With its top-ranked arts programs, the University of Iowa attracts some of the best students and faculty in the country.  The Office of Community Engagement (OCE) is committed to working with faculty and students to advance their arts practices and sharing the UI’s arts resources with the rest of the state.  Artists from the Division of Performing Arts, Writers’ Workshop and International Writing Program, the School of Art & Art History, and more, are available for workshops, performances, and public art commissions in communities throughout Iowa.  The Grant Wood Art Colony (GWAC) and Arts Share work collaboratively on arts projects and mentorship programs.

Grant Wood Art Colony


The Grant Wood Art Colony (GWAC) celebrates the life and legacy of Iowa's most famous artist, Grant Wood. After painting one of the most recognizable images in the world, American Gothic, Wood joined the University of Iowa faculty. Each year, the Colony provides three fellowships in Painting & Drawing, Printmaking, and Interdisciplinary Performance. GWAC Fellows have shared their talents in K-12 schools, museums, and performance venues, and have mentored student artists who are honing their skills in engaged practice.

GWAC sits within the Office of Community Engagement to encourage cross-disciplinary exploration and innovation between the Grant Wood Fellows and Iowa's faculty and students.

Arts Share


Arts Share coordinates 300+ events per year, including workshops and performances, in communities across the state. From scheduling ensemble tours such as UI Dance Company, the Iowa Steel Band, and Darwin Turner Action Theatre, to readings by writers from the world-renowned Writers Workshop, the Arts Share program is committed to filling gaps in arts programming and bringing arts to under-served communities.

To learn more about opportunities to bring arts to your community, please contact Arts Share at artshare@uiowa.edu, or contact the Arts Share director at leslie-finer@uiowa.edu.

ArtsShare Workshops


Fellow Talk Margarita BlushFeb, Grant Wood Art Colony
Monday, February 22th, 2021
7:30-8:30 pm, virtual via Zoom


My Voice: Creating Original Theatre Inspired by Personal Experiences and Fueled by Societal Issues 

Hosted by the Stanley Museum of Art


Join us on Zoom at: https://uiowa.zoom.us/j/96930512171


"Writers Unmuffled" hosted by Michaeljulius, a Virtual Student Reading
Thursday, February 25th, 2021
7:00 pm, virtual webinar via Zoom


UI Arts Share, a program in the Office of Community Engagement, is presenting a virtual student Reading, Writers Unmuffled, Thursday, Feb. 25th 7:00 p.m. During this Zoom event, five University of Iowa graduate student writers from a variety of genres (nonfiction, fiction, poetry, screenwriting, playwriting, and translation), will each give a five to eight minute reading and will field questions from the Zoom audience. Come join us as these writers allow their imagination to unmask for an evening of thought provoking readings!


Register for ZOOM EVENT


UI Percussion Arts Share Community Concert
Saturday, February 27th, 2021
3:00 pm, virtual via LiveStream


Iowa Percussion and the Iowa Steel Band will present a concert titled “All You Need is Love.” Originally a Valentine’s Day Concert, the program was rescheduled because of the late start of the Spring semester due to COVID.

The event will be livestreamed at: