The first two public art projects to be awarded matching funds from the City’s new Matching Grant Project have been announced by the Iowa City Public Art Advisory Committee (PAAC). The Matching Grant Project, first announced last fall, provides matching funds of up to $2,000 for local visual, audio, or performance-based art projects. Artists submit proposals, and members of the PAAC make final award selections.

The first projects to earn the awards are “Space Jam” by Breanne Trammell, and “Community Book Makers Project” by the Local Homelessness Coordination Board, with Yeshe Tsomo serving as Project Manager.

Trammell’s project will receive $1,420 in funding. Designed as an interactive and multidisciplinary exhibit, Space Jam will serve as the visual arts program for the Mission Creek Festival, offering a family portrait studio, reading room / lounge, and visual projects that are free and open to the public. It will operate from April 5-10 on the second floor above the Deadwood on Dubuque Street in Downtown Iowa City.

The Community Book Makers Project will help people who are experiencing homelessness to create handmade books that will tell their stories about their lives or their interests. Local artists and writers will work with participants to help make the books, which will be shared with the larger community via public and business venues, including craft fairs, exhibitions, farmer’s markets, and the Iowa City Public Library. This project may be awarded up to $750, if additional matching funds can be located.

The deadline for proposals for the next round of Matching Grant Project funding is Friday, April 22, 2016. Proposals must be for projects that will be publicly accessible and viewable within the city limits. The application and call to artists, which includes additional information on selection criteria, submission requirements, eligible expenses and other conditions for the program, are available at Proposals should be sent to Marcia Bollinger with the City’s Neighborhood and Development Services Department at

For more information, contact Marcia Bollinger at 319-356-5237 or

Date of publication

Tuesday, March 01, 2016