About ICCA

A Community Resource for Arts, Culture and Entertainment


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What is ICCA?

The Iowa Cultural Corridor Alliance (ICCA) is a partnership of cultural organizations throughout eleven counties in and around Iowa’s Creative Corridor. The mission of ICCA is to promote the varied cultural activities of its partner organizations and to nurture a sustainable cultural community.

ICCA is the community resource for Arts, Culture and Entertainment, offering our members and the community advocacy-focused events, educational programming, professional development, and arts and culture awareness.

ICCA Brochure

Learn about all the things the Iowa Cultural Corridor Alliance does and how you can get involved.

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ICCA Mission, Vision, and Values

What does ICCA believe in and what is our purpose? Find out here.

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Partnership Benefits

In order to be successful, ICCA and their partners have a vested interest in their alliance relationship.

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Partnership Application

Partnerships are for nonprofit arts, cultural, and governmental organizations like museums, libraries, and performing arts centers.

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Business Partnership Application

Business Partnerships are for individuals and for-profit organizations whose primary mission is arts and culture.

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Friends of ICCA

People and organizations who wish to support the mission and activities of ICCA may contribute to the organization’s success by becoming a Friend of ICCA.

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Partner with the Alliance

As professionals in the arts and culture sector, both ICCA and its partner organizations understand that to succeed, both parties must have a vested interest in the alliance relationship. Thus, ICCA focuses not on memberships, which can be construed as a one-way relationship, but instead on partnerships, where both parties must assist in making the relationship work.

ICCA partnerships take two forms: Partners (nonprofit arts and cultural/governmental organizations) and Business Partners (individuals and for-profit organizations whose primary mission is related to arts and culture or who would believes in ICCA’s mission and vision and would like to participate). Both types of partners receive many benefits through their yearly dues, which are outlined below in the application documents.

Add and Discover Events

This site was created to provide a “one stop shop” for residents and visitors to the Corridor to find out what is happening in the area. Our partner organizations add their events to this site so that those interested in arts and cultural happenings can find out what is going on and when in a centralized location.

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ICCA Staff

Nathan Shepard, Coordinator

Nathan Shepard joined the Iowa Cultural Corridor Alliance in March 2014. As coordinator, he assists the board of directors and the Alliance’s partners in their efforts to strengthen and advance the Corridor region and the arts and culture sector through unique public and private partnerships, advocacy and awareness of cultural opportunities.

Shepard comes to ICCA with a range of experience working in the arts and culture community. He has volunteered and worked at several local organizations, including the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art and the African American Museum of Iowa.

Shepard has resided in several communities in the Corridor: Mt. Vernon, Iowa City, and Coralville. He earned a B.A. in History and Art from Cornell College and an M.A. in Art History from the University of Iowa.

You can contact Nathan at info@culturalcorridor.org.

Partnership Teams

Marketing Team

The ICCA Marketing Team consists of board members and partner organization representatives interested in assisting with marketing efforts for the Alliance and partner organizations. The team meets once per month to plan and implement ICCA/Cultural Corridor marketing initiatives. If you are interested in serving on the ICCA Marketing Team, please contact us.

Programming Team

The ICCA Programming Team consists of board members and partner organization representatives interested in coordinating professional development sessions and networking opportunities for ICCA partners. The team meets once per month to plan upcoming events. If you are interested in serving on the ICCA Programming Team, please contact us.

Advocacy Team

The ICCA Advocacy Team consists of board members and partner organization representatives interested in coordinating arts advocacy efforts on an ongoing basis. ICCA believes that effective advocacy must take place every day. There has never been a more important time to advocate for arts and culture than NOW. This team plans advocacy efforts and events like Cultural Advocacy Day at the Iowa State Capitol in Des Moines. If you are interested in serving on the ICCA Advocacy Team, please contact us.

Board of Directors

Elizabeth Kimmel, President

Katie Colletta, Vice President
Old Creamery Theatre

Teresa Stenstrup, Secretary
National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library

Debra Brooks, Board Member

David Law, Board Member

Emma McClatchey, Board Member
Little Village

Monica Nieves, Ex Officio Board Member
Think Iowa City

Scott Olinger, Board Member
Cornell College

Anne Ohrt, Board Member
Orchestra Iowa

Jamie Siefken
Cedar Ridge Winery and Distillery

Back row (left to right): Anne Ohrt, Katie Colletta, Elizabeth Kimmel, Monica Nieves
Front row (left to right): Debbie Brooks, Teresa Stenstrup, Scott Olinger
Not pictured: Emma McClatchy, David Law

Interested in joining the board? Email us for information.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I list my upcoming arts and cultural events on the Cultural Corridor website?

Yes! In order to list events on the site, you must be a partner of the Iowa Cultural Corridor Alliance. If you are not interested in becoming a partner of the Alliance, you may post arts and cultural events on the Cultural Corridor website for a fee of $25 per event for nonprofit organizations and $50 per event for for-profit organizations.

I'm interested in joining ICCA's Board of Directors, what are the expectations?

If you are serious and passionate about improving the vibrant arts community of our area we would love to have you join the Board of Directors! ICCA relies on its dedicated volunteer board members to spearhead many of its projects and act as the organization’s decision-making body. Board members serve a two year term, which may be renewed once. Board members are expected to attend the monthly board meeting, currently held on the fourth Monday of each month at 4:00PM. Although it is not a requirement that you work for, or are affiliated with, an ICCA Partner organization, most board members are involved with the arts and culture community of the Iowa City-Cedar Rapids area. Please send an email to info@culturalcorridor.org for more information about the application process.

I’d like to list my event using the one-time posting option listed above. Who do I contact and what information do I provide?

The following information is needed for a one time posting: name of event, organization hosting event, date/time/location of event, cost and how to get tickets, contact person (including email and phone), and any additional information about the event. A photo is optional but must be under 50K in size. All of this information can be e-mailed to ICCA. Please note that a press release is not sufficient to create a posting – information must be provided answering the questions listed above. An invoice will be provided to your organization for payment.

Why does it cost money to list events on the Cultural Corridor website?

The Cultural Corridor website was designed as a service to Corridor communities. To continue to provide this service for free, we must charge a small fee to post events on the Cultural Corridor site. Our partners do not have to pay this fee, as they pay yearly dues to our organization for access to post to the site as well as other benefits.

Why isn't the event I am looking for listed on your website?

If you don’t see a particular individual or organization’s events, it is because they are not an ICCA partner. If the individual or organization that you are searching for is an ICCA partner (they are listed on the Organizations Tab of the website), the organization has yet to post the event. Each ICCA partner is responsible for updating their events on the ICCA calendar. Feel free to visit that organization’s website to learn more about these events.

Can individuals and for-profit businesses become ICCA partners?

For-profit companies, individuals, and other organizations wishing to list events on CulturalCorridor.org are welcome to apply to be ICCA Friends and Business Partners.

Can I list events happening outside of the Corridor?

The Iowa Cultural Corridor Alliance defines the Corridor as Linn, Johnson, and the nine adjacent counties. Events listed on the Cultural Corridor website must take place within this area to be added.

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Weekly Update

Each Wednesday, the Iowa Cultural Corridor Alliance sends a weekly update to its partners and others in the Corridor that are interested in arts and culture. The update includes, selected weekend events, information about what ICCA is working on, new partners of the Alliance, calls for artists, available arts jobs in the region, and grant opportunities. Please sign up below if you would like to receive the ICCA Weekly Update.

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