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Full STEAM Ahead: Arts Education in Iowa

Kelly Gau
Lake Mills High School Marching Band performing "To Honor the Fallen and Thank the Living."


On this edition of Talk of Iowa host Charity Nebbe talks with art educators who took part in the state's first ever Iowa Arts Education Summit. Nearly 400 arts educators came together in Des Moines in June to share knowledge and to learn about how to implement Iowa's new Fine Arts Standards, which were adopted in 2017. 

Our guest educators discuss how these new standards are working for students, some of the challenges they're facing, how the standards have affected their teaching and where they see Iowa's arts education heading into the future.

Guests include:

  • Leon Kuehner; Executive Director, Iowa Alliance for Arts Education
  • Robin Spahr; Education Director, Des Moines Community Playhouse
  • Nate Sletten; Lake Mills Band Director
  • Valerie Williams; Director of Co'Motion Dance Theater


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Charity Nebbe is the host of IPR's Talk of Iowa
Rick Brewer was a producer for IPR's Talk of Iowa and River to River