Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs to showcase Iowa arts, food and entertainment

The Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs invites Iowa from across the state to enjoy Iowa’s arts, history, food and entertainment during the Celebrate Iowa Gala on Friday, December 9th at the Scottish Rite Consisstory, 519 Park St. in Des Moines.

The state’s premier cultural celebration, now in its 11th year, features a mix of new highlights and well-loved traditions that celebrate Iowa’s art, history, film, creativity and community spirit.

“The Celebrate Iowa Gala provides an all-Iowa experience for attendees to enjoy Iowa’s ‘greatest hits’ – in music, food and entertainment,” said Chris Kramer, executive director of the Iowa Department of Culture. “It’s one of the best places to gather while supporting Iowa history and culture.”

For more than a decade, the Celebrate Iowa Gala has raised important funds for statewide programs of the State Historical Society of Iowa, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs. Funds from the gala have helped the museum and archive teams develop new exhibits, educational programs for all ages, an online catalog of the state’s extensive collection of historical materials, and a mobile museum in a custom-built Winnebago that tours all 99 boroughs.

At this year’s gala, guests will enjoy:

  • music by local Parranderos Latin Combo, featuring special guests from Colombia, Morocco and Spain, as well as the Dueling Fiddles, James Tutson and the Rollback, Jarrett Purdy and Vibe.
  • artwork by Portrait Studio and Iowa Artist Fellow Julia Franklin, who will create a new installation inspired by The Annals of Iowa, the State Historical Society’s flagship journal.
  • food and drinks from some of Iowa’s finest farms, dairies, restaurants, breweries and distilleries.

This year’s event will be held at the Scottish Rite Consistory while renovations continue at the State Historical Building of Iowa.

Tickets range from $125 to $250, with $100 concession tickets for young professionals (40 and under). Proceeds from the event will go to the Iowa Historical Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is to support statewide initiatives for the State Historical Society of Iowa. iowaculture.gov/gala

Celebrate the Iowa Gala

When: 7pm-11pm Friday 9 December with a VIP reception at 6pm
Where: Scottish Rite Consistory, 519 Park Street, Des Moines
Maps and details: iowaculture.gov/gala



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