Iowa Culture showcases arts, history and cultural destinations in Iowa. With more than 3,500 sites across 99 counties covering 56,272 square miles, the possibilities are endless.
You can use Iowa Culture to find art, history, and culture. Search places by category and location, browse featured tours and see what’s nearby no matter where you are in the state. By saving your favorite places and creating your own tour, you can use the app to plan a cultural Iowa getaway, or simply enjoy learning about Iowa Culture from the comfort of your home.
Whether you are ready to take a road trip or want to rediscover your local community – the arts, history, and culture are closer than you think. Bringing together nearly 2,000 historic sites including historic schools, theaters, barns, and museums, more than 600 art experiences including public art, museums and performing arts centers, and many more of Iowa’s hidden gems, the Iowa Culture mobile app makes available an unprecedented inventory of cultural experiences.
The app tells the stories of Iowans like Frank Phillips, a Southwest Iowa farm kid who became an entrepreneur. By the time he was 24, he owned three barbershops in Creston and had married the bank president’s daughter. Phillips, his father, and brother-in-law started an oil company in Oklahoma and eventually struck oil! They consolidated all their holdings into the Phillips Petroleum Company, best known for its Phillips 66 gas stations. Frank Phillips never lived in Creston again, but he maintained connections to the community, including building an early Phillips 66 gas station on US Highway 34. In 1996, that Phillips 66 gas station was restored, complete with the original company colors of orange and green. The building, celebrating a native son, now serves as a Visitor Center and offices for Union County Tourism.
The app showcases Iowa arts though exhibitions like Art on the River, an annual public art exhibit on Dubuque’s Mississippi Riverwalk. Every year, ten pieces of public art are installed on the river walk and become a centerpiece of the city’s revitalized Port of Dubuque.
All in all, Iowa Culture tells the story of Iowa, how our state developed and matured and the people who nurtured it along the way.
Within the app you will also find featured tours, showcasing different parts of the state. Many of these tours coincide with local festivals or notable events. Currently, you’ll find tours of State Capitol Monuments, the Freedom Trail, Iowa State Fairgrounds and State Historic Sites.
This inventory will continue to grow as new locations are discovered. You can submit new places and photos from within the app or online at iowacultureapp.com.
You can help us launch the new Iowa Culture mobile app over the next two months by sharing your most creative selfie at any of the cultural sites found in the mobile app. Follow Iowa Culture on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, take a selfie and share you it with #iowaculture for a chance to win exclusive experiences at some of Iowa’s unique cultural destinations including the American Gothic House, Grant Wood Art Colony, Historic Park Inn and the Englert Theatre! For more details and official rules, visit iowacultureapp.com.
Travel Iowa maintains a number of great platforms promoting the state, as well as a fantastic calendar of events. The Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs is pleased to augment that with a new app, specifically dedicated to arts, history and culture from river to river and border.
Iowa Culture is a project by the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs. The department empowers Iowa to build and sustain culturally vibrant communities by connecting Iowans to the people, places, and points of pride that define our state.