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North Iowa Cultural Center And Museum

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460 North Shore Drive Clear Lake IA 50428 USA


Provide cultural, educational, and entertainment opportunities.


The north iowa cultural center and museum operates, maintains, and preserves the historical surf ballroom located in clear lake, iowa. Our museum is open to the public daily. We provide numerous programs to educate visitors and fans about the history, and continuing significance, of all genres of music with an emphasis on big band and rock and roll music. We carried out our mission through 1) the operation of a museum where we collect, archive and preserve musical artifacts for future generations so they may be able to understand and appreciate the way music has developed during the last century 2) through the employment of an education director who conducts educational programs both at the surf ballroom and throughout the area including classroom (continued on sch o) visits, school tours at the ballroom, piano, dance, and guitar lessons, summer programming and special events, and 3) we provide numerous tours, seminars, and musical programs for the public which demonstrate the music performed here and in america during the past 65+ years. 2014 program service accomplishments include the following: 1. Hosting 50 motorcoach tours 2. Hosting more than 7,750 museum visitors including those from 48 states and 13 foreign countries 3. Hosting 32 concerts and events with attendance in excess of 26,000 4. Offering piano and guitar lessons 5. The 'rave on' educational curriculum is available to more than 710 classrooms in cerro gordo and surrounding counties. With the aid of the 'rave on' curriculum we visited 43 classrooms in 16 school districts resulting in contact with 1,795 students. We also hosted 9 school tours of the surf ballroom with a total of 750 students. 6. Hosting ballroom, swing, latin and waltz dance classes (25 couples participated) 7. Hosting educational special events programs for children througout the year including a winter dance party art contest, the "rockin' kids show" (winter dance party presentation), a jazz festival, etc. Summer programming was provided to 115 participants and included 1) "rock 'n tots" surf history 2) "sound" where kids are taught the art and science of music through building and playing various instruments, 3) "making music with everyday materials" where students create instruments using household and recycled materials, 4) "surf factor" where individuals developed a song for performance on stage. 8. Open mic nights were also hosted in june and july where artists were provided a forum to express themselves musically in a positive and fun environment (55 participants).

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