and diversity.  One of the galleries had 500 people walk through at the November ArtWalk.  Gingerbread houses are currently being made for the December ArtWalk Extravaganza.  They are excited about the upcoming year and encourage feedback and suggestions from the community, including new themes for future ArtWalks.

James Moore reported on FAIRfest.  There has been much excitement about the level of success for this first time multi-day summer event.  It was centered around the Convention Center and featured national, regional, and local music, great food, and sustainable fun.  Spearheaded by solar-powered KRUU-FM and supported by many businesses and civic groups, the festival inspired over $80,000 in funding and countless volunteer hours so it could be a free event.  Planning for FAIRfest 2014 is already underway, to be held June 20-22, with the vision of creating a signature annual event.

Michael Halley spoke about the process of organizing and planning RAGBRAI.  He commended the hard work and commitment of innumerable volunteers as well as general support from the community.  He reported $25,000 of RAGBRAI profits were distributed in the form of grants to local non-profit organizations and legacy projects.  Local businesses reported much increased profits.  Terry Baker of the RAGBRAI committee showed the letter from Guinness World Records confirming that Fairfield now holds the world record for, "The largest gathering of people wearing false mustaches".

  Guinness World Record.

Entertainment was provided by Ann Bosold (fiddle) and Tom Allen (guitar).  They played a beautiful Irish medley and lively Kerry polkas, and classical background music before and after the event.

The highlight of the evening came when Ms. Rusch announced that there would be two Cultural Contribution Awards, explaining that balloting had ended in a tie.

FCA Award presentation.

Mayor Ed Malloy presented the first award to the Fairfield RAGBRAI Organizational Committee in appreciation of their unparalleled effort in making the RAGBRAI event in Fairfield an enormous success.  Committee members include Michael Halley, Terry Baker, Julie Harvey, Tammy Jones, Rustin Lippincott, Dennis Lopp and Tracy Vance.

Ms. Rusch presented the other award to James Moore, Director and Co-Founder of KRUU-FM radio in appreciation of years of providing artistic vision, a platform for musical performance and creative speech in the form of volunteer Community Radio for Fairfield and beyond.  KRUU was the lead organization for FAIRfest 2013.

James Moore.

Ms. Rusch also pointed out that our community is so rich in art and culture that it is difficult to narrow down to one or two recipients per year, and she hoped over the years that all of the worthy organizations and individuals can be honored and celebrated by Cultural Contribution Awards.

The Fairfield Cultural Alliance is a group responsible for the Fairfield Cultural District designation from the State of Iowa.  The FCA publishes a Fairfield Walking Tour booklet and administers the Cultural Trust Fund.  Those interested are invited to join the FCA, meeting regularly throughout the year for projects that support and give recognition to the arts and culture of our valued community.  For details, contact Marcia Tiffany at 641-469-6182
or email us at:
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Cultural Grants Awarded in August, 2013

On Tuesday, August 27, members of the Fairfield Cultural Alliance Board awarded grants to several local organizations at a reception held at the home of Steve and Marcia Tiffanny.

This year the Fairfield Cultural Alliance (FCA) received the largest number of submissions for grants since it began offering grants; twelve in total; and the FCA Board decided to divide the total monetary pool amongst the worthy recipients. This did mean that none of the organizations got full funding for their projects, but each was helped.

Receiving mini-grants this year were the Carnegie Museum Foundation for brochure updates; the Fairfield Art Association to help purchase canvases for its FAA Member Exhibit; The Shakespeare Ensemble to help pay for expenses for recent play, “Arms and the Man”; Fairfield First Fridays ArtWalk for graphic design expenses; the Sustainable Living Coalition to enhance its self-guided tour of the Eco-Village; the Fairfield Convention and Visitors Bureau to pay event photographer, Werner Elmker; the Fairfield Arts and Convention Center to help fund 2 shows: MarchFourth Marching Band and Lightwire; Maharishi School to fund expenses for the event Alumni Extravaganza; the Southeast Iowa Blues Society for a new “Blues in Schools” program; the ARC of Jefferson and Nearby Counties to fund a Walk/Run for Camp Courageous; Military Honors organization in conjunction with First Christian Church to fund an event honoring World War II veterans; and DuoSolo Foundation for New Music for a piano concert by Amir Khosrowpour to be held in Fairfield on Sept. 8.

FCA Grant Reception

Pictured left to right, seated: Cindy Woodbury, Fairfield First Fridays ArtWalk, Denyce Rusch, FCA, Kella Tshopp, Fairfield Art Association; standing: Jeff Fitz-Randolph, FCA, David Thebodo, FCA, Brian Simmons, ARC, Bob Shrem, FCA, Marcia Tiffany, FCA, Stephen White, The Shakespeare Ensemble, Susan Shafer, Carnegie Museum, Michael Halley, FCA, Rustin Lippincott, Gary Henry, Southeast Iowa Blues Society, Mark Shafer, Carnegie Museum, Annalisa Clifford Miller, MSAE Alumni Association, Steve Tiffany, FCA, Ken Walton and Stacy Maurer, Sustainable Living Coalition.

See more photos on our Facebook page.

The Fairfield Cultural Alliance is a volunteer organization dedicated to supporting arts and culture in Fairfield. Through their Cultural Trust Fund, they help arts and cultural organizations create events and experiences for our town. Those interested in becoming involved with the Cultural Alliance are encouraged to call Denyce Rusch, FCA Board president, at 472-3866, or go to our Contact Page.

Mar 30, 2013...Call for Artists

The Fairfield Cultural Alliance is creating an online Fairfield Artists Directory.
See more information here.

Mar 21, 2013...RAGBRAI news

Fairfield will be an overnight town for the 2013 RAGBRAI XLI (Registers Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa) on July 26, 2013.  See the Fairfield RAGBRAI Facebook page.

Mar 08, 2013... New Heritage Tour

The Fairfield Cultural Alliance introduced the Fairfield Heritage Tour today. You can take a virtual tour, or walk or ride the real Tour.

FCA's 3rd Annual Networking Gala 2012

Go here for more details about the 2012 Networking Gala, held on Tuesday, Nov 13, 2012.

Annual Networking Gala -Connect and Prosper- Nov 13, 2012

We Cordially Invite you to Fairfield Cultural Alliance's 2012 Annual Networking Gala -Connect and Prosper- Tuesday November 13, 2012, 7:30 pm (doors open 7:15) at the Icon Gallery, west side of the square

  • Arts and Culture Networking - make your Cultural Connections with community leaders and members of our arts and culture community
  • 2012 FCA Cultural Contribution Award presentation
  • Live Musical and Dance entertainment!
  • Building façade grant information from Mayor Malloy
  • Reports on Two Roads Educational Arts Theatre, the 2012
  • Iowa Downtown Summit, upcoming Fairfield Culture Fest, & the new Orpheum Theater
  • Appetizer & dessert refreshments from "renowned local chefs"
  • Two Door Prizes ($25 cash donations to your organization)

Feel free to bring friends and enjoy the party!

*Sorry there is a conflict with the FACC Robin Lim event, but due to our advanced planning, we were unable to reschedule. If it fits your schedule, there are two other times you might see and here Robin while she is here. Check with the Convention and Visitors Bureau or FACC for details.

The FCA is a non-profit volunteer organization whose mission includes administering the Fairfield Cultural District and supporting art and culture in Fairfield through grants, education, and marketing. FCA projects have included the Fairfield Cultural Trust Fund for mini-grants, the Fairfield Walking Tour booklet annul editions, and annual Cultural Contribution Awards.


Note for 2012: No Cultural Grants were awarded for 2012.   Our Cultural Trust endowment fund did not grow enough in the previous year to allow us to provide grants in 2012.


FCA's 2nd Annual 2011 Networking Gala

See a copy of the Press Release (PDF) for the 2011 Networking Gala, held on Monday, Nov 7, 2011.


Cultural Grants Awarded, July 26, 2011

Three Fairfield organizations received grants from the FCA in July. The complete story is available here as a PDF.


IA 2020 Program, by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Arts Midwest,Saturday, Dec 4, 2010

Fairfield has been selected as one of only six Great Place towns in Iowa to take part in IA 2020, a "collaborative initiative among the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, Iowa Arts Council, Iowa Great Places and Arts Midwest to redefine the role of the arts in six unique Iowa communities representing a cross section of the diversity of the state."

IA 2020 is a two year comprehensive project beginning for us this Saturday, Dec. 4, 2010 that will take our community through a process that will include extensive initial self-assessment and site visits by facilitator and artist, Robert Bluestone and Iowa Cultural Affairs and Great Places staff.

On this initial Sat., Dec. 4 visit, we will show Mr. Bluestone our arts and cultural community though meet-ups (9 am and noon lunch) and an area tour. Then we will have an hour and a half Assessment Conference at the FACC (1:00-3:30). (See program below.)

A PDF describing the IA2020 Program is here.

The IA2020 Questionnaire as a PDF is here for you to download.


July 16, 2009...State tax credits for preservation and rebuilding of historic properties expanded

See the details on our Tax Page.
Or go to www.iowahistory.org.

May 29, 2009...Fairfield Cultural District Walking Tour booklets available

The Fairfield Cultural Alliance is proud to announce the publication of "The Fairfield Cultural District Walking Tour," an eight-page booklet that leads the history-seeker on a short walking tour around some of the high points of Fairfield's downtown Cultural District.

Graphic designer Denyce Rusch, vice president of the Fairfield Cultural Alliance, created this printed version from the online version at www. fairfieldculturaldistrict.org, developed by local historian Mark Shafer and history buff Jeffrey Fitz-Randolph.

The walking tour highlights 26 points of interest in and around Central Park square. FCA board members are quick to point out that, this being a relatively short tour, not all of our varied Fairfield history is covered, and there are certainly are other possible points of interest. "The good thing is, if there is sufficient interest in this publication, we have material for the creation of other possible tours around our town," said Ms. Rusch. "We welcome and encourage anyone who would like to help with this project and perhaps create audio or video versions. Please contact any Fairfield Cultural Alliance member."

Free booklets are available at the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center, Chamber of Commerce, City Hall, the Fairfield Carnegie Museum, Jefferson County Courthouse, Icon Gallery, MUM Argiro Center, Ecovillage Welcome Center, Jefferson County Hospital, and all local lodging facilities. Next time you are looking for something to entertain the out-of town guests, take a walk on the historic side!

Nov 01, 2008...Fairfield Art Walk Receives Tourism Award

The Fairfield 1st Fridays Art Walk received the Tourism and the Arts award Oct. 21 during the 2008 Iowa Tourism Conference in Sioux City.

The winning submission was judged on several criteria including outstanding performance 2007-2008, outstanding partnership between tourism and the arts, outstanding economic impact and effective marketing.

"The Art Walk does a tremendous job of making all art forms accessible to all age groups," said Nancy Landess, Iowa Tourism Office manager. "The free monthly event encompasses more than 30 art galleries, more than 500 artists or performers, fun children's activities, food and spontaneous bursts of creativity."

Sep 09, 2008... New Fairfield Walking Tour

The Fairfield Cultural Alliance introduced the online Fairfield Walking Tour today.  (Replaced by the Fairfield Heritage Tour, March 8, 2013).

Dec 11, 2007......from Dec. Iowa Arts Council Newsletter....

"Tools for Results" Tool-kit

The Texas Commission on the Arts has developed a "Tools for Results Tool-kit" as a resource for nonprofit arts and cultural organizations across the U.S. The Tool-kit is a collaborative project made possible with the help of the Meadows Foundation and Ballet Austin, and a host of other organizations that generously agreed to share their resources.

The Tool-kit covers six topic areas: Fundraising & Development, Programs & Exhibitions; Cultural Tourism; Marketing, Advocacy and Nonprofit Basics. Each section covers the basics, relevant concepts, best practices, things to consider, ideas for implementing change, common mistakes, ways to get started, do's and don't's and how-to's on a variety of topics. The "tools" are sample forms, letters, documents, checklists, templates and other resources.

The intent is for nonprofits to take these "tools" and adapt them for their own purposes.

Visit www.arts.state.tx.us/toolkit.

Do you check the Iowa Arts Council Web site frequently?

You should! A few changes and additions they've just made include:  Go to www.iowaartscouncil.org

   ⚫   A "Staff Roles Chart" that gives more information about what each IAC staff person does.
   ⚫   A new link to Culinary Tourism information on the Iowa Place-Based Foods site.
   ⚫   Updated information about this year's Poetry Out Loud student poetry recitation competition.
   ⚫   Two charts on the home page that share information about the IAC's funding and grant distribution.
   ⚫   A downloadable "Responding to Writing" exercise on the Grant Writing Tips page, that may help grant writers get good feedback on their drafts.
   ⚫   Resources for Individual Artists.

June 6, 2007...Regional arts and culture groups generate $63.08 million annually

The Iowa Cultural Corridor's (Iowa City-Cedar Rapids) many nonprofit arts and culture organizations generate an estimated $63.08 million annually in regional economic activity. This according to results of a new study conducted by Americans for the Arts and administered by the Iowa Cultural Corridor Alliance (ICCA).

The Iowa Cultural Corridor is one of 156 regions that participated in the Americans for the Arts study. The regional study, titled "Arts & Economic Prosperity III: The Economic Impact of Arts and Culture Organizations and their Audiences in the Iowa Cultural Corridor," is part of the most comprehensive study of its kind ever conducted.

"The results of this study send a strong signal to our legislators, donors and patrons," said Darcy Bemus, President of the Board of ICCA. "By supporting the many arts and culture organizations of the Corridor, we are also investing in the Iowa Cultural Corridor's economic well-being. Now, more than ever, the arts mean business."

Information: Iowa Cultural Corridor

Oct 27, 2006... Fairfield becomes a Great Place

The Department of Cultural Affairs made the announcement today that Fairfield is one of Iowa's Great Places.

See details on the Iowa Great Places website.

Governor Tom Vilsack created the Iowa Great Places program that calls on state agencies to partner with Iowans in a new way by combining state resources with local assets to make Iowa's communities, neighborhoods, districts and regions great places where people want to live, work and raise a family.

The proposal Fairfield submitted included: "Drawing on its arts community, local foods and cultural richness, Fairfield's vision works to expand the dynamic economy through a new Civic Center, marketing plan and business incubator, and an investors' roundtable.

It works to improve the natural beauty, redeveloping its downtown streetscape, restoring the Maasdam Barns and implementing a bikeway/walkway plan for the community. It enhances educational opportunities with its community supported radio station, sustainable living educational opportunities and educational kiosks.

It works to cultivate the cultural richness and recreational opportunities through a trails system, a Vedic Observatory, and its 1st Friday Art Walk. It works to strengthen opportunities for community philanthropy and enhances art projects around the area."

April 2006... Cultural District signs installed

"Cultural District" signs, supplied by the State, were installed on East and West Burlington Ave., North 2nd Street, and South Main Street.

November 2005... Cultural District approved

The Cultural District was approved by the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, and Cultural District signs were presented to the City by Anita Walker, Director.
See the state website

October 2005... Iowa Tourism Event of the Year

Fairfield's 1st Fridays Art Walk was named the Iowa Tourism Event of the Year in October of 2005 by the Iowa Tourism Office and the Travel Federation of America. See the 1st Fridays Art Walk website.

July 2005...
Fairfield Cultural Alliance formed

The Fairfield Cultural Alliance was formed to administer the Fairfield Cultural District. Elected President of the Board of Directors was David Dubois.

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