We empower Iowa to create and sustain culturally vibrant communities by connecting Iowans with the people, places and points of pride that define our state.
All Iowans have opportunities to learn, create and thrive through the arts, history, humanities, film and media.
Collaboration and Leadership. We serve and collaborate with Iowans to develop programs, strategic partnerships and resources that respond to their needs. We listen, learn and collaborate to ensure inclusion and relevance as a statewide leader.
Diversity and Inclusion. Recognizing and respecting diversity in all that we do, we honor and elevate people, places and points of pride across Iowa. We work to ensure that all Iowans have opportunities to tell their stories and to see themselves reflected in our work.
Accessibility and Engagement. We believe every Iowan should have access to meaningful opportunities to engage with the arts, culture, history, and the humanities, recognizing the benefits to personal and community well-being.
Excellence. We work to exemplify professional standards and best practices within our organization and cultivate excellence in our role to preserve and promote Iowa’s cultural heritage, history and artistic creativity.
Knowledge and Creativity. We are dedicated to lifelong learning, research and sharing knowledge. We cultivate curiosity and the creativity that stimulates innovation and growth.