The fifth annual Irish District Music and Arts Festival (IDMAF) raised $3,000 for the Eastern Iowa Arts Academy's Guitar Program. The annual family-friendly neighborhood celebration of live music, dance, and art took place on June 21 on the grounds of the historic Shores Central Park Building in Cedar Rapids' Irish District. The festival featured five bands on two stages with more than 1,000 people in attendance. On Sunday, September 21, at a thank you party for festival volunteers, sponsors and supporters, IDMAF President Tom Erger presented a check for $3,000 to David Griffin, Executive Director for the Eastern Iowa Arts Academy (EIAA). The money will fund EIAA's Guitar Program for 2014-15. The program provides guitar lessons at no cost to students in grades 5-8 in the greater Cedar Rapids area and allows kids to experience first-time lessons without a financial burden to their families.

A highlight of the IDMAF thank-you party was a performance by The Pink Slips, a group of Guitar Program students. "It was great for our supporters and volunteers to see how the work of our organization is benefitting local kids," Erger said. "It's rewarding to know that our sponsorship of the Guitar Program is helping to build a community of young musicians."

The sixth annual Irish District Music and Arts Festival will take place on Saturday, June 20, 2015.

Featuring: live music on two stages, dance performances, arts and crafts vendors, great local food vendors, the Kid Zone with lots of free activities for the kids, and Wamp's Dunk Tank. Admission is only $5 and kids 12 and under get in free!