ICON Gallery, T.R.E.A.T. honored with Cultural Contribution Awards
The Fairfield Cultural Alliance held its third Annual Networking Gala and Award Ceremony Nov. 13 at ICON Gallery for cultural organization representatives, civic leaders, artists and those interested in the community to share experiences and lay groundwork for the future.
James Moore of KRUU spoke about an upcoming Culture Fest in June that will feature multiple venues and local and national talent, including music, inspirational and educational speakers, a variety of food and creative films. The plan calls for the festival to funded by sponsors and be free to the public. People who would like to help may contact KRUU for more information.
Derek Anderson, director of Two Roads Educational Arts and Theater, updated the gathering on the progress of this nonprofit young children’s theater company. The group has performed several productions including “Pinkalicious,” “Frog and Toad” and Goodnight Moon” in both its Broadway Building theater venue and the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center’s Stephen Sondheim Center for the Performing Arts in 2012.
Mayor Ed Malloy encouraged arts and community lovers to work with the Fairfield Cultural Alliance to foster their goals of supporting arts and culture in Fairfield’s Cultural District. He also spoke about a grant that may be coming available for building owners on the square to upgrade and beautify their facades, enhancing their historic aspects.
Regine Constant, dancer and dance instructor, entertained with a Middle Eastern dance to represent the artists of the community.
Denyce Rusch, president of the Fairfield Cultural Alliance, also reported on her and Jeffrey Fitz-Randolph’s attendance at the 2012 Iowa Downtown Summit in Keokuk in August. They gathered information there on ways to make Iowa downtowns grow and prosper. She encouraged interested developers and retail business owners to contact her via email at firstname.lastname@example.org to get more information on the trends for the future and tips for success from the various speakers at the conference.
The highlight of the evening came when Rusch presented two Cultural Contribution Awards, explaining that balloting had ended in a tie. One award went to T.R.E.A.T. in appreciation of its work providing and promoting family theater in Fairfield.
The second award was presented to Bill Teeple, artistic director of the ICON Gallery. The award honored him for his many years providing art education and valuable resources to artists and art lovers of the Fairfield community.
Rusch pointed out the Fairfield community is so rich in art and culture it is difficult to narrow down to one or two recipients per year, and she hoped throughout the years all of the worthy organizations and individuals can be honored and celebrated by Cultural Contribution Awards.
The Fairfield Cultural Alliance is a group responsible for the Fairfield Cultural District designation from the state of Iowa.
The Fairfield Cultural Alliance publishes a Fairfield Walking Tour booklet and administers the Cultural Trust Fund.
Its board presented the evening to the community and encourages all those interested to join the Fairfield Cultural Alliance, meeting regularly throughout the year, and take part in projects supporting and giving recognition to the arts and culture of the community. For details, contact Rusch at 472-3866 or email email@example.com.