In the past five years, the National Endowment for the Arts distributed $9,922,035 in federal funding, either directly or through state and regional partners, in Iowa.
In the most recent information (2021) from the Arts and Cultural Production Satellite Account (ACPSA), which is produced jointly by the National Endowment for the Arts’ Office of Research & Analysis and the Bureau of Economic Analysis, U.S. Commerce Department, Iowa...
Added 2.1 percent or $4.5 billion to the state economy from arts and cultural production
Employed 39,391 workers in the arts and cultural industries, with workers earning wages and benefits totaling more than $2.5 billion
More than 45 percent of Iowa’s adults attended live music, theater, or dance performances, while more than 17 percent attended art exhibits, according to the 2017 Survey of Public Participation in the Arts, conducted in partnership with the U.S. Census Bureau.
In addition to offering direct grants, the NEA supports national initiatives benefiting people across the country:
An average of more than 587 students from 58 high schools in Iowa participated in Poetry Out Loud annually.
Blue Star Museums program provided free admission to thousands of active military personnel and their families at 76 participating museums in Iowa.
The NEA Big Read program generated 46 community events focused on reading outstanding American literature and involving more than 2,565 adults and students in Iowa.
On this page, find information on the arts and culture for Iowa, and how the National Endowment for the Arts has supported the arts in communities throughout the state. Below are highlights of just some of Arts Endowment grantees and artists working in Iowa.
A native of Washington, Iowa, Mike Zahs--teacher, historian, inveterate collector, and lover of the secret histories stored in other people’s cast-offs--is the subject of "Saving Brinton", a film by Tommy Haines, John Richard, and Andrew Sherburne, which premiered at this year’s AFI Docs festival.
We chatted with three artists who’ve previously participated in the NPS artist-in-residence programs at Arizona’s Petrified National Park, California’s Lassen Volcanic National Park, and Idaho’s Craters of the Moon National Monument; Hot Springs National Park in Arkansas; and Iowa’s Herbert Hoover Historical Park and the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.
Fourth-generation old-time fiddler and button accordion player Dwight “Red” Lamb, 2017 National Heritage Fellow, is a master of Danish fiddle and accordion traditions, as well as Missouri Valley old-time fiddling.