IowaArt's vision is to encourage, support, and strengthen history, art, and culture in Northeast Iowa by providing a platform that enables community members, interested citizens, and even those living outside the Northeast Iowa area to support the sites, organizations, and resources of the region.
Art resources are the diverse range of human activities creating visual or performance art, including painting, sculpture, music, theater, and dance. These artifacts express the author or maker's imaginative and technical skills, and may incorporate other elements such as history or culture. Art may be characterized in terms of mimesis, expression, communication of emotion, or other qualities. Artistic resources are intended to be appreciated for their beauty, workmanship, and/or emotional power and are meant to be interpreted by the viewer. Though the definition of art varies over time and between individuals, we will consider art anything stemming from human agency that displays creativity or technical skills. Collectively, these diverse art resources tell the story of the Northeast Iowa.
Historic resources are the legacies of the past that are associated with physical elements of the landscape. These physical elements can be natural or man-made, reflect the actions of people, and may include buildings, archaeological sites, people, examples of human activity, and themes. Historic features can be inventoried, mapped, and interpreted. They possess integrity of location, design, setting, material, workmanship, feeling, and association. These historic resources have shaped the Northeast Iowa region's past, and by doing so, have impacted its present. They educate the viewer, stir an appreciation of the past, and influence our future.
Cultural resources shape the feel of the Northeast Iowa region and impact its sense of place. Cultural resources are the expressions of customs or traditions of a distinct group of people, including, but not limited to, art, music, festivals, experiences, food, ethnic traditions, and heritage. Artistic resources such as visual art, performing art, public art, opportunities to create art, and live performances are a significant element of cultural quality.