Iowa City Public Art Program Opens New Round of Matching Funds

Overseen by the Public Art Advisory Committee, the Iowa City Public Art Program has opened applications for the latest round of Public Art Matching Grants, which will provide up to $3,000 to artists from Iowa City.


Up to $3,000 in grants will be available to eligible artists following the announcement of a new round of matching funds for public art.

Open to all artists seeking to pursue publicly available visual, audio, or performance-based projects locally, the Iowa City Public Art Program Matching Funds Program, launched in 2015, was originally designed to increase the total number of smaller or temporary public art projects.

Marcia Bollinger, public art coordinator and representative of the city’s public art advisory committee, said the smaller scale allows the committee to fund many projects, large and small, rather than spending limited funding. for only a few large projects.

Individual artists and organizations can apply. Both must match the amount allocated to them by the advisory committee, using their own funding to cover the rest of the project.

“It allows our funding to go further when matched by the artist,” Bollinger said.

The Public Art Program holds two rounds of funding each year, unless there is still money available after the second round, in which a third round would take place.

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Andrea Truitt, member of the Public Art Advisory Committee as well as Community Relations Manager at Summer of the Arts, wrote in an email to The Iowan Daily that the primary purpose of matching grants is to help artists bring their work to life and to allow the community to interact with art.

“These grants are a key way the Public Art Advisory Committee can help encourage access to the arts in our region for creators and viewers alike,” Truitt wrote.

One organization that has received matching funds in the past is Public Space One, which is helping select individual artists get funds again this year.

John Englebrecht, executive director of Public Space One and former member of the Public Art Advisory Committee, said Public Space One’s mission coincides with that of the City of Iowa’s public art program.

He noted that matching funds help accomplish this, primarily by expanding local audiences for art in general, in a way that makes effective use of limited funding.

“For Iowa City to have these matching funds, I think, is a really good way to leverage all of the creative projects that are happening in the city, with their current capacity as a public art program.” , said Englebrecht. “I think this program is a really good way to leverage fairly small resources overall.”

Submissions are taken until February 25. A list of eligibility requirements can be found on the Public Art Program. website.

Kayleen C. Rice