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.

Arts Share Workshops


Future Workshops to be posted shortly.

Arts Share Virtual Library

To view any video below, please request a viewing link from artshare@uiowa.edu.


A Brief History of Jazz

Learn about the history of jazz with students in the University of Iowa jazz department! Musicians in the UI jazz combo, PENTrio plus Cole demonstrate different styles and discuss the roles of their instruments.
Black History Month (February)


Voxman Music Building Virtual Tour

Welcome to the Voxman School of Music! Our student ambassador will show you around the building and explain how music students of all backgrounds and interests can enjoy the new facility.  The video includes excerpts from performances by the Iowa Percussion Ensemble and the YANA String Quartet, as well as a performance on the amazing Klais organ.


How Raccoon Got his Stripes
This is an Indigenous Storytelling tale that has been passed down through centuries of oral tradition, in Native America from the Wasco nation.  Adapted by Brent Florendo into a children’s theatre play, it is performed by Dakari Harleston.  There are traditional teachings and universal truths presented in the story of How Raccoon Got His Stripes.  
Native American Heritage Month (November)


Face Truth/Face Self: Creative Arts in Response to Social Injustice
Centered on noteworthy incidents where Black lives were unjustly taken, student and local professional performers from across the spectrum of the creative arts internalize and interpret these atrocities into performances that reflect and interpret the angst of these atrocities in a way that only the arts are capable of doing.

Black History Month (February)


Meet the Orchestra

Come meet the orchestra and learn about the strings, winds, brass, and percussion in this brief introduction to the Orchestra!