Cultural Opportunities

Music

Iowa has a vibrant music scene, featuring both talented amateurs as well as nationally known tours. There really isn’t one place you can go and find out about every live performance. The best way to find out about live music in your area is to look at the website of your local paper; most papers have an entertainment section or free weekly community newspaper that lists local events. To find your local paper: http://www.inanews.com/about/findaniowanewspaper.php.

Lectures

Many groups hold lectures around the state. The group will bring in a speaker on a certain topic related to the group member’s interests. Many times, these are free and open tot he public. Some of the groups that sponsor lectures are:

  • State Universities (Iowa State, University of Iowa, University of Northern Iowa)
  • Iowa International Center
  • Public Libraries
  • Specific International Groups (Asian Society, Bosnian Groups, etc.)
  • Private Universities (Drake University, Grandview University, Grinnell College)

These will often be listed in the free weekly newspapers mentioned above. You can also use Google to find subjects you are interested in- type in “lecture” and the city you are in. If you are interested in a specific group or organization, they will probably have an email list you can sign up to be on, which means you will receive an email notification about future events and interesting programs.

Films

Iowa offers all new releases and some classics with its movie theater selection. You may find a list of all the movie theatres in Iowa here http://goo.gl/J2aRx

Ethnic Groups

Iowa is a vastly diverse place. It serves as home to numerous different ethnic groups including, but not limited to, African-Americans, American Indians .Hispanics/Latinos, Hmong, Burmese, Afghani, Laotion, Swahili, Vietnamese, Chinese, Bosnian, Egyptian, Iraqi, Iranian, Japanese, Nuer, Tai Dam, Sudanese, just to name a few! You can find out more about a specific group and their activities and events by looking at our multilingual resource guide.

Another way to see if there is a group near you is to Google your city, and the nationality you are interested in, such as “Des Moines” and “Burmese”.

Cultural Opportunities

Music

Iowa has a vibrant music scene, featuring both talented amateurs as well as nationally known tours. There really isn’t one place you can go and find out about every live performance. The best way to find out about live music in your area is to look at the website of your local paper; most papers have an entertainment section or free weekly community newspaper that lists local events. To find your local paper: http://www.inanews.com/about/findaniowanewspaper.php.

Lectures

Many groups hold lectures around the state. The group will bring in a speaker on a certain topic related to the group member’s interests. Many times, these are free and open tot he public. Some of the groups that sponsor lectures are:

  • State Universities (Iowa State, University of Iowa, University of Northern Iowa)
  • Iowa International Center
  • Public Libraries
  • Specific International Groups (Asian Society, Bosnian Groups, etc.)
  • Private Universities (Drake University, Grandview University, Grinnell College)

These will often be listed in the free weekly newspapers mentioned above. You can also use Google to find subjects you are interested in- type in “lecture” and the city you are in. If you are interested in a specific group or organization, they will probably have an email list you can sign up to be on, which means you will receive an email notification about future events and interesting programs.

Films

Iowa offers all new releases and some classics with its movie theater selection. You may find a list of all the movie theatres in Iowa here http://goo.gl/J2aRx

Ethnic Groups

Iowa is a vastly diverse place. It serves as home to numerous different ethnic groups including, but not limited to, African-Americans, American Indians .Hispanics/Latinos, Hmong, Burmese, Afghani, Laotion, Swahili, Vietnamese, Chinese, Bosnian, Egyptian, Iraqi, Iranian, Japanese, Nuer, Tai Dam, Sudanese, just to name a few! You can find out more about a specific group and their activities and events by looking at our multilingual resource guide.

Another way to see if there is a group near you is to Google your city, and the nationality you are interested in, such as “Des Moines” and “Burmese”.