Thursday, June 28, 2012

Iowa Community Cultural Grant provides support for American Gothic House Center

Late Friday afternoon I received wonderful news!  The Iowa Community Cultural Grant (ICCG) program announced it will fund a project to help promote cultural events and attractions throughout Wapello County for the next year.  The grant awards $8,000 to Wapello County to hire a part-time Media/Publicity Coordinator.  The coordinator will market events here at the American Gothic House Center in addition to other organizations in the County such as the Airpower Museum, Wapello County Historical Museum, Ottumwa Community Players and other cultural groups.

The coordinator will also help to aid collaboration between these organizations to determine how the American Gothic House Center and other organizations can cooperate and pool resources so these organizations can attain more admissions, merchandise sales and/or fundraising so they can continue to contribute to the county’s quality of life.

The overall project is titled the “Wapello County Cultural Media Campaign” and is the result of the collaboration of the Wapello County Board of Supervisors, American Gothic House Center, and Ottumwa Area Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB).  The ICCG is a program of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs that provides cash support for the employment of Iowans who through those jobs spur the development and appreciation of arts, cultural, ethnic, historical and tourism activities.

The coordinator will be hired to work 22 hours per week, half of those hours at the American Gothic House Center and the other half at the CVB office.  I am thrilled for this wonderful opportunity!  It will be of great value to have support from a second staff person to promote the American Gothic House Center and the great things we have to offer!

More information about the position can be found at our website  Any questions regarding the position can be directed to Mark Eckman of the Ottumwa Area CVB at 641.684.4303 or Holly Berg of the American Gothic House Center at 641.652.3352.

Holly Berg
American Gothic House Center

The American Gothic House Center strives to become financially independent through gift shop revenue, sponsorships, and by establishing an endowment fund. Funds raised in this campaign will be used to match the Iowa Cultural Trust Endowment Challenge Grant and will become endowment funds to support the Center's annual operations. As a subscriber to the weekly newsletter, you have already shown support for the American Gothic House Center. I invite you to strengthen your role in the valuable experience we provide the community by making a contribution to our fund drive. Click here to give your tax deductible gift, or head to our website for more information. Thank you to all who have donated so far!

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