Putnam Receives Grant for Quad Cities Jewish Heritage Traveling Exhibit

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

DAVENPORT, Iowa (August 4, 2014) – The Putnam is pleased to announce that it has received a $5,000 Cultural Leadership Partners (CLP) Project Grant from the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs. Grant funds will support the Quad Cities Jewish Heritage Traveling Exhibit, a project being undertaken with the support and involvement of the Jewish Federation of the Quad Cities and guest curator, Dr. Art Pitz.

The CLP project grant will support research and creation of a traveling exhibit highlighting the culture and history of Jews in the Quad Cities. Tracing Jewish history in our region from its earliest days on each side of the river, the exhibit, which will appear at public libraries and other locations beginning in early 2015, will feature engaging photos, graphics, and text. The project will help increase awareness, tolerance and understanding of one of the many cultural groups in our region.

Putnam President and CEO, Kim Findlay noted, “We appreciate the Iowa Arts Council providing resources which will allow area residents of all backgrounds to learn more about a cultural group which has added much to our community’s vitality.”

The Cultural Leadership Partners (CLP) Project Grant program, which is funded by the Iowa Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts, creates opportunities for arts and culture to flourish in Iowa by investing in projects with Iowa’s leading arts and cultural institutions that positively impact the vitality of arts and culture in the state, demonstrate public value, and support Iowa Arts Council funding priorities.

Lots to see and do at the Putnam

Visitors can stop by the brand NEW 10,000-square-foot Science Center, which features more than 45 hands-on stations that bring science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) concepts to life.

We’ve opened the documentary vault here at the Putnam! Be sure to check our diverse movie schedule on our website as well as our Facebook and Twitter to find out all the wonderful documentaries and films we are showing in our National Geographic Giant Screen Theater.

Retro Reel Deal

Purchase a Retro “Reel Deal” movie pass and watch unlimited movies on the Putnam’s National Geographic GIANT screen all summer long. Adult passes sell for only $35 and $25 for children ages 3 to 12, tickets to movies are also available on an individual basis. Upcoming movies include:

· Die Hard (8/8 @ 7PM, 8/9 @ 9:30PM) - John McClane, officer of the NYPD, tries to save wife Holly Gennaro and several others, taken hostage by German terrorist Hans Gruber during a Christmas party at the Nakatomi Plaza in Los Angeles.

· Fight Club (8/8 @ 9:30PM, 8/9 @ 7PM) - An insomniac office worker looking for a way to change his life crosses paths with a devil-may-care soap maker and they form an underground fight club that evolves into something much, much more...

· Pretty in Pink (8/15 @ 7PM, 8/16 @ 9:30PM) - A poor girl must choose between the affections of her doting childhood sweetheart and a rich but sensitive playboy.

· Say Anything (8/15 @ 9:30PM, 8/16 @ 7PM) - A noble underachiever and a beautiful valedictorian fall in love the summer before she goes off to college.

About the Putnam

The Putnam has been inspiring ideas, dialogue and interaction among people of all ages for nearly 150 years! And today, we’re better than ever with hands-on fun for the whole family! Launch rockets or interact with a robot in our Science Center, visit our famous mummies in Unearthing Ancient Egypt, climb into a treehouse in Black Earth | Big River or go back in time to see our region’s history in River, Prairie, and People. Also experience internationally-recognized traveling exhibits or take in a movie in our National Geographic Giant Screen Theater with a screen towering 6 stories tall! Our welcoming team is dedicated to helping you discover and explore in a friendly and engaging place.

For more information about current and upcoming events, exhibits and movies, visit

About the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs

The Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs is responsible for developing the state’s interest in the areas of the arts, history and other cultural matters with the advice and assistance from its two divisions: the State Historical Society of Iowa and the Iowa Arts Council. DCA preserves, researches, interprets and promotes an awareness and understanding of local, state and regional history and stimulates and encourages the study and presentation of the performing and fine arts and public interest and participation in them. It implements tourism-related art and history projects as directed by the General Assembly and designs a comprehensive, statewide, long-range plan with the assistance of the Iowa Arts Council to develop the arts in Iowa. More information about DCA is available at