Iowa is a creative state. As home to one of the 40 most arts-vibrant cities (Des Moines) and one of the top 10 small creative cities (Iowa City) in the U.S. - along with art-filled main streets, cultural and entertainment districts, and creative communities from river to river - Iowa abounds with arts and culture.

Iowa is fertile ground for artists, artisans, and creatives of all kinds. Nearly 40,000 Iowans work in the creative sector — from designers, filmmakers, and culinary professionals to creative writers, visual artists and culture bearers. Dance, theatre and musical performers are also part of the creative sector.

Artists and creatives are embedded into the fabric of every Iowa community and are at work every day preserving our heritage, documenting our stories, and imagining our future.