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Tickets on sale for the third annual "Ickys"

CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -- Tickets are now on sale for the third annual Cultural Corridor Innovative Excellence Awards (aka The Ickys).

The program is a cignature event for the Iowa Cultural Corridore Alliance (ICCA), a group of 148 arts and culture organizations in the 11-county area aroudnt eh Cedar Rapids/Iowa City Cooridor. The 2009 Icky Awards, covering Calendar Year 2008, will be present on Monday, Jan. 26, at 6:30 p.m. at The Englert Theatre, 221 E. Washington St., Iowa City.

The Ickys are the area's only Cultural Awards nominated and voted on solely by the 148 peer groups of the Iowa Cultural Corridor Alliance. The program will be hosted by Scott Schulte and Ric Swann of the Z102.9 morning show, "Schulte and Swann." During the evening, awards will be presented to local cultural organizations in the categories of chidlren's programming, theater programming,d ance programming, historical exhibits programming and touring events programming. Special honors will also be awarded for cultural advocacy and collaboration.

"This has been a challenging year for the area's cultural community," said Joe Jennison, Executive Director of ICCA. "This year it's more important than ever to come together, show support and celebrate the Cultural Corridor -- the cultural heart of Iowa and a major contributor to the state's great quality of life."

The ceremony will also feature live recreations of 2008 performances by cultural groups. Included will be performances representing the African American Historical Museum and Cultural Center of Iowa, Anamosa Pumpkinfest, Cedar Rapids Concert Corale, James Gang, Old Creamery Theatre Company, Paramount Theatre, Paul Engle Center for Neighborhood Arts, Rage Theatrics, SPT Theatre, Theatre Cedar Rapids and Wickiup Hill. Also included will be celebrity presenters including former Governor Thomas Vilsack and Cedar Rapids and Iowa City Mayors Kay Halloran and Regenia Bailey.

This event will also double as ICCA's annual meeting. Tickets are $20 and are available to the general public through the Englert Theatre box office at (319) 688-2653.

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