Iowa Ideas 2023

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Arts & Culture

Rural, urban and regional benefit to arts, culture and entertainment in Iowa.

    A hit and a myth: The reality of nonprofits as a business.

    How do you profit from being a nonprofit? A look at how the operations and financial structure of an arts and culture nonprofit are evolving to meet current needs. How are nonprofit leaders building a business model that adheres to staffing, funding sources and strategic goals?

    October 12, 2023 at 10:10AM

    • kurt strand

    • Bonnie Valverde

    • Sean Ulmer

    • Katie Hallman


    Shifts in giving

    Over the years, generational and corporate wealth have taken a dramatic turn, bringing to light the politics of fundraising. While change in giving across industries is certain, the assumption that arts and culture entities are safe is dangerous. Who leads giving in Iowa and how can individual, state and corporate advocates keep support of the arts top of mind?

    October 12, 2023 at 11:15AM

    • Leslie Wright

    • Lois Buntz

    • Jennifer Banta

    • Jenna Ramsey


    Bridging the engagement gap.

    Exposure to the arts may run plentiful for young children and older adults, but what about time in between? This session will explore ways to strengthen a young person’s journey in the arts cycle, with a special focus on opportunities after college that could engage a life-long artist, administrator, or patron

    October 12, 2023 at 1:20PM

    • Tim Hankewich

    • Keegan Colleta Hockfeldt


    Support for diverse artists.

    What do individuals from diverse backgrounds need to reach their full artistic potential? How have successful artists overcome obstacles when conditions for support are challenged? In addition to diversity, equity and inclusion, how are local arts communities fostering a sense of belonging for everyone who wants to participate?

    October 12, 2023 at 2:25PM

    • Antonio Chalmers (aka DJ Antonio "Tone Da Boss" Chalmers)

    • Heather Wagner

    • Caleb Rainey


    Intersection: A new era of volunteers, The significance of interactions, Civic engagement-who will step up?

    The need for volunteers has not decreased, but the number of people willing to give their time and talents has. From arts to civic service, what’s behind the waning interest in volunteerism? What has incentivized people to volunteer in the past, and how has that changed? Why are people so hesitant to take that step – whether it’s volunteering at a fundraiser or running for local office, and what can be done to turn it around?

    October 13, 2023 at 8:30AM

    • Jami Harberl

    • Nikki Wilcox

    • Raymond Siddell


    The role of art in successful communities.

    Public art is often a key ingredient when identifying and promoting the unique elements of a strong community. How does art address the origin of a community story? This session will look at artistic collaborations among neighborhoods and explore how communities include representatives of the arts when it comes to strategic planning and promotion of their cities.

    October 13, 2023 at 9:40AM

    • Zack Jones

    • Nick Ludwig or Molly Monk

    • Ellen Hampe Alexander

    • Teva Dawson


    The dynamics of an arts and culture board

    Who has historically led arts advocacy at a board level? What does it look like today? Are we meeting the needs of the organizations who rely on board members to help achieve their strategic goals?

    October 13, 2023 at 10:45AM

    • LaNisha Cassell

    • Sarah Blais

    • Angie Dethlefs-Trettin

    • Angelica Vannatta

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