CULTURAL DIVISION, CITY OF CEDAR FALLS RECEIVES GRANT FROM
13 July 2011: The Cultural Division, City of Cedar Falls has received a 2011 grant award from the Black Hawk County Gaming Association for the project "Securing a Community Treasure." The project, funded, in part, by a grant from the BHCGA will enable the James & Meryl Hearst Center for the Arts to update a portion of its monitoring systems with digital equipment. Anticipating its expansion slated for 2013-14, the Hearst Center looks to enhance the museum experience for its visitors and staff through state-of-the-art technologies. The Black Hawk County Gaming Association grant award, in the amount of $6,639, will be supplemented by $2,213 from the Cultural Division’s Capital Repair and Improvement Fund to support the project.
We are grateful for the support from the Black Hawk County Gaming Association that allows important upgrades to the Hearst Center’s essential security systems. These will help to ensure safe and secure environments for visitors, staff, and program participants. Operating the updated equipment will conserve energy and, as a result, operating costs will also be reduced.
-Mary Huber, Cultural Division Manager, City of Cedar Falls
The Hearst Center for the Arts wishes to extend its sincere thanks to the Black Hawk County Gaming Association for their ongoing commitment to making a positive impact on the lives of residents of the Cedar Valley. "Securing a Community Treasure" will ensure that Hearst Center visitors and staff will enjoy the benefits of a museum replete with green technology for years to come.
-Vicki Simpson, Development Coordinator, Hearst Center for the Arts
The Hearst Center is a public institution committed to enhancing the cultural prosperity of the community through high quality programs that encourage engagement in and appreciation of the humanities and creative arts by all age groups. The Center features Midwestern artists and scholars in its exhibitions and educational activities. Its permanent collection focuses on the art of illustration with a special emphasis on children’s book art.
-Cedar Falls Art and Culture Board, 2001
Farmer-poet James Hearst bequeathed his home to the City of Cedar Falls in 1983 and asked that it be used as an arts center for the community. In 1986, as a result of this gift, the Cedar Falls Art & Culture Board was established by the City of Cedar Falls to oversee the operation of the City's Cultural Division, which includes the James & Meryl Hearst Center for the Arts. The Art & Culture Board raised funds and in 1988-1989, the poet’s home was reconstructed into what is now the community’s own 12,000 square-foot arts center, complete with two galleries, three classrooms, a sculpture garden, two meeting rooms, and a performing arts facility. More than 1,093,166 visitors have walked through the doors of the Hearst Center for the Arts since they were opened on May 13, 1989.
James & Meryl Hearst Center for the Arts, 304 West Seerley Blvd., Cedar Falls, IA 50613 www.hearstartscenter.com
Contact: Vicki Simpson, Hearst Center Development Coordinator (319) 268-5501 email@example.com