Culture Wire

Sponsored by the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs

The INF is excited to announce a new content partnership with the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs (IDCA). Entitled “Iowa Culture Wire”, the IDCA will provide a quarterly arts and culture article series to INA members– who may utilize the content free of charge in their newspapers.

From the IDCA:

“The series offers fresh stories about arts, history, film and culture from the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs. With solid reporting, stylish writing and lively photos, this publish-ready content covers every corner of the state to help readers discover the people and places that make Iowa such a fascinating place to live.”

About the writers:

Michael Morain covered arts and culture for the Des Moines Register from 2005 to 2016 before becoming the communications manager at the Department of Cultural Affairs. He is a two-time fellow of the National Endowment for the Arts Institute for Arts Journalism and (more important) the nephew and grandson of two INA Master Editor-Publishers: Rick Morain and the late Fred Morain of Jefferson.

Jeff Morgan has served the Department of Cultural Affairs since 2004, following two decades of experience in public relations, and journalism. He has formerly worked for Des Moines Performing Arts (formerly the Des Moines Civic Center), the Des Moines Register, Des Moines Business Record, Iowa City Press-Citizen and various Meredith Corp. publications.


The current series of articles is available to download today. The series covers the following topics:

An innovative stained-glass restoration project in Dubuque offers a glimpse into the past and, for the project's trainees, some new job opportunities for the future. A sidebar includes 5 tips for caring for old stained glass.

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The soundtrack of Iowa started long before Antonin Dvorak visited Spillville and will continue long after Slipknot's last concert in Des Moines. More communities across the state are using local music history to make the case for historic preservation.

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Iowa Poet Laureate Debra Marquart recommends poetry as a simple antidote to the stress and anxiety of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

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