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Cultural Arts Organization Cutting Back

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28)--Cedar Rapids museum of art, Brucemore and even Hancher Auditorium have one thing in common the iowa cultural corridor alliance.

"It's a great place to go to learn all about the kinds of activities and events that are happening up and down the corridor at any given time, said. Sean Ulmer, ICCA Board President.

More than 150 cultural organizations in Linn, Johnson and nine adjacent counties are connected with icca.

"ICCA serves as an umbrella organization to promote all of those organizations, said Ulmer.

But resources to continue that are going to be significantly smaller.

The Cedar Rapids Area Convention and Visitor's Bureau says they need to expand their work in the community.

That means they'll have to cut ICCA funding from 10,000 to 5,000 thousand later this year.

icca board president sean ulmer says it's led them back to the drawing board.

"We are going to begin a strategic plan that will map our course for the next three years."

That includes cutting their executive director position from full time to half time, for the next six months.

A plan some at Brucemore historic site say they hope will help keep ICCA afloat.

"The absence of an organization like ICCA impacts our ability to work together it impacts our ability to keep track of everything that's going on in the corridor, said Brucemore Executive Director, David Janssen.
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