Artists and  organizations or schools partnering with artists are invited to apply for Arts Dollar$. Arts Dollar$ grants help fund art projects and programs that emphasize community involvement. All art forms are eligible.

Application & Deadlines

Deadline for applications: Closed for 2014; next deadline January 31, 2015
See sample guidelines and application.

Funding for Arts Dollar$ is provided by The Hubbell-Waterman Foundation; Illinois Arts Council, a state agency; Deere & Company; Doris and Victor Day Foundation. Quad City Arts recognizes The Hubbell-Waterman Foundation for their contribution, which supports dramatic expansion of the Arts Dollar$ program in 2014.
If you have any questions contact Jessi Black at (309) 793-1213 x 103 or jblack@quadcityarts.com.

2014 Award Recipients

Since 1979, Quad City Arts’ Arts Dollar$ grant program has provided funding for local artists and non-profit organizations to enrich the quality of life in the Quad City region through the presentation, development, and celebration of the arts. Quad City Arts is pleased to announce grants of more than $93,000 to 32 outstanding individuals and organizations.

artsBASICS, Diane Franken, Theater Arts Integration Strategies in the Classroom
A theatre artist presents three K-5 teacher workshops in two schools including strategies such as basic games and exercises, story-telling/playwrighting and performance along with integration into other content areas to infuse into teacher lessons.

Ballet Quad Cities, Joedy Cook, DREAMS Achieved Through Dance
Dedication Responsibility Education Ability Memory Self-Confidence: a movement based program that reinforces essential life skills. Professional dancers will instruct third grade students at The Academy weekly throughout the school year.

Bishop Hill Arts Council, Martha Downey, Midsommar Music Festival, Jordbruksdagarna, Lucia Nights
This grant will support music artists performing during Bishop Hill's Midsommar Music Festival, Jordbruksdagarna, and Lucia Nights.

Black Hawk Area Education Center (BHAEC), Sheila Puls, Special Education Art and Music
Art and music allow our students to experience the joys of art and music through various kinds of art forms. We feel students will improve listening, self-expression, self-esteem, focus, pride and socialization by adding the arts to their day.

Dorian Byrd, Dance/Music/Art: Community Arts Integration
A dancer/choreographer and a music artist present visual arts interpretation to increase teachers’ and other community adults’ knowledge of using arts integration with an African American Art exhibit as the focus for deeper understanding.

Center for Active Seniors, Inc., Laura Kopp, Memories in Art
QC Arts funds will be used to provide an arts curriculum for clients currently enrolled in Jane's Place. Jane's Place is an Adult Day Program geared towards serving individuals with dementia and early Alzheimer's.

Jeff Coussens, 15th Annual Quad City Playwrights' Festival
Several scripts will be selected from original submissions by community and student playwrights from the Quad-Cities. Winning entries will be performed as staged readings for a public audience for free.

East Moline Park Board, Wendy Hilton-Morrow, East Moline Music in the Park
The East Moline Park Board, in conjunction with the non-profit organization East Moline Music in the Park, Inc., is planning its twelfth annual summer concert series featuring six local bands. All concerts are free and open to the public.

Eulenspiegel Puppet Theatre, Monica Leo, Neighborhood Puppet Tour
Eulenspiegel Puppet Theatre will expand last summer's highly successful “Neighborhood Tour” including a puppet show and workshops available at minimal or no cost to youth groups and groups in low income neighborhoods.

Figge Art Museum, Tim Schiffer, Artists First: College Faculty Exhibition
The Figge will present a juried exhibition of artworks by current studio art faculty at its partner colleges and universities in the Quad Cities region. Programs will include gallery talks, a panel discussion, artist presentations and a catalog.

Friendly House, Erika Lindebraekke, Friendly House After School Art Club
With the help of a local artist, Friendly House will implement an Art Club to provide art education in the K-5 after school program. Part of the art education will also be introducing the participants to local art through field trips to area museums.

German American Heritage Center, Kelly Lao, Kaleidoscopia!
Busch, a German immigrant, made kaleidoscopes popular. We will create an exhibit about him & display large k-scopes by Tom Chouteau. He will have a studio, in exhibit, to design a new k-scope. We'll offer k-scope workshops to seniors & at-risk youth.

Meghan Hollister, Mural for Riverdale Outdoor Learning Center
A nature themed mural for Riverdale School District, which currently lacks any arts programming, to provide a permanently enhanced educational experience that successfully combines design, science, and sustainability within their regular studies.

Living Proof Exhibit, Pamela Crouch, Living Proof Art Therapy
Living Proof Exhibit provides the therapeutic benefits of art through classes for cancer patients and survivors at Gilda's Club. This project will be presented during different wellness sessions in order to reach a wider range of survivors.

Love GIRLS Magazine, Teresa Babers, Love GIRLS Magazine Theater Production
Lessons in Love will be created by selecting scenes from theatrical productions that feature female characters. The Quad Cities Love GIRLS Magazine team has selected The Diary of Anne Frank, The Color Purple and Mulan for the 2014 production.

Metropolitan Community Church of the Quad Cities, Jennifer Robb, Elements of Diversity: Faux Stain Glass Mural
Students will create a faux stain glass mural. The students will gain knowledge in the areas of interview skills, research, design of a commissioned mural, develop artistic skills and transfer ideas into a large scale piece of work.

Midwest Writing Center, Ryan Collins, 9th Annual Young Emerging Writers Internship
Engaging Quad City high school students in the literary arts through the Midwest Writing Center’s six-week internship program through writing exercises, reviewing published works, and lessons in constructive critiquing.

Moline Public Library, Christina Conklin, Dance: A Cultural Celebration
The Moline Public Library will host Dance: A Cultural Celebration during October 2014 for our community. This celebration will provide six dance groups and seven programs featuring diverse cultures.

Debra Morgan, Quilted Stories
Quilted Stories will teach at-risk poverty stricken youths in the Quad Cities how to embrace and celebrate their cultural differences by creating quilts to tell their stories.

New Ground Theatre, Chris Jansen, 2014 Playwrights Festival
This will be our 4th annual festival of locally written plays.

Nova Singers, Laurie Skjerseth, Supporting Quad Cities Area Ensemble Members
Nova Singers will perform 4 concerts in the Quad Cities in 2014-15.

Prenzie Players, Jake Walker, Doctor Faustus
The Prenzie Players will be mounting a production of Christopher Marlowe's Doctor Faustus this July. This rarely performed, culturally significant work will utilize the talents of over twenty community members from both sides of the river.

QC United, Kim Riley-Quinn, Pete's Awesome CommUNITY Pary
Pete’s Awesome CommUNITY Party occurs during National Bullying Awareness Month, bringing QC children and families together through the Arts for a special celebration honoring all the positive efforts taking place to encourage kindness and caring.

Tammy Reed, Fun with Drums
Fun with drums will be a series of events to teach about the benefits of drum circles as it relates to health. The drum circles will feature "talk time", and stories, all while drumming in a community circle. There will be instructions on drumming.

River Music Experience, Ellis Kell, RME 10th Anniversary Celebration
This project showcases RME's evolution as a performing arts center over 10 years, through live music performances & educational programs, and will utilize a variety of local, regional & national performing artists, as well as local youth performers.

Rivermont Collegiate, Rodney Ossowski, Summer Art Camp for Low Income Children
Quad City area children grades 1-8 from low income families will attend Rivermont Collegiate Summer Art Camp, June 30 - August 1, 2014.

Robert R. Jones Public Library, Jeff Stafford, Technology Mural
This project will bring artists and local at-risk youth together to provide a creative, educational opportunity, while fostering teamwork and pride in the community to assist in the development of a mural for the library’s technology hub.

Philip Seward, Rhythm and Rhymes
This project includes lecture demonstrations that stress empowerment and diversity through African drumming and the relationship it has on modern culture through music featuring a guest poet to help illustrate the fusion of the two art forms.

Dominic Velando, 2014-15 Artist Residency
Artist Dominic Velando will use funding to attend an artist residency program, seek career consultation, as well as general professional development.

Village in Bloom Festival of the Arts, Donna Young, Village in Bloom Festival of the Arts
Village in Bloom: A Festival of the Arts is a free one-day annual event that offers art experiences to QC youth and families. These experiences include live music, puppet and story-telling performances and hands-on art experiences.

Bruce Walters, Red Hot Jazz series
Artist Bruce Walters will create scenes to capture the exuberance of the Roaring ‘20s with a jazz band playing at the Col Ballroom on Halloween, 1920. The result will be a series of large artworks for gallery and online exhibitions, concept art for film, and a website.

WIU Foundation on behalf of WQPT Quad Cities PBS, Mary Pruess, The Making of A Green River
The Making of A Green River follows the creative journey of playwright Aaron Randolph III, his cast, and professionals to create a theatrical performance that inspires a dialogue on the topic of post-traumatic stress disorder.


For information about Arts Dollar$, contact our Community Arts Director, Jessi Black at jblack@quadcityarts.com or 309-793-1213 x103.