Mission

    We empower Iowa to build and sustain culturally vibrant communities by connecting Iowans to the people, places and points of pride that define our state.

    Vision

    Iowa is recognized as a state that fosters creativity and serves as a catalyst for innovation where the stories of Iowa are preserved and communicated to connect past, present and future generations.

    Mandate

    The Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs:

    • Preserves and promotes Iowa’s collective heritage and unique sense of place
    • Cultivates creativity, participation and learning in the arts
    • Engages diverse statewide audiences through education initiatives, exhibitions and public programs
    • Provides tools, resources and knowledge to promote networking, collaboration and best practices to nurture cultural leadership
    • Invests in people and projects that foster economic growth and enhance the cultural identity of local communities

    Values

    Responsiveness: We believe our priorities and programs should be adaptable, reflecting and respecting the evolving needs of Iowans.

    Community: We believe culture at its root is a shared experience and we seek to foster relationships among people with everything we do.

    Creativity: We believe that encouraging new ideas, approaches and fresh thinking are necessary for Iowa and our organization.

    Collaboration: We believe partnership is essential to achieving greater impact, relevance and sustainability for our organization and our state.

    Ingenuity: We believe in making the best use of the resources that we have, including space, time, expertise and dollars.

    Stewardship: We believe it is our responsibility to preserve Iowa’s cultural legacy and resources.

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