Special Resources Related to Covid-19 for Iowa’s Arts, Culture and Creative Industries


In these uncertain times, one thing is clear: Every new solution raises new questions.

Please view this webinar hosted by the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs for Iowa artists, musicians, filmmakers, cultural organizations and creative businesses. It will help you navigate the new maze of grants, CARES Act funded programs, and other resources that have emerged amid the coronavirus pandemic.

This webinar also provides an update on state-funded cultural grants, including Iowa Arts Council grants and Historical Resource Development Program grants.

Webinar Panelists:

Chris Kramer
Director, Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs

Susan Kloewer
Administrator, State Historical Society of Iowa

David Schmitz
Administrator, Iowa Arts Council

Ryan West
Deputy Director, Iowa Workforce Development

Dave Caris
CEO, Community Bankers of Iowa

Sally Dix
Executive Director, BRAVO Greater Des Moines

COVID-19 Resources & Information

Iowa artists, musicians, filmmakers, cultural organizations and creative businesses, join the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs and Iowa Workforce Development this Wednesday at 11am for a special webinar to help navigate the new maze of grants, CARES Act funded programs, and other resources that have emerged amid the coronavirus pandemic.

There will also be an important update regarding state-funded cultural grants from the Iowa Arts Council, Produce Iowa, and Historical Resource Development Program grants from the State Historical Society of Iowa.

Register in advance for this free webinar:

RAS 19

WED MAR 11 2020

xBk Live, 1159 24th Street, Des Moines, Iowa 50311

Doors: 7:00 PM | Program: 7:30-9:00 PM

Free Admission: Tickets



Buzzed History

xBk presents Buzzed History!

You read this correctly, Buzzed History is back! Join us for a night of thrilling history and delicious drinks.

Enjoy the popular tv show we reference closely but cannot name due to copyrights? So do we! That’s why we’ve brought you drunken tales and stories, told by those brave enough to tell them.

Do you have an exciting tale to share? This month’s theme and back by popular demand, is Well Behaved Women Rarely Make History. Anyone can sign up to speak, so start brainstorming your favorite historical tales.

Interested in speaking? Sign up to be a Buzzed Historian here: https://forms.gle/pMhsYdBDwjiTm5eY9

This month’s Buzzed History’s featured cocktail is the Hanky-Panky. The Hanky-Panky was the brainchild of Ada Coleman known as Coley, who began as a bartender at the Savoy Hotel in 1903. It is a variation on the sweet martini, inasmuch as it calls for gin and sweet vermouth, but Coley’s secret ingredient was Fernet-Branca, a bitter Italian digestivo.

Drink Special: Hanky-Panky $7

Partners: History Camp Iowa

History Camp Iowa is a unique opportunity to spend a day with others from all walks of life who have a passion for history, from authors, teachers, genealogists, and students, to park rangers, museum volunteers, librarians, and individuals from other professions and backgrounds. This year’s camp is Feb 22nd at Drake University.

Hosted by Madison Ray
Admission is Free.
Monthly Theme: Well Behaved Women Rarely Make History
Wednesday Feb 19th, 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

No Shame Theater DSM

TEEHEE’S COMEDY CLUB, 1433 Walnut Street, Des Moines, Iowa 50309

MON 17 FEB 2020 – 7:30 PM

GOOD EVENING LADIES AND GENTLEMEN! It’s time for another No Shame Theater! It’s a weird sort of open mic / talent show where anything can happen. Come early if you’d like to sign up to perform and the event is FREE and open to the public to watch the chaos and talent.

There are only 3 rules to No Shame. Your performances must be original, you must not exceed 5 minutes, and you must not break anything – not yourself, not the space, not the audience, not the law.

No Shame Theater was designed with variety acts in mind. You may see comedy, poetry, circus acts, dancing, magic, performance art, story-telling and more!

So sit back, relax, tip your bartenders, and enjoy the show!

Poetry Reading at Beaverdale Books

Beaverdale Books

2629 Beaver Ave Ste S1, Des Moines, Iowa 50310

Saturday, February 15 – 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Christine Stewart and Paul Brooke will read poetry and discuss the relationship between the visual arts and writing.

South Dakota Poet Laureate Christine Stewart-Nuñez is the author of Postcard on Parchment (2008), Keeping Them Alive (2010), Untrussed (2016), and Bluewords Greening (2016), winner of the 2018 Whirling Prize. She is a Professor in the English Department at South Dakota State University.

Paul Brooke’s poetry has been published internationally in Ireland, Germany, New Zealand, and England in The Brobdingdagian Times, Litspeak, Magma, and Takahe, respectively. In the United States, his work has been featured in such journals as the North American Review, Rocky Mountain Review, International Poetry Review, Isotope: A Journal of Literary Nature and Science Writing, and the Interdisciplinary Study of Literature and the Environment.

Brooke’s books include Light and Matter: Photographs and Poems of Iowa (2008); Meditations on Egrets: Photographs and Poems of Sanibel, Florida (2010); Sirens and Seriemas: Photographs and Poems of the Amazon and Pantanal (2015) and Arm Wrestling at the Iowa State Fair (2018). He is completing Jaguars of the Northern Pantanal, which details the lives of the largest jaguars in the Americas. It is due out by Elsevier Press April 2020.

His photographs have been exhibited in Sanibel Island, Florida; Prairie City, Iowa; Des Moines, Iowa; and Ames, Iowa. Primarily a nature photographer, Brooke prides himself on getting superfine detail in his shots. His photography has taken him to Brazil, Costa Rica, Mongolia, and Nicaragua. For summer of 2018, he was awarded a two-week residency in Iceland to create Banished: Photographs and Poems of Iceland.

Dr. Brooke is a Professor of English at Grand View University in Des Moines, Iowa, where he teaches Advanced Creative Writing, Introduction to Creative Writing, Environmental Literature, Diverse Voices, Plains Indians, and Literary Theory. He was trained as an undergraduate as an ornithologist and completed his Bachelors and Masters at Iowa State University and his Ph.D. in English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Valentines Day at The Anderson Gallery

“From the Heart, It’s a Start, A Work of Art”


1310 25th Street Des Moines, Iowa 50311, Des Moines, Iowa 50311

Free and Open to All: A conversation between world-renown artists Donté Hayes, David Dunlap and Phillip Chen. Moderater: Lenore Metrick-Chen.

Please join us for “From the Heart, It’s a Start, A Work of Art:” a conversation in which these eminent artists exchange ideas about art, race, culture and other topics in an informal setting. Discussion and Reception will follow.

Valentines Day, 14 Friday February, 5:30-6:30pm