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Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs Awards $1.2 million in Arts Grants

The Dubuque Symphony Orchestra is pleased to announce that it has received a Cultural Leadership Partner Operating Support Grant of $12,000 and a Cultural Leadership Partner Art Project Grant of $3,500 from the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs.

Art Project Grants create opportunities for the arts to flourish in Iowa by investing in projects that positively impact the vitality of the arts in the state, demonstrate public value, and support Iowa Arts Council funding priorities. Eligible art projects must include excellent and innovative arts activities, involve collaboration, and provide access to Iowans. Grant funds awarded to the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra will support the symphony’s Hometown Heroes project that focuses on artists with an Iowa connection. This project ties in with the DSO’s Classics 5 Music & Fantasy concert, which brings Iowa native and violinist Robert Zimansky back to the USA from his home in Switzerland, where he is Concertmaster of the Orchestra of the Swiss Romande. Zimansky will perform Bruch’s Scottish Fantasy: a beautiful musical homage to the folk music of Scotland.

This concert also features the premiere of a DSO commission by Dubuque native Derek Jenkins. Jenkins’ piece will incorporate a bit of Dubuque area folklore in the story of Mathias Loras, the first bishop of Dubuque. Concert dates are Saturday, April 29 at 7:30pm and Sunday, April 30 at 2:00pm at Dubuque Five Flags Theater. Funding for the Art Project Grant program is made possible by an annual appropriation from the Iowa Legislature to the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, and by the National Endowment for the A

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