The Iowa Cultural Coalition has issued reports showing public investment in Iowa’s arts & culture sector. Every Iowa legislator received a report listing grants in their district from the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) for the period July 1, 2020, through June 30, 2021. These reports demonstrate that state and federal funding directly benefits Iowans, showing how investments in arts and culture:
attracts and retains talent
drives economic development
builds strong communities
These reports are grouped by Iowa’s Senate and House districts and are available below. Each Iowa Senator and Representative has received an individualized copy of the report giving them a specific list of funds that came to their constituents and supported their communities. These reports, useful for chambers of commerce, economic development staff, artists, and cultural organizations, demonstrate the broad and significant impact of public investment in arts and culture across the state.
Historically, Iowa ranks in the bottom third of state spending on arts and culture, and without the recent federal support many communities across the state would have lost vital arts and culture organizations to the pandemic. The Iowa Cultural Coalition will continue to provide resources and information about efforts to support arts & culture and invite Iowans to join them for the health of our communities and Iowa’s economy.