February 2019 News

Layers of Maquoketa had a monthly meeting on Wednesday, February 20, 2019 — our first meeting at our new time: the 3rd Wednesdays of the month at 4:00 pm at Maquoketa Art Experience, 124 S. Main St. Present for the meeting were Nic Hockenberry (chair), Bob Osterhaus, Joanne Evans, Leslie Jacobsen, Julie Schveiger (attending via videoconference), and Sarah Jones. Sarah took minutes.

Upcoming events and projects

Scheduled events:

  • We note that MAE will be hosting an artist’s workshop and we are interesting in helping however would be appropriate. Nancy Kilburg will let us know what we can do.

  • The next Layers of Maquoketa Coffeehouse will be on May 2, 2019 at Maquoketa Art Experience. Time to be announced.

Under development:

  • Leslie asked about a photography contest. While we are not having a week-long celebration, a photography contest could be done in conjunction with the Coffeehouse, with winners announced then. Leslie is interested in organizing this.

  • Veterans’ Legacy Program

    • This is something that Julie has been working on in collaboration with others including someone at St. Ambrose University. The current grant period has ended, so the group is preparing for the next grant cycle. The Veterans Legacy Program is a branch of the VA and housed under the National Cemetery Administration. The goal is to document and memorialize veterans and educate others by sharing veterans’ stories through media (video, photos, documentaries) and to partner with teachers, researchers, and communities to accomplish this.

    • This project needs people to help. Contact Julie Schveiger or layersofmaquoketa@gmail.com for more information.

Potential projects:

  • We are interesting in helping with a Reader’s Theater presentation of “Our Town” by Thornton Wilder. Leslie says that Peace Pipe Players will be considering that for an upcoming performance.

  • We are interested in a project to document the 15 downtown buildings that are part of the façade project. The Iowa Initiative for Sustainable Communities from the University of Iowa Office of Outreach & Engagement could be a potential partner. Construction is expected to state in Spring 2020.

  • Another project that could be in collaboration potentially with Maquoketa Public Library, Grade Level Reading, Maquoketa Schools, and/or Hurstville Interpretive Center is a community read project.

Next meeting:

The next Layers of Maquoketa meeting will be Wednesday, March 20, 2019, at 4:00 PM at Maquoketa Art Experience, 124 S. Main St. Maquoketa.