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Mason City’s MacNider Museum scores annual grant for operational expenses

This news story was published on July 15, 2021.
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MASON CITY – The Charles H. MacNider Museum was awarded a Cultural Leadership Partner Grant which is a 3 year, $15,000 a year grant for operational expenses for Museums in Iowa that server to be anchors and community allies in the Arts.

More than 200 Iowa organizations and individuals working in arts and culture, film and media, and history and historic preservation will receive a boost from $2.3 million in grant awards announced today by the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs.

The grants are funded through the annual appropriations passed by the Iowa Legislature and signed into law by Governor Reynolds, effective July 1, 2021. The state’s investment is enhanced by funding from two federal agencies, the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities, and administered by the department’s three divisions: the Iowa Arts Council, State Historical Society of Iowa and Produce Iowa, the state office of film and media production.

“The annual funding has never been more important than this year’s investment, which will help fuel the resurgence of Iowa’s arts, film, heritage, humanities and creative sectors,” Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs Director Chris Kramer said. “Audiences and visitors are eagerly returning to museums and historic sites, concerts and cultural festivals this summer, even as our industry continues to rebound from substantial financial losses from the pandemic.”

Iowa’s arts, entertainment and recreation industry lost 4,500 jobs between February 2020 and April 2021, according to figures from Iowa Workforce Development. Iowa’s nonprofit arts and culture sector lost nearly $50 million, according to Americans for the Arts.

In a typical year, arts and culture employ more than 43,000 Iowans and account for 2.3 percent of the state’s economy, according to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis.

In this round, the department made 244 grant awards for community initiatives and creative projects across the state, arts and cultural organizations, individual artists and filmmakers and historic preservation efforts in 46 counties and 71 communities.

The department also designated 58 of Iowa’s leading arts and cultural organizations as Cultural Leadership Partners, a competitive process that occurs once every three years. Cultural Leadership Partners receive annual operational support in recognition of their role as community and cultural anchors that maintain high standards of excellence, generate tourism and support high-quality jobs.

“The quality and diversity of art being made and presented across our state is remarkable,” Iowa Arts Council Administrator David Schmitz said. “Even during the pandemic, Iowa artists and arts organizations found new ways to create and connect to Iowans, often in ways that brought them closer to the communities they serve. We’re only beginning to see the results of these strengthened relationships.”

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6 Responses to Mason City’s MacNider Museum scores annual grant for operational expenses

  1. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    July 19, 2021 at 10:01 am

    Shut it down. No one ever goes there. It is nothing but a status symbol for the pretend elite. Give the money to the city to hire more police.

  2. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    July 15, 2021 at 8:43 pm

    How much money does the art museum bring in on its own? Without charity and handouts from mason city govt. and its citizens, the place would fold like a house of cards. It’s another macnider ego trip. Like old people telling stories of their youth, the macniders seek to keep their name alive by buying it. Rather pathetic, but when that’s all they have left, they’re like a maggot, sucking that last drop of rot from a decomposing body.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      July 17, 2021 at 7:40 am

      If you can’t see the benefits of cultural activities and places in any city, you are missing out but it doesn’t surprise me with your negative attitude. We need more bars, right?

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        July 18, 2021 at 7:11 pm

        Cultural activities? Nobody goes there. Check their income statement. They’re a drain on the city budget. You’re as bad as those idiots that want sculptures’ on our streets. Put art museum funding to a city vote, and tell the voters how much the museum costs us as opposed to what it brings in. The macniders dumped an ego trip on us at our own expense. Put it to a vote. I dare you!!!

        • Anonymous Reply Report comment

          July 19, 2021 at 6:16 am

          Just because you would rather spend your days at Homers doesn’t mean everyone is into that type of entertainment. If you want to live somewhere where everything fits into your idea of ‘home’ move into the country and start your own little commune where you determine what is good for your ‘town’. Otherwise, live with it.

          • Anonymous

            July 20, 2021 at 4:43 pm

            I notice you did not address the idea of putting funding for the museum up for a vote. Address the issue that is stated, and remove your mouth from sucking macniders fundamental orifice and look at the reality of the situation.