Community Engagement

    In 2014, the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs met with more than 1,500 Iowans during 30 different community conversations and online about cultural vitality and how the department could connect and promote arts, history, media production, historic preservation and other cultural initiatives.

    Through those conversations, two major needs emerged:

    • Revitalization of the State Historical Building as a centralized hub that supports arts, history and culture in all 99 Iowa counties, and
    • A long-term vision to strengthen Iowa’s image as a progressive, innovative and culturally vibrant state by connecting Iowans to the people, places and points of pride that define the state.