August 5, 2018
The Colts Youth Organization was recently honored to receive a Cultural Leadership Partner Operating Support Grant from the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs. The organization received the maximum allowable grant award of $20,000 per year.
Cultural Leadership Partners demonstrate their investment in a rich cultural environment that improves the quality of life for all Iowans. Partners are selected every three years and receive grant funds to support operating costs throughout the three-year cycle. The Colts were selected because of their exemplary record of programming, managerial excellence and community service on a year-round basis to the citizens of Iowa.
"These grants are catalysts that can spark cultural and economic growth in historic downtowns, concert halls and, possibly, the studio of a future Grant Wood," said Chris Kramer, acting director of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs. "We're proud to help Iowans make our state a culturally vibrant place to live, work and play."
Research shows that investments in arts and culture -- in museums, performances and historic buildings, for example -- help communities boost tourism, attract businesses, retain workers and improve the overall quality of life for residents. Accordingly, the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs helps Iowans invest in the people, places and points of pride that define our state.
For the new fiscal year that started July 1, the department awarded a total of $2,091,162 in 210 grants through two of its divisions -- the Iowa Arts Council and the State Historical Society of Iowa. The Iowa Arts Council awarded a total of $1,403,265. Grants ranging from $10,000 to $20,000 were awarded to 43 Cultural Leadership Partners -- anchor organizations across the state that significantly contribute to their surrounding regions.
Colts programs serve young people who desire high levels of challenge, achievement and success and they carry an expectation that members are committed to hard work and dedication. The organization has been in continuous existence since their founding in 1963. The Colts are proud to represent Iowans across the country each summer as "Iowa's Ambassadors of Music."
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