Art Dedication

By: News Release
Nov 22nd, 2019

The “Hometown to the World” public art installation by Steve and Peggy Kittelson of Clermont, Iowa will be dedicated on Wednesday, December 11, 2019 at 10:00am at the Northeast Iowa RC&D – 101 E Greene St. Postville, IA. The program will last approximately 20 minutes and feature remarks from Northeast Iowa RC&D director, Paul Berland, Northeast Iowa RC&D project lead, Mallory Hanson, and representatives of the Driftless Area Scenic Byway Board.
The art installation features a mosaic globe surrounded by teleidoscopes to create kaleidoscopic images for each viewer. This piece represents the diversity of Postville and the beauty of all cultures and religions. Changing the view of situations or objects can be positive, beautiful, and transformational!
This project is a part of the statewide Byways of Iowa Public Art Initiative, made possible through a National Endowment for the Arts grant secured by the Northeast Iowa RC&D in partnership with the Byways of Iowa Foundation. This piece is one of 16 public art installations across Iowa in scenic byway corridor communities.
The Byways of Iowa Public Art Initiative began in 2014 with an interest from Byway stakeholders across the state of Iowa to expand opportunities to experience authentic local art, culture, history, music, and food. To work to expand local art experiences and opportunities in byway corridors, Northeast Iowa Resource Conservation & Development (RC&D) applied for funding from the National Endowment for the Arts: Our Town program to support development of 16 public art installations in Iowa. This application was supported by a matching funds commitment from the Byways of Iowa Foundation to raise up to $5,000 in matching funds for each project. The grant was received in 2015 and since then, byway coordinators throughout the state have been planning, fundraising, and supporting installation of public art pieces in 15 rural Iowa communities.
The art concepts for each of the 16 installations were developed through a creative and engaging process involving stakeholders within each community such as city officials, community members, scenic byway board members, and local art organizations. This planning process was led by a local project coordinating entity for each community and encouraged creative place-making by choosing artistic themes that would feature the distinct character and quality of each community. Local planning entities for each project were Resource Conservation & Development organizations, local chambers of commerce, and local museums of art. Each community posted an open call for artists for each of their projects, and through partnership with their local project coordinating entity, hired Iowa-based artists to develop, fabricate, and install their unique public art pieces in their downtown districts.
Together, the 16 art pieces throughout Iowa create a body of art that epitomizes the culture and character of 15 small Iowa communities along Iowa’s scenic byways. Byway coordinators throughout the state will market these pieces as a whole to encourage visitors to travel to these 15 rural Iowa towns to see the art in person and in turn, boost economic development for those communities.
Over $250,000 has been raised through the support of over 100 private, local, state, and federal contributors for this project, all of which went into local coordination by 6 coordinating entities, design and fabrication by 11 Iowa artists, and installation in 15 communities.
Postville’s project could not have come to fruition without generous contributions, grants, and support from the following contributors: Byways of Iowa Foundation, Casey’s General Stores, City of Postville, Driftless Area Scenic Byway, Fidelity Bank (Postville), Freedom Bank (Postville), Friest and Associates Realtors, Hall Roberts’ Son, Inc., Iowa Arts Council (Iowa Dept. of Cultural Affairs), Iowa Byways™, National Endowment for the Arts, Norplex-Micarta, Northeast Iowa Arts Funding Council, Northeast Iowa Funders Network, Northeast Iowa RC&D, Upper Mississippi Gaming Corporation, and the many people who volunteered their time to make this project a reality.
 “We are excited to have all of these public art pieces installed across the state to not only feature the unique character of the communities they are in, but also to draw visitors from across the country to travel Iowa’s Byways to experience art in our small rural Iowa communities!” said Mallory Hanson, Northeast Iowa RC&D Regional Tourism & Economic Development Coordinator.
For more information about the project, visit www.bywaysofiowa.org or contact Project Coordinator, Mallory Hanson (Northeast Iowa RC&D) at 563-864-7112 or mallory@northeastiowarcd.org.




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