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Top 10 Arts Rank No Accident

November 12, 2018

In case you missed it, the National Center for Arts Research recently ranked Council Bluffs-Omaha in the top 10 of all mid-sized US cities for arts vibrancy. The metro was awarded the number six spot for the overall strength of its arts community. While the report notes that Omaha “is home to an abundance of […]

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Iowa West Foundation Awards $4.4 Million in Grant and Initiative Funding

November 8, 2018

(Council Bluffs, IA) The Iowa West Foundation Board of Directors recently approved $4.4 million in grant and initiative funding to 19 nonprofits and government entities that benefit southwest Iowans. Iowa West Foundation President and CEO Pete Tulipana said the Foundation is dedicated to funding programs and projects that are truly transformational for the city, county […]

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Pottawattamie County Recycling Center Now Open for Business

May 15, 2018

Milk. Water. Coffee. Ketchup. Salad dressing. Cottage cheese. Yogurt. What do all these foods and drinks have in common? They all come in plastic containers – containers that can be recycled. This is evidenced by the number of plastic items that have been dropped off at the new Pottawattamie County recycling center in Oakland since […]

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Sternhill Park Sign Pays Homage to Former Brick Factory

April 27, 2018

“Art in the Park” is an Iowa West Foundation initiative to replace weathered park identification signs at six community parks. The project is being coordinated by the Council Bluffs Parks, Recreation, and Public Property Department with assistance from the City Public Art Commission. These signs, all created by area artists, were developed with public input […]

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New Art App Launches Today

March 20, 2018

Otocast will feature artist voiceovers, videos, and dynamic photography (Council Bluffs, Iowa) Residents and tourists alike seeking to learn more about art in the Council Bluffs community can now do so using an app on their smartphones. Otocast, an audio guide, is available to download for free. Currently, it features artists’ commentary, videos, scenic photography, […]

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Joslyn’s Mentoring Program Sculpting this southwest Iowa Artist

March 15, 2018

It’s a beautiful spring Friday afternoon in March and teenagers across the metro are pouring out of their respective high schools’ front doors. One would assume they’d rather be anywhere else than stuck inside for another minute. Not Kellen Rief of Council Bluffs. The 16-year-old Lewis Central sophomore can’t wait to get back inside, to […]

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Iowa West Foundation Awards $4 Million in Grant and Initiative Funding

March 15, 2018

(Council Bluffs, IA) The Iowa West Foundation Board of Directors recently approved $4 million in grants and initiatives funding to 29 nonprofit organizations and government entities in southwest Iowa and eastern Nebraska. Several of the grantees were the recipients of multi-year funding. Launched in 2016, multi-year funding is designed to provide essential general operating funds […]

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