Eastern Iowa Arts Academy Receives Unbelievable Gift from the Charles Litow Family!
In December 2012, the Eastern Iowa Arts Academy (EIAA) received an astonishing gift of two commercial properties from Charlie and Kathy Litow of Cedar Rapids. The properties, located at 1841 and 1847 E Avenue NE, in Cedar Rapids, were formerly the site of Litow & Pech. P.C. and will become EIAA’s new Arts For Life Center.
Charlie and his wife Kathy have been generous supporters of the Eastern Iowa Arts Academy since the inception of the organization in 2007.
“This gift is simply astounding," said EIAA’s Executive Director, David Griffin, “The generosity of the Litow family will allow EIAA to provide countless arts opportunities for youth, seniors and individuals with special needs, in and around this community, who would most likely not have the opportunity to engage in such experiences.”
For the past five and half years, the Eastern Iowa Arts Academy has been offering quality after school arts programming for K-12 students across the greater Cedar Rapids metro area. During 2011-2012, EIAA offered visual and performing arts classes at 36 locations, serving over 2,100 participants.
Since the program began in 2007, the Eastern Iowa Arts Academy envisioned owning and operating a facility to offer innovative arts opportunities to youth, in addition to its after-school program. Griffin says before securing such a facility, the academy wanted to focus on establishing effective programming rooted in a solid organizational structure. Five years of substantial program growth led the organization to begin the search for a permanent home in Cedar Rapids. After extensive research, EIAA decided the Mound View Neighborhood on the northeast side of Cedar Rapids was the perfect area to plant its roots for the new and innovative arts facility.
According to Griffin, the new Arts For Life Center will offer additional opportunities for students of all ages to explore the visual and performing arts. He says from specialized arts opportunities to an innovative music studio, EIAA’s professional staff will inspire artistic and musical abilities and growth.
Eastern Iowa Arts Academy is still in need of local businesses, corporations, foundations and/or individuals to help sponsor building renovations and programming at the new Arts For Life Center. If interested, please contact Executive Director, David Griffin, at info @ eiaaprogram.com or call, 319-350-1805, to find out how you can help support this new, exciting initiative. For more information about the Eastern Iowa Arts Academy and the Arts For Life Center, visit our Arts For Life Center page.