Expand Opportunities for Art, History, & Culture

Northeast Iowa’s communities are richer and stronger because of the unique art, history, and culture that shapes and enriches them. These elements of our community make our regional economy more diverse, our social interactions more interesting, and our entertainment options more engaging. We strive to provide direct technical and financial assistance to entreprenuers that develop businesses related to art, history, or culture, either individually or in partnership with others, but we also work with nonprofits, historical societies, and communities to restore related infrastructure and foster opportunities for cultural programming, expression, and celebration.

We are proud to have helped secure funding for the planning and/or restoration of several structures of historic significance including Motor Mill, the Burkhard Riegel Blacksmith Shop, the Larrabee Painted Stage Curtain, and the Elkader Clock Tower. We helped the Northeast Iowa Artist’s Studio Tour secure funding for marketing and signage, the Northeast Iowa Tourism Association photograph and market artistic, historic, and cultural tourism sites in publications and on their website, and we helped secure $100,000 for art along the Trout Run Trail. We started the first regional arts funding council in Iowa and initiated the first regional art crowd funding site in the state. In 2013, Northeast Iowa RC&D employees funded eleven art projects through their RC&D Employee Giving Fund. These creative projects, which were located throughout the region, were all targeted toward youth engagement. In 2015, Northeast Iowa RC&D was the only entity in Iowa awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, which will help develop community-focused art along all of Iowa’s byways. We are currently in the process of bringing together partners from nine counties as the Northeast Iowa Regional Adisory Council who will annually develop a Northeast Iowa Art, History and Culture Plan to ensure that partners from throughout the region can prioritize and move forward on important projects each year, foster communication and collaboration, and maximize artistic, historic and cultural opportunities in the region.

Join us on May 9th for a lively day of learning and conversations on topics that range from energizing our historic organizations, to funding opportunities, to practical tips and tools for preserving, managing, and restoring. Tuesday, May 9th 8:45 am - 4 pm Upper Iowa University Fayette, Iowa   Early Registration through April...

The Byways of Iowa Foundation and the Northeast Iowa RC&D are working with partners across the state to develop the first 15 large public art pieces in Iowa Scenic Byway communities.  Design concepts will be imagined and developed by local community leaders, residents, and youth. These...

Northeast Iowa RC&D is working with partners from across the state to assist in creating, supporting and sustaining an effort to unite the vast array of cultural assets in multi-county regions of Iowa during 2016 and 2017. A state-wide planning consortium of Iowa’s RC&D’s, the...

Northeast Iowa RC&D was awarded an Iowa Community Cultural Grant to photograph and feature northeast Iowa's historic, cultural and art attractions on the new www.visitiowa.org website. This website is hosted by the Northeast Iowa Tourism Association and provides travelers with rich information on what to...