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Lucky Enough: Culture in Adams County
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Lucky Enough: Culture in Adams County

We’re lucky enough to live where you can see the gorgeous sunrises, enjoy a day of hard work and relax under the twinkling starry night sky. Walking our historic Corning downtown, we’re lucky enough to have people greet you on the street and the drivers give the one finger wave. We live where neighbors help neighbors and strangers become friends.

The community pulls together and supports projects (Presbyterians raising funds for the food pantry), events (Lazy Days summer festival) and benefits people, such as those fighting cancer. Our citizens have supported restoring the Corning Opera House Cultural Center, building the aquatic center, renovating the Carnac Skate Park, repairing the Johnny Carson Birthplace and updating the American Theater among other projects.


When the theater sat dark for a few years, we were lucky enough to live in a community of go-getters! They worked for months and raised the funds to update the American Theater! The first-run digital movies with surround sound play Wednesday through Sundays. We are lucky to have high back rocker chairs and Orville Redenbacher popcorn, with or without butter! Upcoming Shows include: Girls Trip, One Sworn to Protect It, Dunkirk, and Nut Job 2.


Corning Center for the Fine Art’s volunteer Board of Directors transformed the interior of a hardware store into a viable art gallery/studio in 2005.   The transformation was accomplished since we were lucky enough to have an original board member act as general contractor.  He transformed the hardware store into an inviting destination by repairing the side and back walls, renovating the façade, designing and cutting out  second level flooring to develop a mezzanine art display area. CCFA is lucky enough to have 96% of our original board members still volunteering to continue the art dream. CCFA has created a place that provides temporary time, space and support for the creation of new work by resident artists. CCFA has been fortunate enough to host eighteen resident artists over the past twelve years.  

CCFA is fortunate to have a unique program in Iowa. Artists in residence programs have been described as the “research and development’ arm of the arts. They are rapidly gaining recognition as innovative sources of direct support for independent artists.  The spirit and programs of the Corning Center for the Fine Arts are based on the conviction that exceptional talent deserves to be supported in its pursuits. Our practical commitment to this belief is achieved by providing studio space, low-cost housing accommodations, and a gallery space to artists who are awarded residencies. 


Volunteers worked tirelessly for twelve years to make their dream a reality. We were lucky enough to raise three-quarters of a million dollars locally to help with the restoration in 2012. The people pulled together through many soup suppers, salad luncheons, pledges and time to restore the heartbeat of the community. In 2016 our 70 volunteers donated over 1,000 hours of their time, helping with tickets, ushering at shows, setting up chairs for meetings, putting up lights for weddings, painting walls, or whatever the need is. Today visitors can walk on the only raked stage in the state of Iowa, can attend business meetings, get married in the historic auditorium, can dance at the monthly opry shows (August 27) or just sit back and enjoy the sounds of music with Tonic Sol Fa (August 29) all because we are lucky enough to have volunteers! We are changing the world with our volunteers because together we can do much.


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  1. Travel Iowa Team
    Travel Iowa Team
    Terrific! Thanks for contributing to the Travel Iowa blog!
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  2. cohcc
    Thank you for allowing us this opportunity!
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  3. Patrick Muller
    The CCFA's efforts sound amazing. How inspiring to find a great innovative and vibrant small town arts organization, and in sparsely populated western Iowa to boot.
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    1. cohcc
      Our artists-in-residents are awesome, come for a visit!
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