The Davis County Fine Arts Council recently received an Iowa Arts & Culture Recovery Program grant for $5,000 from the Iowa Arts Council, which is a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs.

The grant was part of $7 million in federal aid allotted to the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs for the purpose of providing economic relief to Iowa’s arts and culture industry. Funds were awarded to nonprofit cultural organizations to cover revenues lost and additional expenses incurred due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Davis County Fine Arts Council qualified for the grant since it is a nonprofit organization that has had to postpone activities that generate revenue needed to support the maintenance of their facilities — the Iowa Theatre, Kay Burchette Cultural Center, and the theatre’s dressing room.

“The funds received will go towards paying the utilities, insurance, and other continuing expenses of being an ongoing business,” said Gail Van Mersbergen, treasurer of the local Arts Council. “The Davis County Fine Arts Council’s activities of visual art, theatre and choral productions provide a positive impact on the artistic and cultural vitality of our small rural community.”

Funding for the Iowa Arts & Culture Recovery Program grant was made possible by the Iowa Arts & Culture Emergency Relief fund. The program was made possible through the efforts of Gov. Kim Reynolds and Lt. Governor Adam Gregg.