DES MOINES – The Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs announced it awarded more than $2.1 million in grants for art, film, history and culture. For the second year, Pella Historical Society and Museums is receiving an award of $15,000, which is specified for the operations of the Museum.

“Iowa is becoming known as a culturally vibrant state with world-class arts and cultural offerings, where engaging experiences revitalize communities with unique characteristics and local charm,” said director of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs Chris Kramer.

The society is responsible for a $3.5 million economic footprint each year to Pella and a 30-mile radius, according to a Masters of Business Administration study by the University of Northern Iowa, drawing hundreds of thousands of visitors during Tulip Time each year. The city attracts another 50,000 visitors the rest of the year.

“Pella Historical is grateful for grant entities that recognize that operations grants are essential for museums like PHSM,” said Executive Director of the Pella Historical Society and Museums Valerie Van Kooten, “The State of Iowa understands that tourist attractions draw millions of dollars into the state each year.”

Art, film, history and culture are vital factors that business leaders, families and millennials consider when choosing where to set up shop or settle down to live, work and play. Cultural programs help boost the quality of life and promote economic growth.

The $2,107,102 in grant funding is made through several programs overseen by the department’s divisions: the Iowa Arts Council, the State Historical Society of Iowa and Produce Iowa and the State Office of Film and Media Production. This year, the department received a slight increase in funding from state and federal officials, a reflection of widespread support for Iowa art, film, history and culture.