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  Culture Corner - Iowa Cultural Corridor Alliance Blog
Culture Builds Community
posted: Wednesday, February 27, 2013  Post Comment

As a regional organization, the Iowa Cultural Corridor Alliance (ICCA) promotes the arts and nurtures a sustainable cultural community in Iowa’s Creative Corridor. ICCA works to facilitate collaboration and build partnerships throughout the community. Nurturing a strong arts sector has a direct impact on the greater region. Partnerships among for-profit and non-profit organizations; arts, social service or religious institutions; artists, parents and neighbors have the potential to create a vital “ecosystem” where the arts and communities flourish.

It only takes a quick glance to see how culture builds community in the Corridor. Community art centers bustle with young people learning to dance or draw. Murals and other forms of public art reclaim neglected spaces. Outdoor movies light up parking lots on a summer night. Street fairs draw thousands of people and theatre performances give voice to the issues of a community. Cultural participation builds bridges across geographic, ethnic and class divides that many other forms of civic engagement do not.

The impact of the arts goes far beyond economic or even social values. The arts provide a means for learning and creative expression, offering our community a constructive way to give voice to issues that may be controversial. Through the arts citizens can engage these issues and emerge an even stronger community.

Visit the ICCA website, www.CulturalCorridor.org, to learn more about the arts and discover hundreds of cultural opportunities throughout Iowa’s Creative Corridor.

--Jessica Johnson, ICCA Executive Director


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