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Celebration of the Arts Will Feature Keynote Speaker Harlan Brownlee
Posted: 10/24/2013


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.


Harlan Brownlee, 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.

Mr. Brownlee 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 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 ( 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 community.




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