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River Museum Receives Cultural Leadership Partners Designation from the Iowa Arts Council

The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium is pleased to announce that it has been awarded an annual grant (for the next three years) in the amount of $20,000 as part of the Cultural Leadership Partners (CLP) from the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs. The Cultural Leadership Partners program is a competitive process that occurs once every three years. There were 286 organizations that applied for the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs awards, and only 58 received funding to support operating and programmatic costs throughout the three-year cycle. 

With an educational focus on history, STEM, and conservation, the River Museum is a leading informal learning institution in the region serving 205,000 annual visitors from all 50 states and 70 countries and provides educational outreach to nearly 70,000 nationwide. The River Museum has contributed to the vibrancy of the Port of Dubuque, serves as a key informal learning partner to regional schools, is a critical conservation network partner, and employs 146 persons of all ages and from diverse backgrounds.

“We thank Cultural Leadership Partners for their years of support in believing in our world-class organization and continuing to strengthen the legacy that is the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium,” Erin Dragotto, VP of Development for the National Mississippi river Museum & Aquarium states.

All Cultural Leadership Partners demonstrate an exemplary record of programming, managerial excellence, and community service on a year-round basis to the citizens of Iowa; sound fiscal and managerial practices, and deliberate community outreach and involvement.

Funding for the program is made possible by an annual appropriation from the Iowa Legislature to the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs and by the National Endowment for the Humanities, a federal agency.

The mission of the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium is to inspire stewardship by creating educational experiences where history and rivers come alive. That mission is accomplished through scholarly research, preservation of material culture, and the presentation of contemporary and purposeful educational exhibits, programs, and publications.