Culture

Sculpture Park Plans Revealed: A Fix for 6 and 146 – Grinnell College and Hood Design Studio Reveal Crossroad Jewels

A Fix for 6 and 146:  Grinnell College and Hood Design Studio Reveal Sculpture Park Plans, Crossroad Jewels By Michel McAllister Once upon a time, a piece of sculpture was something to be viewed.  The closest to interacting with it—unless one was a pigeon—was reading a plaque, perhaps, and sitting on a park bench nearby to contemplate the piece. But, …

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LOCAL ARTIST MARKET HELD AT STEW ART STUDIOS July 7 & 8

LOCAL ARTIST MARKET HELD AT STEW ART STUDIOS On July 7 and 8, Stew Art Studios (“the Stew”) will host a Local Artist Market. The market will feature boutique, handmade goods from local and regional artists, including paintings, hand-knitted items, pottery, and modern quilts. The Arts Council, with event-organizer Lee Smith, will oversee the summer market. Smith, a community volunteer, …

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Music, Music, Music!

Music, Music, Music! By Michael McAllister “Summer’s here and the time is right for dancin’ in the street.”  So sang Martha and the Vandellas in 1964 in one of Motown’s superlative songs. The calendar may quibble with the idea that this year’s summer is here, but the time was right for dancin’ in the street Friday night, June 2, in …

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Grinnells’s Farmers Market Signals a Sweet and Savory Summer

Grinnells’s Farmers Market Signals a Sweet and Savory Summer By Michael McAllister The month of May is all the merrier now that Grinnell’s Farmers Market has blossomed at Fourth Avenue and Broad Street.  Thursday, May 11, was opening day. Friendly faces, garden-fresh produce, home-baked goodies, and a few surprises (corn cob sachets, for example)—these are just a few of the …

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United Church of Christ Celebrates Inclusion in Action

United Church of Christ Celebrates Inclusion in Action By Michael McAllister A marker near the southwest corner of the churchyard of Grinnell’s United Church of Christ at Fourth Avenue and Broad Street designates the site of Grinnell’s first church. Seven steps to the south and 163 years later, a new sign continues the church’s tradition with a vibrant invitation to …

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The Debut of “The Stew”

The Debut of “The Stew” By Michael McAllister The wet weather did not cooperate with the opening party at Grinnell’s Stew Art Studios, 927 Broad Street, Friday evening, April 28, but inside the newly revamped building spirits were not dampened in the least. Stew Art Studios—nicknamed “The Stew”—is an innovative downtown enterprise designed to provide space, materials, equipment, and support …

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927 Calls for Questions, Comments, Support

927 Calls for Questions, Comments, Support By Michael McAllister “To improve the social, cultural, and economic vitality of the downtown”—such was the aim of a task force set in motion late last year by Mayor Canfield.  Following a series of meetings, community representatives, interested parties, and just plain people drafted a set of basic considerations relating to those broad aims. …

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Veteran Memorial Building Proposal: Art, Vet Alliance

Veteran Memorial Building Proposal:  Art, Vet Alliance by Michael McAllister Can Grinnell become the site of the only artist residency program designed for military veterans in the United States? Can such a project be a way of revitalizing and sustaining the city’s Veteran Memorial Building? According to Tom Lacina, pictured above, the answers are yes. And he is a man …

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Wanted: Seven taskforce coordinators for part-time AmeriCorps positions

Wanted: Seven taskforce coordinators for part-time AmeriCorps positions Coordinators will work with volunteer groups supporting community education projects GRINNELL, Iowa — The Grinnell AmeriCorps Partnership is seeking individuals who love community and education to serve in seven part-time, short-term taskforce coordinator positions. Applications will be accepted through Monday, Jan. 9, 2017. “Building on the momentum of the successful projects initiated …

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Hunger Awareness Groups Pack Meals, Have Impact

Hunger Awareness Groups Pack Meals, Have Impact   Local. Domestic. International. Hunger and food insecurity needs at each of these levels receive assistance and gain awareness from two partner organizations of the Greater Poweshiek Community Foundation (GPCF).   Local impact   At the local level, Tiger Packs helps to combat hunger in the Grinnell-Newburg School District by providing eligible K-8 …

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Discussions underway to bring University of Iowa classes to Grinnell

Discussions underway to bring University of Iowa classes to Grinnell If enrollment goals are met, classes could start as soon as January 2017 GRINNELL, Iowa – A group of local institutions is working closely with the University of Iowa, community leaders and employers to bring University of Iowa classes to Grinnell. The classes will be held at the Iowa Valley …

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Bucket Course Offers Insight to “Disability and Being Human”

Disability is a condition most of us experience from time to time or permanently, but it is also a label we use to distinguish between abled and disabled people.  In a bucket course Disability and Being Human, Jean Ketter, Professor of Education at Grinnell College, will challenge the society’s understanding of disability by exploring the history, theories, and historical context …

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Grinnell Skatepark Fund Receives Grant From Tony Hawk

Grinnell Skatepark Fund Receives Grant From Tony Hawk Tony Hawk has been the biggest name in professional skateboarding since he the late 1980s. Now, The Tony Hawk Foundation helps communities across the country build free, public skateparks. Grinnell is one of the latest recipients of Hawk’s generosity- a $5000 donation to help revitalize the Bailey Park skate area. Imagine Grinnell …

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Grinnell College to show HD broadcast of 10 Met Operas during the 2016-17 year

Grinnell College to show HD broadcast of 10 Met Operas during the 2016-17 year First opera to be shown is Wagner’s ‘Tristan und Isolde,’ on Saturday, Oct. 8, at Harris Center This academic year, Grinnell College will stream ten Metropolitan operas as part of the “Metropolitan Opera Live in HD” movie theater transmissions program. The first in the series, Wagner’s …

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Big GIVE Month Starts Oct. 1

Big GIVE Month Starts Oct. 1 GPCF annual fundraiser motivated by art and matching challenges at Oct. 8 auction   The Greater Poweshiek Community Foundation’s annual Big GIVE fundraising campaign, Oct. 1-31, will take an artful twist this year with matching challenges and an Oct. 8 kickoff and recognition event focused on “The Art of Growing Community.” Last year, donors …

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Print Still a Priority for College, Community

Print Still a Priority for College, Community By Michael McAllister The Zone of Confluence bubbled a bit this past July 5 when the Grinnell College Bookstore combined with the Pioneer Bookshop at what had been Gosselink’s Hallmark Store at 933 Main Street.  Friday, September 16, that merger was marked with a grand opening celebration.   Over forty people were present …

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Traveling exhibition of works by Alexander Archipenko opens Sept. 30 at Faulconer Gallery

Traveling exhibition of works by Alexander Archipenko opens Sept. 30 at Faulconer Gallery Retrospective exhibition at Grinnell College includes more than 60 works by the cubist sculptor    GRINNELL, Iowa – The Faulconer Gallery at Grinnell College will open the 2016-17 academic year with “Archipenko: A Modern Legacy,”a major traveling retrospective of more than 60 sculptures, mixed media reliefs and works on paper …

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New paintings by Belle Plaine native John Schlue, opens at Stewart Gallery

EatChewLive, new paintings by Belle Plaine native John Schlue, opens at Stewart Gallery   On Thursday, September 8, the Grinnell Area Arts Council opens a new exhibition of the stunning geometric paintings of John Schlue. Schlue, now working in Los Angeles, creates his colorful canvases from oil paint and acrylic felt. Schlue grew up in Belle Plaine, IA and attended …

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Blues Minus Booze

Blues Minus Booze “I done throwed away that old gin bottle.”  –Lightnin’ Hopkins, “Gin Bottle Blues”   Bob Dorr and the Blue Band, a music endeavor in its 35th year, rocked Grinnell’s Ahrens Park Thursday evening, August 18, in the penultimate offering of 2016’s Music in the Park series.  The ensemble laid down a compelling mix of blues—of course—and classic …

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2016 “Leave It Better Than You Found It” Award to Grinnell Education Partnership

The Grinnell Education Partnership, a collaboration of area institutions, employers and individuals committed to educational success, is the 2016 recipient of the “Leave It Better ThanYou Found It” award from the Claude W. and Dolly Ahrens Foundation (CDAF). The “Leave It Better ThanYou Found It” award commemorates the August birthday of the late benefactor Claude W. Ahrens. In a 1993 …

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Despite Central Park renovation, Farmers Market holds steady

  by Michael McAllister, Our Grinnell contributor Grinnell’s summer of 2016 may become known as The Summer Without the Park, but the farmers market, according to six vendors, is in general yielding a strong crop of customers. As in the past, the market borders Central Park on its northwest corner, taking in sections of Broad Street on the west and …

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Contrasting sculpture exhibitions open July 1 at Faulconer Gallery in Grinnell

Featured artists are Anders Krisár of Sweden, Tim Berg and Rebekah Myers of California  Grinnell College’s Faulconer Gallery reopens Friday, July 1, with a pair of contrasting sculpture exhibitions, each drawn, in its own way, from life. Both exhibitions are free and open to the public. “Anders Krisár” features a Swedish artist who first exhibited his work as a photographer in …

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2016 Faulconer Gallery Summer Outreach Programs

2016 Faulconer Gallery Summer Outreach Programs All programs at the Faulconer Gallery are provided free of charge, no registration necessary.  Grinnell College does not assume responsibility for the care and safety of children who attend these events. The College makes this program open to the public with the understanding that for children who attend, a parent, legal guardian, or other …

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GPCF Founder’s Day Celebrates Leadership, Vision and Generosity

  GPCF Founder’s Day Celebrates Leadership, Vision and Generosity The Greater Poweshiek Community Foundation (GPCF) celebrated its second annual Founder’s Day on June 2, the birthday of GPCF founder Tom Marshall who passed away in 2015. Marshall, who started the community foundation in 1989, was remembered for his “leadership, vision and generous spirit” in building GPCF to its current strength …

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CSS Reaches 10th Anniversary of Serving Those Who Serve Others

May 31, 2016 CSS Reaches 10th Anniversary of Serving Those Who Serve Others The Community Support Services (CSS) program of the Claude W. and Dolly Ahrens Foundation (CDAF) has reached its 10-year anniversary, and according to CDAF President and CEO Julie Gosselink, the program has “exceeded all expectations.” CSS has also become a model for other foundations, and in 2010, …

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Toaster kicks off Friday Fest series June 3

Toaster kicks off Friday Fest series June 3   GRINNELL, Iowa– Toaster, a rock and roll cover band, will perform a free concert at Friday Fest on Friday, June 3, in downtown Grinnell.   Toaster will perform on stage from 7 to 10 p.m.  Toaster is a cover band that performs covers of songs from a wide range of artists …

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Grinnell College announces Summerfest will take place June 11

Grinnell College announces Summerfest will take place June 11 Free celebration offers performances, workshops, family-friendly activities   GRINNELL, Iowa – Grinnell College’s Summerfest on Saturday, June 11, offers a daylong celebration of learning, discovery and entertainment for curious minds of all ages, topped by an evening performance by Chicago’s Aloft Circus Arts.   Summerfest, which is free and open to …

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Grinnell Mutual Group Foundation Makes Matching Gift Pledge to the Hammond Center for Assisted Living Building Campaign

Grinnell Mutual Group Foundation Makes Matching Gift Pledge to the                       Hammond Center for Assisted Living Building Campaign     (Grinnell, IA – May 16, 2016)  Grinnell Mutual Group Foundation recently made a $25,000 5-year pledge to the St. Francis Manor Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, to construct the Hammond Center for Assisted Living community on the St. Francis Manor campus. …

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Local organizations eligible for Grinnell United Way grants

Grinnell United Way invites local organizations that serve Grinnell residents to apply to receive funding. “Grinnell United Way advances the common good in Grinnell through our partner agencies, supported by our generous donors,” said board president Rachael Kinnick. “Together, we use the key building blocks of education, income, and health to improve these people’s lives by dealing with the underlying …

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Bollywood Ball Supports CultureALL’S Work in Schools

CultureALL’s Bollywood Ball on April 16 features the vibrant East-West fusion dance style of India’s globally acclaimed movie industry. Taking place in the beautiful World Food Prize Hall of Laureates, this fun-filled celebration brings together people of all cultures in Central Iowa. Guests will enjoy live classical sitar performances, an enchanting Indian market, the art of traditional mehndi hand adornment, …

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