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DEPARTMENT PERFORMANCE

DEPARTMENT PERFORMANCE

Cultural Affairs

Chris Kramer, Acting Director

Mission Statement:
The Department of Cultural Affairs empowers Iowa to build and sustain culturally vibrant communities by connecting Iowans to the people, places and points of pride that define our state.

Measures:
Number of people impacted by arts projects funded by Iowa Arts Council
Connecting Iowa's children with their past
Using State Historical Society of Iowa collections

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Highlighted Measure:

Number of people impacted by grant programs administered by the Iowa Arts Council.

Data Source: Department of Cultural Affairs

Updates available annually.

Updated 10/27/2017

GRAPH - Number of People Impacted by Arts Projects Funded by the Iowa Arts Council

Why this is important:
Iowa Arts Council grant programs invest in people, projects and organizations that foster economic growth, provide access to arts learning opportunities for underserved Iowans, and enhance the cultural identity of local communities. Programs leverage private, matching funds that help attract additional financial investment to local projects and organizations that enrich the quality of life in Iowa, creating a vibrant civic environment that attracts and retains residents and visitors alike. While grant applications are not reviewed on the basis of numbers to be served, these numbers provide an indication of the robust level of arts participation throughout Iowa and the importance Iowans place on access to creative expression. All grant applications are reviewed by volunteer citizen panelists based on published criteria that prioritize public value to Iowans.


What we're doing about this:
Final reports detailing numbers of people served, as well as accountability for expenditures, are required from recipients of all Iowa Arts Council grants. Annual grant writing workshops and extensive online resources help applicants understand the state's priorities for grant-making to ensure compliance with published criteria as well as applicable state and federal law.

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Highlighted Measure:

Number of Iowa students in public, private or homeschools served by the State Historical Museum of Iowa.

 

Data Source: Department of Cultural Affairs

Updates available annually.

Updated 10/27/2017

GRAPH - School Children Served by the State Historical Society Museum

Why this is important:
The State Historical Museum of Iowa, in accordance with the Iowa Core Social Studies Standards, provides Iowa's students with the objects and stories to make Iowa's history a relevant part of today's education.


What we're doing about this:
The State Historical Museum of Iowa has expanded its educational opportunities to help educators meet the Iowa Core Social Studies Standards and to help students better understand Iowa’s past to be more productive members of the state. The educational opportunities at the State Historical Museum of Iowa have expanded beyond the museum walls with digital educational resources available for students to learn about Iowa’s history in their classroom framed in larger national and international contexts.


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Highlighted Measure:

Number of public contacts with the State Historical Society Collection.

Data Source: Department of Cultural Affairs

NOTE: Beginning in FY 2007, online catalog users are included in tracking this measure.

Updates available annually.

Updated 10/27/2017

GRAPH - Artists Experiencing Success wtih Buyiowaart.com

Why this is important:
The public accesses records at the State Historical Society of Iowa for any number of reasons - to verify eligibility for benefits such as social security, to identify and preserve historic structures, to determine family history and ancestry, to analyze public policy issues so as to be better informed citizens, to learn about Iowa's history, to view documents and photographs of Iowa's past, to achieve a sense of place. We believe a public that understands and appreciates its history is a public that will be engaged in making Iowa a better place for current and future citizens.


What we're doing about this:
Staff at the State Historical Society of Iowa's (SHSI) public research facilities in Des Moines and Iowa City continue making the state's collections more widely available. In FY2017, over 17,385,176 individual digitized historical records in the collection were viewed and/or downloaded online through partner websites. Coming in FY2019, the State Historical Society will increase access by introducing its own Collections Management System. By the implementation in FY2020, Iowans will have single-point, single-search capability across all collection holdings including Museum objects, archival records, library books, manuscripts and photographs. Improved usability metrics will allow the SHSI to measure impact and make more informed collection management decisions in real time for all citizens across Iowa's 99 counties.


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