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ICCA to Showcase Economic Impact of Arts at Cultural Advocacy Day March 19
Posted: 3/5/2012

The Iowa Cultural Corridor Alliance (ICCA), in partnership with the Iowa Cultural Coalition, will showcase the economic impact of arts and culture in Iowa at Cultural Advocacy Day on March 19, 2012, at the Iowa State Capitol in Des Moines. Cultural partners and arts supporters are invited to attend the annual Iowa Cultural Coalition event. Those who are not able to attend but would still like to participate are encouraged to contact their legislators as a “virtual attendee” by phone or email that day.

The goal of Cultural Advocacy Day is to educate legislators on the significant economic impact of arts, cultural, heritage and historic preservation endeavors in local communities and across the state of Iowa, and to encourage them to support cultural economic development through state funded programs. State programs supporting cultural economic development are primarily located within the Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA), but are also found in the Main Street Iowa program and Resource Enhancement and Development Program (REAP) in other state departments.

With state budget cuts since 2010, state funding per capita for arts and culture in Iowa has fallen from $.42 to only $.34, about one-third the national average and ranking Iowa at 42nd in the nation. Programs in DCA have seen a significant decrease, with funding for grants reduced overall and funding for Historic Site Preservation Grants eliminated completely.

“The Iowa Cultural Corridor Alliance invites our partners and those who support the arts in our community to join us in demonstrating the importance of arts and culture on March 19,” said Jessica Johnson, executive director of the Iowa Cultural Corridor Alliance. “A vibrant arts community is essential to economic development. In addition, the arts generate local revenue and employ Iowans across the state.”

For additional information and to register for Cultural Advocacy Day, visit the Iowa Cultural Coalition website at http://www.iowaculturalcoalition.org/ and click on the link for Cultural Advocacy Day. Additional information can also be found on their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/iowaculturalcoalition. Those who are interested in attending with the Iowa Cultural Corridor Alliance should contact Jessica Johnson at jessica@culturalcorridor.org .

The Iowa Cultural Coalition is the statewide non-profit organization that serves as the main advocacy and communications network for arts, cultural, heritage, museum, and historic preservation endeavors in Iowa. Since 2004, the ICC has promoted livable and viable communities for Iowa through support for culture, arts, history, and investment in historic and cultural resources. Investment in cultural programs and resources improves the quality of life in Iowa to attract and retain a vibrant workforce and directly impacts Iowa’s economic vitality.

The Iowa Cultural Corridor Alliance ( www.culturalcorridor.org ) is an alliance of over 150 cultural organizations in the Eastern Iowa Corridor. The mission of ICCA is to promote the varied cultural activities of its partner organizations and to nurture a sustainable cultural community. This is done through advocacy-focused events, educational programming, arts and culture awareness, cultural tourism, and building strong relationships throughout the community.

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