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ICCA and Diversity Focus Announce New Luncheon Series
Posted: 4/5/2012

The Iowa Cultural Corridor Alliance (ICCA) and Diversity Focus announce a new collaborative event: Building a Connection Luncheon Series. The luncheons will be held Tuesday, April 24, 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM at the African American Museum of Iowa and Wednesday, April 25, 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM at the Coralville Public Library. The luncheons are free for ICCA partner organizations.

The goal of the Building a Connection Luncheon Series is to connect arts and culture organizations with audiences of diverse backgrounds, increasing attendance at events, support for the arts and ultimately increasing workforce retention in the Corridor.

Diversity Focus will facilitate a discussion with ICCA partners regarding challenges and opportunities for audience development, community awareness and support. Diversity Focus will use this information to identify solutions and work with ICCA to increase awareness of arts and culture opportunities in the Corridor.

“Many people move to the Iowa City – Cedar Rapids area because of work but they choose to stay in the area only if they can build a life,” says Chad Simmons Executive Director of Diversity Focus. “Partnering with the Iowa Cultural Corridor Alliance will help us connect people to the cultural events that help make this possible.”

“The arts bring people of diverse backgrounds together for shared experiences and community building,” said Jessica Johnson, executive director of the Iowa Cultural Corridor Alliance. “By partnering with Diversity Focus, we hope to cultivate a relationship that will increase awareness of cultural opportunities in the Corridor.”

The Iowa Cultural Corridor Alliance ( ) 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.

Diversity is the crucial link to economic, cultural, academic, and technological success. Diversity Focus’ vision is that the Corridor community be the model of inclusion that values, nurtures, attracts, and retains people of diverse backgrounds, cultures and beliefs. For more information about Diversity Focus, please visit


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