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Mission and Purpose

The Department of Cultural Affairs has primary responsibility for development of the state's interest in the areas of the arts, history, and other cultural matters. In fulfilling this responsibility, the department is advised and assisted by its two divisions: the State Historical Society of Iowa and its board of trustees, and the Iowa Arts Council.

The department's director is Mary Cownie, who is appointed by the governor, subject to confirmation by the senate, and serves at the pleasure of the governor.The department has primary responsibility for development of the state's interest in the areas of the arts, history, and other cultural issues. In fulfilling this responsibility, the department will be advised and assisted by the State Historical Society of Iowa and its board of trustees, and the Iowa Arts Council board.

The department is responsible for:

The department consists of the following divisions:

The director may create, combine, eliminate, alter or reorganize the organization of the department by rule.

The department by rule may also establish advisory groups necessary for the receipt of federal funds or grants or the administration of any of the department's programs.

The director:

 

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