St. Ambrose University’s Galvin Fine Arts Center has received $27,300 from the state of Iowa from the program offering economic relief to the state’s arts and culture industry.

Lance Sadlek is director of Galvin.

The grant (announced late last month) is provided through the Iowa Arts & Culture Recovery Program, and will reimburse Galvin for some losses incurred in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Lance Sadlek, director of the Galvin Fine Arts Center, said the grant will cover some of the lost revenue and extra expenses for personal protective equipment (PPE) and labor that were needed to keep Galvin operating and safe for students, employees and patrons.

Support was provided by Gov. Kim Reynolds and the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, through the federal CARES Act.

The university was one of 555 grant applicants for the $7 million in CARES Act funding allocated by Gov. Reynolds to provide economic relief to nonprofits, businesses and individuals within the state’s art and culture industry.

Galvin Fine Arts Center is at St. Ambrose University, 518 W. Locust St., Davenport.

Sadlek said Wednesday that the pandemic has disrupted the services and series of performances Galvin provides to the university and surrounding region.

“We are very thankful to the Iowa Arts Council and delighted to get the funding,” he said. There were just 11 cultural organizations and three artists in Scott County awarded grants.

The center – which has no events on its 2021 calendar so far — is home to the academic programs for Art/Art EducationBook ArtsPaintingMusic/Music EducationTheatreDigital Media ProductionPR/Strategic Communication, and Multimedia Journalism, as well as SAUtv and KALA Radio, two galleries, a black box theatre, recital hall, and auditorium.

Attendance at events in Allaert Auditorium is considered on a case-by-case basis.

To learn more about the state Covid relief program for the arts, and Quad-Cities recipients, click HERE.


Jonathan Turner has been covering the Quad-Cities arts scene for 25 years, first as a reporter with the Dispatch and Rock Island Argus, and then as a reporter with the Quad City Times. Jonathan is also an accomplished actor and musician who has been seen frequently on local theater stages, including the Bucktown Revue and Black Box Theatre.