BY BRIAN RIGGS
Fort Madison Area Arts Association
FORT MADISON – Fort Madison Area Arts Association shuttered the doors to the public after the finale of Budding Artist Exhibition on February 6th. FMAAA will reopen to the public in March with a traveling exhibition from Fairfield. The internal repairs to the damage caused by leaking roof will be completed along with additional track lighting and new coat of paint for the interior. FMAAA is so thankful to the individual, families, and businesses that donated to “Raise the Roof” efforts in 2020. The organization will turn 40 years old as a 501c3 non-profit this summer, serving the Tri-State region. The new membrane for the exterior roof has a 25-year warranty. FMAAA looks forward to providing the best in cultural arts enrichment programs and events well into the future at 825 Avenue G. There is still time to donate to the FMAAA renovation during the February shutdown. Our local Ft. Madison HyVee submitted FMAAA as the nonprofit to benefit from their annual “Have a Heart” reusable bag campaign. When you purchase the Red Heart reusable bag this month at HyVee, a dollar is donated to the FMAAA renovation project! Have a “Heart for the Arts” this month at Ft. Madison HyVee with a bag purchase!
FMAAA is so pleased with the regional support garnered with the “Raise the Roof” campaign. Thanks to the following donors: Axalta Coating Systems, Dave and Jane Bartlett, Michelle Bentler, David & Becky Biegler, Rebecca Bowker, Patti Boyd, Mike and Mary Brockman, Lyle Brown, Maralyn Burkhart, Climax Molybdenum, Connection Bank and Insurance, May Crowe, Dave’s Marine, Jeff & Beth Deacon, Marvin & Sarah Denning, Vicky Dovenspike, Harold & Connie Dyer, Gene and Sherri Enke, Janice Feany, Mike & Jennifer Flach, Corey and Carrie Fraise, Myrna Folker, Shirley Gabel, George and Mary Ann Gaudette, Fritz Goeckner and Tracy Bell, Linda Gregory, Don and Meredith Griffiths, Gary and Anna Grinstead, Laurie Hayler and Chaz Rippenkroeger, Paul and Donna Hedgepeth, Todd and Sarah Hoffner, Dr. Charles and Marilyn Holmes, Chuck and Karen Ihrig-Gilbert, Lori and Eric Illner Greene, John and Carol Janosik, Jim’s Greenhouse, Helen Johnson, Dr. Pam Kaiser, Tracy Kamp, Larry and Connie Kelch, Kempker’s Tru Value and Rental, Jim Knapp, King- Lynk Funeral Home , Steve & Agnes Koellner, Dr. Paul & Gail Kunch, Jeff and Deborah Kurtz, Tim and Patricia Laffey, Timm and Mary Lamb, Anita Lee, Lee County Bank and Trust, Bill and Bev Link, Julie Long, Linda Marshall, Steve and Kathy McCracken, Meller Excavating, Brian & Kim Mendez, Ann M. Menke, Henry and Kathy Merschman, Carroll and Richard Michalek, Mary Moore, William & Kathleen Napier, Mary Nelson, Joe and Christine Panther, Jim & Betty Posz, Nicholas & Carrie Pothitakis, Potowonok Circle of King’s Daughters, John & Christina Rabo, Dr. Jake and Rosie Rashid, Tony Reyes Family Foundation/PaperPak, James and Dana Rheinschmidt, Warren and Peggy Rickleman, Brian Riggs, Cindy Roberts, Laetitia Rotter, Lillian Rubin, Jane Sanford, Dawn Schnicker, Scotts Miracle-Gro, Seither and Cherry Services, Drs. Larry and Carolyn Smith, Angela Sodey, Lon and Shelly Spurgin, Standard of Beaverdale, Roger Sirois, Bernard and Victoria Stephenson, SubArena, Curt and Ginny Swarm, Chad Ward, Jackie Wells, Mim Van Winkle, Barb Zumdome. These funds were paired by grant awards from Iowa Arts Council and by North Lee County Community Foundation.
This amount in turn was utilized to match the grant garnered by Fort Madison SIRCC for $25000. FMAAA will continue to be “Always Moving” in the cultural arts zone for years to come thanks to our “Raise the Roof” donors.