A New Cultural Center in downtown Columbia, which will hub the new Toby’s Dinner Theatre and 87 affordable housing units, has finalized funding after more than a decade. “We have worked for many years to get to this point and create a first-class art and culture center for Howard County that will spur people’s love of art and theater and will be accessible to all residents,” said Howard County Executive Calvin Ball. “The contributions that organizations like Columbia Center for the Theatrical Arts, Toby’s Dinner Theatre, and Recreation and Parks have historically made to all residents of our community will continue in the new center. Additionally, it will be a vital component of the Downtown Columbia Plan and an important element in expanding affordable housing in the area.”The NCC will be the first of five low-income housing tax credit developments, which is a critical component of the Downtown Columbia affordable … Read More
Pop culture has been bifurcated for years now, broken down into subsets of fandoms and communities with a decreasing number of films, television series and music piercing through to connect on a monocultural level. But this year felt like it put everyone on the most equal footing we’ve been on in maybe decades. All of us, writers, entertainers, celebrities alike, have been stuck inside with little else to do but consume pop culture, old and new. It feels like the whole country decided to watch or rewatch The Sopranos at the same time, we texted furiously about the genius of Michaela Coel’s I May Destroy You and we were grateful to Cardi and Meg for “WAP” just as much as we quietly wished they held onto it until we could congregate in dark rooms with loud music without worrying about superspreading again.
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As Iowans adapt to a challenging new school year, they have more tools than ever to learn about art, history, film and culture.
The Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs has unveiled an array of free online resources at iowaculture.gov/education-resources for students and lifelong learners — for in-class and at-home education, extracurricular fun and professional development. The department also announced a new Virtual Arts Experience Grant to help schools and arts organizations provide online arts activities for K-12 students whose exposure to the arts may be limited.
“This school year presents new challenges but also extraordinary opportunities to stretch beyond the traditional boundaries of the classroom or school auditorium,” Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs Director Chris Kramer said. “These new online resources can help all Iowans by being connected to useful content and inspiring virtual experiences, whether they’re in school, at home or the creative workforce.”
The department has been