Northwest Iowans are invited to join a Community Conversation sponsored by the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs. Discussion will focus on northwest Iowans’ visions for the future related to arts, culture and history — locally and statewide.

Local forums are being held in Sioux City Tuesday, July 29 at 4:00pm at the Sioux City Public Museum, and in Orange City Wednesday, July 30 at 9:00am at the Northwestern College Vermeer Dining Room. A forum was held July 9 in Spencer.

The Department of Cultural Affairs oversees the Iowa Arts Council, the State Historical Society and Produce Iowa – State Office of Media Production.

According to Janine Calsbeek of the Orange City Arts Council, the conversations will include discussions on what’s important in local communities related to arts, history and culture. Where is funding needed, both locally and statewide? The revitalization of the State Historical Building will be part of the conversation. Chris Kramer from the Department of Cultural Affairs will be part of the forums.

Twenty Department of Cultural Affairs Community Conversations are being held in Iowa in July.

RSVP or give input at www.culturalaffairs.org. For more information, call 712-707-4885 or check orangecityarts.net.