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Since its inception, the Iowa West Foundation's grant program has awarded more than $300 million to improve the quality of life in our region. These stories highlight some of these grants and show the impact they make on our community.

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Election Key to Progress in CB

In the past, residents have not turned out in large numbers for the city elections. If you enjoy the nice parks, the library, the bike/walking trails, the arts and culture activities and museums, and the swimming pools, we would encourage you to become a…
For more than 20 years, the Iowa West Foundation has worked with the City of Council Bluffs to bring about transformational revitalization projects to our community. One need not…
http://iowawestfoundation.org/blogs/leadership-notes/election-key-progress-cb/

Westwood Park Sign's Long, Low Presence Received Overwhelming Support from Neighbors

After changing locations from a secluded space on the banks of the Missouri River to its current location on 35th Street, Westwood Park has become a place to picnic in the summer. The new, eye-catching signage calls attention to all that Westwood Park has…
Grants at Work “Art in the Park” is an Iowa West Foundation initiative to replace weathered park identification signs at five community parks. The project is being coordinated by…
http://iowawestfoundation.org/blogs/grants-work/westwood-parks-long-low-presence-received-overwhelming-suppo/

Cochran Park Installation Goes Beyond Simple Signage

The new signage is a series of separate panels that spell out "COCHRAN.” Additionally, the aluminum panels fold out at their bases to become benches for sitting and conversing.
Grants at Work “Art in the Park” is an Iowa West Foundation initiative to replace weathered park identification signs at five community parks. The project is being coordinated…
http://iowawestfoundation.org/blogs/grants-work/cochran-park-installation-goes-beyond-simple-signage/

Big Lake Park Sign Marries Art and Nature

In the early 20th century, this spring-fed lake became a popular tourist attraction due to the belief that the springs contained medicinal qualities. People would travel there on Sundays to bathe in the water. Nowadays, residents are still flocking to Big…
Grants at Work “Art in the Park” is an Iowa West Foundation initiative to replace weathered park identification signs at five community parks. The project is being coordinated…
http://iowawestfoundation.org/blogs/grants-work/big-lake-park-sign-marries-art-and-nature/

Kirn Park's New Tile Signs Fit with the Turn of the Century Neighborhood

This secluded park located just east of the corner of Clark and 5th Avenue was once the home for the athletic field of Abraham Lincoln High School, Council Bluffs’ first high school. Named after the principal in the 1930s and 1940s, A.W. Kirn, the hilltop…
Grants at Work “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…
http://iowawestfoundation.org/blogs/grants-work/kirn-parks-new-tile-signs-fit-turn-century-neighborhood/

“The Boy” at Roberts Park: From line drawing to bigger than life

The land on which Roberts Park sits today was gifted to the city of Council Bluffs by the founder and owner of Robert’s Dairy, J. Gordon Roberts in 1955. Less than a mile from the Missouri River on the city’s northwest side, it’s the city park everyone is…
Grants at Work “Art in the Park” is an Iowa West Foundation initiative to replace weathered park identification signs at five community parks. The project is being coordinated…
http://iowawestfoundation.org/blogs/grants-work/boy-roberts-park-line-drawing-bigger-life/

Creating A Sense of Place with Public Art

This month Iowa West Public Art has been featured in Sculpture, an international, monthly magazine dedicated to all forms of contemporary sculpture.
By Pete Tulipana This month Iowa West Public Art has been featured in Sculpture, an international, monthly magazine dedicated to all forms of contemporary sculpture. The…
http://iowawestfoundation.org/blogs/leadership-notes/creating-sense-place-public-art/

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