Support the IAAE “Model of Excellence” Mentor Program Fundraising Campaign

The Iowa legislature appropriated $25,000 to be matched by IAAE. Your donation will ensure that IAAE’s mentoring program provides support to first and second year fine arts teachers in rural and urban communities across the state of Iowa.


Donate Online
Donate directly to IAAE using PayPal or with a Debit Card or Credit Card using the link on the left side of our website.

Send a check to: 
Iowa Alliance for Arts Education
Martha Kroese, IAAE Treasurer
2102 Minnetonka Dr. 
Cedar Falls, IA 50613-1520
(Please indicate Mentor Program on the memo line).

Amazon Smile Giving
Go to and set “Iowa Alliance for Arts Education” as your charitable organization. If you have already used Amazon Smile Giving in support of another organization, please remember to change your “Supporting” choice to “Iowa Alliance for Arts Education” right underneath the search bar.

“Model of Excellence” Mentoring Program Expands Offerings

Starting in January of 2021, the mentoring program will offer these additional programs to assist teachers in COVID 19 instruction:

  • IAAE will cover the cost of subscription fees/purchase price for digital content used for either in-person, hybrid, or virtual instruction. This content can be used for improvement of the beginning teacher’s teaching skills or classroom instruction. (2 applications allowed for expenses during the 2020-2021 school year).
  • IAAE will also compensate school districts for the cost of virtual master classes on fine arts instruction. The presenters of the master class will be compensated at a rate of $100 per presentation/clinic. Since the funds for this program are appropriated by the Iowa legislature, we are asking that the master class presenters are Iowa residents. (4 applications allowed for expenses during the 2020-2021 school year).

IAAE Statement on Diversity and Inclusion

The Iowa Alliance for Arts Education is an organization where all employees, board members, and volunteers- regardless of gender, race ethnicity, national origin, age, sexual orientation or disability- feel valued and respected.  We respect and value diverse life experiences and heritages and strive to ensure that all voices are valued and heard.  We are committed to modeling diversity and inclusion for the entire arts education nonprofit sector and maintaining an inclusive environment with equitable treatment for all.  To provide informed leadership for cultural equity, IAAE strives to:

  • See diversity, equity, and inclusion as connected to our mission and to the arts communities we serve
  • Acknowledge and dismantle inequities within our policies and programs
  • Practice and encourage transparent communication
  • Commit time and resources to expand more diverse leadership within our board and advisory boards
  • Lead with respect and tolerance

The Iowa Alliance for Arts Education is the umbrella organization for state arts organizations

The primary mission of the IAAE is to increase awareness, recognition and support of policies, practices, and partnerships that ensure and advance quality arts education for all Iowans.

What does the Alliance do ?

  • Provide a UNIFIED message with strength in numbers, acting as one state arts education advocacy association. This includes continual contact and coordinated leadership with all of the major arts education associations, the Iowa Department of Education, the Iowa Arts Council, the Iowa Association of School Boards, the School Administrators of Iowa and AEA consultants responsible for arts support in our schools, who operate as collaborative and advisory organizations for IAAE.
  • Provide a strong voice for arts inclusion education for the whole child in those discussions, in which proposed education changes take place, affecting arts education on state and national levels. This includes assistance in proactive and reactive advocacy to maintain quality arts programs.
  • Provide and administer a Mentor Program for beginning arts teachers funded in part from the Iowa Legislature.
  • Provide arts education information and professional development resources in areas current to member needs.
  • Provide assistance in proactive and reactive advocacy to maintain quality arts programs.

In addition, we have an active, working board including members from arts education and other community arts education supporters.

Our Executive Director represents all members at various conferences, collaborations, partnerships and communications to advance our mission at a state and national level.