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At The Englert, we believe in the power of education through an artistic lens to inspire, empower, and transform lives. Our mission is to provide accessible and innovative opportunities that foster creativity and critical thought, cultivate talent, and nurture a lifelong appreciation for the arts.

Nonfiction Writing Fellowship

The Nonfiction Writing Fellowship, now in its sixth year, was created in partnership with the University of Iowa to support the professional development of one student in the Writers’ Workshop each year by providing close access to The Englert’s arts programming and resources. This year, the fellow will be integrated as a pillar of The Englert’s newly designed education program by leading a pair of creative writing workshops that explore the relationship between nonfiction and community empowerment.

The first Nonfiction Writing Workshop of the year will be held on May 24 for students from South East Junior High School.

This event is kindly sponsored by Blick Art Materials.

Arts Administration Internship

The Arts Administration Internship program at The Englert aims to provide exposure to non-profit arts administration for late high school and early college-age youth interested in the industry.

The 10-week program will give interns practical and theoretical knowledge and skills in a variety of arts administration topics like programming, marketing, development, and event planning through discussion-based learning sessions with the Englert staff. Interns will also get insight into the local arts scene through tours of other venues and various networking opportunities, as well as receive career mentorship to help advance in the performing arts industry.

The inaugural session for the internship will begin in May 2024 with 6 young students and professionals in the cohort. Please check back in the future with updates and information on future sessions!

K-8 Student Experiences

In partnership with the ICCSD Foundation and Any Given Child program, we strive to engage with each K-8 student in the district during their educational career. Each year, we aim to bring students into our building for an artistic experience that sparks their imagination and harnesses their creativity.

On April 30, 2024, we invited over one thousand 1st graders in the ICCSD to The Englert for a special presentation of Story Pirates, the award-winning Kids & Family Podcast that turns stories and ideas submitted by children into comedy and songs. Through programming like this, we are able to spark students’ imaginations, encourage their creativity, and nurture a lifelong appreciation for the arts.


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