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About Us

Limestone Bluffs Regional Cultural Council
The Limestone Bluffs Regional Cultural Council is a grassroots regional leadership dedicated to enhanced preservation, protection, interpretation and promotion of eastern Iowa’s art, culture and history. The Council is comprised of individuals representing the counties of Cedar, Clinton, Dubuque, Delaware, Jones and Jackson in Iowa who volunteer their time in the support and promotion of cultural arts and history in the area.
Current Members Include:
Current Members Include:
Current Members
Delaware County
Caryssa O'Connell
Director, Delaware County Tourism, Manchester
Lori Scovel, LB RC&D Executive Director, is a resident of Delaware County and also represents the county’s interests.
1 Vacancy
Dubuque County
Amanda Schwartz
Museum Manager, National Farm Toy Museum, Dyersville
1 Vacancy
Jones County
Pauline Antons
Jones County SWCD, Limestone Bluffs RC&D Board, Hoover Foundation
Rose Rohr
Jones County Historic Preservation Commission, Natural Cultural Heritage Foundation, Silos & Smokestacks - trustee and panel member
Jackson County
Leslie Jacobsen
Recently retired Maquoketa-native with web design skills and an interest in the arts and community theatre
1 Vacancy
Cedar County
Hobert Flory
Cedar County Historical Society, Cedar County Stoplight Players in Tipton, Theater Tech Director for North Cedar Schools
Mary Barnum (alternate)
Clinton County
Cathie Nichols
Central Community Historical Society & Lincoln Highway Association
Matt Parbs
Executive Director, The Sawmill Museum, Clinton; Former Limestone Bluffs RC&D Board Member
In August 2014, the Iowa League of Resource Conservation & Development organizations received a USDA Rural Community Development Initiative grant to assist in creating, supporting and sustaining an effort to unite the vast array of cultural assets in six multi-county regions of Iowa. Limestone Bluffs RC&D was part of a state-wide planning consortium that was developed between Iowa’s RC&Ds, the University of Iowa and the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs to bring support and assistance to our rural communities. Further funding for individual projects was received from the Iowa Arts Council.
The overall goal for the ongoing Regional Art and Culture Project is to: preserve, protect, interpret and promote Iowa’s art, culture and history.  To that end, Regional Cultural Councils were developed in each participating RC&D area to provide local input, guidance and leadership for regional planning and implementation of projects. The project is intended to serve as a catalyst for the creative economy, empower Regional Cultural Councils to become engines for economic vitality, cultural diversity and historic preservation as well as regional art, history and cultural project planning throughout Iowa.
After a series of public meetings held across the six-county area served by Limestone Bluffs RC&D, the Limestone Bluffs Regional Cultural Council was formed in 2016 with representatives from Delaware, Dubuque, Cedar, Clinton, Jackson and Jones counties.
Ongoing Objectives
The LB Regional Cultural Council continues to work on the following objectives:
  • Maintaining a comprehensive regional database and website for arts organizations, historic organizations & sites, and cultural amenities and organizations;
  • Serve as the catalyst to bring art, history and cultural interests together within the region to share information, collaborate on regional projects and activities and access resources to address regional needs.
  • Help develop and nurture partnerships to leverage resources to support cultural arts activities and events within the region.
Interested In Becoming Involved?
Get Involved
This is your chance to provide meaningful input, guidance and leadership for a regional approach to the preservation, protection, interpretation and promotion of our art, culture and history.
Do you think there is a lack of meaningful live theater in the region? Always had a great idea about how to better promote history? Want to ensure that music plays a significant part in the Regional Plan? Realize that there are really great cultural sites and activities in our region that simply are not utilized? Have a plan for linking and promoting art? Think that regional training for artists to understand and utilize marketing, sales and promotion of their art is a grand idea? Know that there are issues with the preservation, protection, interpretation and promotion of art, culture and history but not quite sure what to do about it?
There are a million reasons you might want to provide input or volunteer with the Limestone Bluffs Regional Cultural Council.
We hope you can think of at least one.
Contact us with your ideas and let us know if you wish to learn more!
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