The Iowa Arts Council empowers Iowa to build and sustain culturally vibrant communities by cultivating creativity, learning and participation in the arts.

Established in 1967, the Iowa Arts Council serves as Iowa’s state arts agency and works in collaboration with its federal agency partner, the National Endowment for the Arts, and regional arts partner, Arts Midwest, to carry out its mission.  To find out more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit

The Iowa Arts Council’s 2022-2026 strategic plan reinforces these efforts and identifies goals that remain central to its ongoing work and updated priorities.