Clear Lake Arts Center

Clear Lake Arts Center Executive Director Paula Hanus in one of the art center's galleries.

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CLEAR LAKE — The Clear Lake Arts Center received a boost last week as one of 16 artists and organizations to receive a portion of the $111,367 awarded in Art Project grants from the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs.

The grants create vitality in the arts and support job creation, arts learning and rural arts access, and are funded through the Iowa Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts. The Iowa Arts Council is a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs.

“We are committed to investing in organizations and projects that cultivate creativity, foster economic growth and enhance the cultural identity of local communities across the state,” Iowa Arts Council Administrator Matt Harris said. “I congratulate our grantees and encourage Iowans to participate in and support the arts in Iowa."

The Clear Lake Arts Center was awarded $1,147 for a Garner Summer Arts Program that will take place in June 2017. The program stems from an idea that Renae Quandt, arts center gift shop manager, had after seeing the success of the center’s youth arts programs.

Quandt, a life-long resident of Garner, wondered why a similar program couldn't be offered in Garner.

"Maybe it’s a condensed version, a week-long summer program, something like Bible Camp," Quandt wondered.

“We are so thrilled about this grant and excited for Renae,” said Paula Hanus, executive director of the Clear Lake Arts Center. "Renae came up with the concept, did the research, figured out the strategy for implementation, made the necessary networking connections and wrote the grant totally herself. In my opinion, this is what a community arts center is all about and certainly helps us fulfill our vision.”

The center is located at 17 S. Fourth St. in downtown Clear Lake. For more information, go to www.clartscenter.com.

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