The Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs is asking  Iowans to participate in a statewide series of "Community Conversations" designed to garner ideas to shape the future of arts, history and culture in Iowa.


The conversations will be held in conjunction with the development of revitalization plans for the State Historical Building of Iowa. Read more about the needs of the Historical Building in this Business Record article


"Since the State Historical Building is the hub for the Department of Cultural Affairs, it serves as the heart and soul of our statewide outreac. ... We are ... (gathering) input about the visitor experience at the State Historical Building, the department and how we can better serve the state," said Mary Cownie, the department's executive director, said in a news release. 


Meetings are scheduled this month in Cedar Rapids, Council Bluffs, Decorah, Des Moines, Dubuque, Elk Horn, Fairfield, Fort Dodge, Grinnell, Iowa City and Coralville, Marshalltown, Mason City, Mount Pleasant, Muscatine, Orange City, Osceola, Quad Cities, Red Oak, Sioux City, Spencer and Waterloo. Each meeting will include a brief introduction from the department, followed by an active discussion facilitated by the department's master planning consultant, Lord Cultural Resources.


RSVP for one of the conversations online. Those who cannot attend but want to participate may join the conversation on the department's website.