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Fine Arts Education During A Pandemic School Year

Markus Spiske

When reports of a fatal COVID-19 super spreading event at a rehearsal for the Skagit Valley Chorale in Washington state broke, it became clear that singing, without protection, was one of the most effective ways to spread the virus.

Along with the sickness and death of a number of high-profile musicians and performers early in the pandemic, rehearsals and performances came to a halt pretty much everywhere. Fine arts educators quickly pivoted and came up with incredibly creative techniques to keep students learning, playing and even performing.

On this edition of Talk of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe checks in with a variety of Iowa arts educators to talk about how they coped and what they learned from this year.


  • Leon Kuehner, executive director, Iowa Alliance for Arts Education
  • Annie Chapman Brewer, private music instructor and performer based in Iowa City
  • Robin Spahr, education director, Des Moines Community Playhouse
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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