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:

Donna Reed was born 100 years ago in Denison and will be posthumously inducted into the Iowa Women's Hall of Fame during a virtual ceremony on Nov. 6 in recognition of her leadership as an advocate, writer, director and producer during an era when Hollywood reserved most of those jobs for men. To celebrate, the state office of film and media production compiled a list of 10 episodes of "The Donna Reed Show" that are worth revisiting.

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Historical institutions and art museums all over the world have been digitizing their collections for years, but those efforts accelerated with the Covid pandemic, when organizations wanted to connect with patrons online even while their brick-and-mortar buildings were closed. Here in Iowa, the State Historical Museum of Iowa as well as museums at Luther College and Iowa State University created virtual tours, webinars and at-home activities -- all built around their new-and-improved online catalogs.

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