The Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs has primary responsibility for development
of the state's interest in the areas of the arts, history, and other cultural
The efforts of the department are coordinated by an administrative section that oversees:
- The State Historical Society of Iowa, a division with a dual mission of education and preservation regarding the State's history, helping Iowans connect generations – past, present and future.
- The Iowa Arts Council, a division working to enrich the quality of life for Iowans through support of the arts.
- Iowa Great Places, an initiative designed to promote bold thought, innovation, and entrepreneurship at the local and regional level in Iowa.
Mary Cownie, Director