Two organizations in Floyd County have been awarded art and cultural grants through the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs (IDCA).
The IDCA is distributing almost $2.3 million in total grants across the state with $5,000 going to Floyd County Historical Society and Museum and $2,500 for the National 19th Amendment Society/Carrie’s Girlhood Home Museum, both of Charles City. The Cedar Summerstock Theater in Saint Ansgar will receive $7,500.
Other area grant awards include $20,000 for the legendary Surf Ballroom and Museum in Clear Lake, $5,000 for Central Gardens of North Iowa in Clear Lake, and $10,000 for the Charles H. MacNider Art Museum in Mason City.
IDCA says it made 244 grant awards for community initiatives and creative projects across the state, arts and cultural organizations, individual artists and filmmakers and historic preservation efforts in 46 counties and 71 communities.
Because of the pandemic, Iowa’s arts, entertainment, and recreation industry lost 4,500 jobs between February 2020 and April 2021, according to figures from Iowa Workforce Development. The state’s nonprofit arts and culture sector lost nearly $50 million, according to Americans for the Arts.