|Celebration of the Arts Will Feature Keynote Speaker Harlan Brownlee|
The Iowa Cultural Corridor Alliance
(ICCA) will hold its third annual Celebration
of the Arts, presented by the Eastern Iowa Airport, on Tuesday, November 12, 2013, from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the
Cedar Rapids Public Library, 450 Fifth Avenue SE.
The luncheon will feature a lively and entertaining
presentation, America’s Creative
Crossroads: Cultural Planning in the Midwest, by guest speaker Harlan
Brownlee, President and CEO of ArtsKC, presented by the Iowa City/Coralville
Area Convention & Visitors Bureau. The program will include live
entertainment, presentation of 2013 Collaborative and Reaching Out awards, and
recognition of the 2013 Larry Eckholt and Cultural Advocate honorees.
ArtsKC President & CEO, possesses a passion for the arts guided by a
disciplined approach to change. Understanding the transformational power that
the arts have to improve the quality of life for a community, he has led ArtsKC
in developing community partnerships dedicated to ensuring access to the arts and
cultural development for the region. Brownlee has worked for twenty-eight years
in the arts field as a performing artist, arts educator, and arts
administrator. From 2005 to 2009, he served as the Executive Director for
Kansas City Young Audiences, a non-profit dedicated to engaging all youth in
the arts, promoting creativity, and inspiring success in education.
Mr. Brownlee is
on the Kennedy Center’s national touring roster for the Partners in Education
program and has conducted master classes, workshops and residencies extensively
in the Midwest and throughout the United States. In addition, he has been an
adjunct professor for Rockhurst University’s School of Education and the
University of Missouri – Kansas City’s School of Education. Since 1996, Harlan
has served as a consultant for the Missouri Department of Elementary and
Secondary Education and as a member of the Fine Arts Task Force.
received his B.F.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where he was
educated as a dancer and choreographer. His performance background includes
work for thirteen years as one of the Artistic Co-Directors with City in Motion
Dance Theater in Kansas City, Missouri. Mr. Brownlee received his M.A. in
Educational Research and Psychology from the University of Missouri – Kansas
City. Harlan serves as the Regional Vice-President for Missouri Citizens for
the Arts (MCA), Missouri Association of Community Arts Agencies (MACAA) and
Kansas City Missouri’s Downtown Council’s boards. He is a Past-President of the
Missouri Dance Educators Organization (MDEO), former board member for the
Kansas City School of the Arts (KCSA) former board member for the Missouri
Alliance for Arts Education (MAAE), and a past Associate Editor for the
Teaching Artist Journal.
Celebration of the Arts is ICCA’s annual meeting event, intended to elevate the awareness
of the artistic and cultural organizations in the Corridor and to celebrate the
outstanding collaborations of ICCA partners. All ICCA partners, business
partners, friends, and community members are invited to attend.
Tickets are $25 for individuals or $200 for a table
of eight. To attend, please register online at www.culturalcorridor.org/celebrationofthearts
or call 319.849.8ART (8278) by Tuesday, November 5.
Celebration of the Arts is sponsored by the Eastern Iowa Airport. The keynote
presentation by guest speaker Harlan Brownlee is sponsored by the Iowa
City/Coralville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau. Additional support for
the program is provided by Alliant Energy and Hills Bank and Trust Company.
The Iowa Cultural Corridor Alliance (www.culturalcorridor.org) is a
network of more than 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