2015 Celebration of the Arts Award Winners

Brucemore Receives Collaboration Award

November 9th, 2015

icca_coa_award_winners.pngThe Iowa Cultural Corridor Alliance (ICCA) announces the winners of the 2015 Collaboration and Reaching Out Awards at Celebration of the Arts on November 4. The annual awards are designed to recognize ICCA partner organizations for their most innovative collaborative programming throughout the year.

The ICCA Collaboration Award recognizes successful collaborations between ICCA members. Coe College, Brucemore, the African American Museum of Iowa, the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, and the National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library were recognized for their collaboration on organizing the Night at the Museum series.

The Reaching Out Award recognizes a successful partnership between an ICCA member and a non-member organization. Theatre Cedar Rapids was recognized for its collaboration with Hy-Vee and the Cedar Rapids Blue Zones Project. The groups worked together on Eat Green with Shrek.

All ICCA partner organizations were eligible to nominate programming and vote on the ballot.

“It was an outstanding year for Arts and Culture in the Cultural Corridor, and we congratulate all of our nominees and winners for their innovative and collaborative programming,” said Eric Hanson, ICCA President.

Individual arts advocate awards were presented to Debbie Stanton (Washington Public Library) as the recipient of the 2015 Larry Eckholt Award and Leslie Charipar (Theatre Cedar Rapids) as the recipient of the 2015 Peggy Whitworth Award. The Eckholt Award recognizes a community member in the southern part of the Corridor, while the Whitworth Award recognizes a member of the northern part of the Corridor.

The ICCA Celebration of the Arts annual meeting luncheon was held at Cedar Ridge Winery in Swisher and featured a keynote presentation by Diana Nollen, arts and entertainment writer for The Gazette. Celebration of the Arts is ICCA’s annual meeting event, intended to elevate the awareness of the artistic and cultural organizations in the Corridor and to celebrate the outstanding collaborations of ICCA partners.

“This year was also special as we celebrated our tenth anniversary, complete with a photo montage of events from the past decade and anecdotes from past board members.” added Hanson. “This organization embraced collaboration and regionalism ten years ago to help coalesce and strengthen our arts and culture community.”

Celebration of the Arts was made possible thanks to generous support provided by the Iowa City/Coralville Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Cedar Rapids Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, and Hills Bank and Trust Company.

The Iowa Cultural Corridor Alliance is a partnership of cultural organizations throughout eleven counties in and around Iowa’s Creative Corridor. The mission of ICCA is to promote the varied cultural activities of its partner organizations and to nurture a sustainable cultural community. ICCA is the community resource for Arts, Culture and Entertainment, offering our members and the community advocacy-focused events, educational programming, professional development, and arts and culture awareness. 

Photo courtesy of ICCA


Do I need to pay to enter the estate and walk on the grounds?

No. Visiting the Brucemore estate during grounds hours is free. Tickets are only required for scheduled tours and events, and they can be purchased in advance online.

Is a reservation needed to visit Brucemore?

You do not need a reservation to visit the grounds on your own. You do need a ticket to go inside the mansion. We recommend purchasing tickets in advance online or by calling 319-362-7375 for any of our mansion tours or other scheduled special themed tours due to limited capacity. Please visit our calendar to see upcoming opportunities and to purchase your tickets.

Touring the Mansion

Can I take pictures inside the mansion?

Yes. Photography is allowed during tours for personal, non-professional use. Tripods, selfie-sticks, or other photography equipment will not be permitted. Photographs should not distract from others’ enjoyment.

How large is the mansion?

Brucemore is approximately 15,000 square feet.

How many fireplaces, rooms, and floors does Brucemore have?

There are 21 “main” rooms, 14 fireplaces and four floors plus an attic.

Is all of the furniture original to the house and families?

Much of the furniture you will see on display belonged to the second or third families to live at Brucemore; however, some pieces had to be replaced with replicas or similar antiques.

Is the mansion handicap accessible?

The Brucemore mansion includes multiple floors and several staircases. Because of the historic architecture, some spaces are not accessible. Due to preservation work, the wheelchair lift that offers accessibility to the first floor is not available at this time. An elevator is not available from the first floor to the other floors at any time. Learn more about accessibility at Brucemore.

Group and School Tours

Is there an age requirement for students visiting Brucemore?

You do not have to be a certain age to visit or attend a program at Brucemore. Different programs are best suited for different ages. Tours of the mansion are recommended for 4th grade students and older.

Where do we park?

Parking is available on site a short walk from the mansion or carriage house. Buses must follow special instructions. Large events may not be able to accommodate on-site parking; please see the event calendar information for exceptions.

Is bus parking available?

Yes. Bus parking is available near the carriage house. Buses must arrive via special directions as they are unable to fit in our historic gates.

Is there a lunch area at Brucemore?

There are a couple of small picnic tables in the orchard and Adirondack chairs in pairs across the property to utilize during the warmer months. You are also welcome to bring your own blanket or chair to picnic on the grounds. Please carry out any trash to help our small staff keep the grounds beautiful.

Does my group have to arrive together?

Your group does not have to arrive together, however, parking on site is limited.

What is your payment policy?

Brucemore admission for group tours is often requested to be paid prior to the visit and a deposit may be required. Payment can be made by cash, check, or credit card and should be paid in one sum.

Do I need to make an appointment to tour the mansion?

You must have a ticket to a tour or program inside the mansion. Many tours do sell out in advance; purchase online or by calling 319-362-7375 in advance of your visit to guarantee your spot. See the schedule here.

Is the mansion wheelchair accessible?

The mansion is not currently accessible to wheelchairs due to preservation work. The mansion includes multiple flights of stairs. Most of the outdoor areas of the site are accessible. See our full accessibility information and contact us with additional questions regarding your visit.

Can I walk on the property?

Yes, the grounds and gardens are open daily most of the year. Several self-guided interpretive panels are available. See hours here.

What is Brucemore’s ticket policy?

Tickets are non-refundable, but may be rescheduled for comparable programs as space allows. Learn more.

I’m attending a large event at Brucemore. Where do I park?

Large events may require you to park offsite. Please read the event details on the calendar for specific information for each event.

Are weapons allowed at Brucemore?

We prohibit weapons on the property and at programs to ensure the safety and security of all employees and people visiting Brucemore.