Frank Sposeto, 47, of Collins is one of the five people recently appointed by Gov. Kim Reynolds to the Iowa Arts Council.
The Iowa Arts Council, according to the iowaculture.gov website, was “established in 1967 … (It) serves as Iowa’s state arts agency and works in collaboration with its federal agency partner, the National Endowment for the Arts, and regional arts partner, Arts Midwest, to build the capacity of Iowa’s arts ecosystem. The Iowa Arts Council strives to create opportunities for the arts to flourish in Iowa by nurturing cultural leadership and investing in projects that provide access to arts experiences in communities and public spaces throughout Iowa.
Sposeto, who has lived in Collins for over 20 years, works as district director of operations for Axcess Financial. He said he registered his interest in serving on the Iowa Arts Council through the Iowa Commissions board and indicated his areas of desired involvement.
“Applicants are reviewed and individuals are selected by the governor from the pool,” Sposeto explained. “I previously served on the Iowa Commission of Libraries for three years and enjoyed my time of service.”
Sposeto feels he’s a good choice for the Iowa Arts Council, because “first and foremost,” he said, “I believe it is my desire to give back to our community. I am motivated by having personally benefited from the arts in Iowa, from playing in a band, enjoying the talents of others on display, enjoying seeing my daughter’s artwork recognized in our art festivals, all of my children recognized for vocal performances at state competitions, and directing and serving myself on the board of directors at the Newton Community Theatre. I want to ensure that all of my friends and neighbors have an opportunity to participate or spectate in creative pursuits.”
As a council member, Sposeto said he will do the following:
•Advocate for keeping the arts in education: focusing on visual arts, music, and theatre.
•Maintain proper stewardship of the limited funds we have available (grants and awards).
•Encourage programs that engage new participants in Iowa Culture.
The Iowa Arts Council is an important entity in the state, Sposeto believes, because it ensures that the “Iowa creative spirit is encouraged, always has an outlet and is accessible. Whether metro or rural, young or old, everyone contributes to the Iowan Culture. The arts happens to be the main conduit for creative expression.”
Sposeto welcomes the input of all Iowans, especially those in central Iowa, where he resides. “Everyone is welcome to get involved,” he said, whether that’s giving input, helping with grant opportunities or volunteering to make a difference in one’s individual sphere of influence. Sposeto welcomes anyone who would like to, to reach out to the council at Iowaculture.gov.
“While I have great ideas about the arts and I value all creative expression, I’m just embarking on this journey and I will need a few months to get a feel for how I can best serve as a member of this council,” he said.
He does, however, encourage every Iowan to do their part to support the arts in their individual communities.
“Attend local art events, like the recent Linn Creek Arts Festival in Marshalltown or The Union Street Players in Pella, which opens a production of The Wizard of Oz July 21 and runs several shows during the two consecutive weekends. Seek out your local community theatre’s productions and volunteer to paint sets, make costumes or usher during a show, where you’ll find some of your neighbors who are incredibly talented. Newton Community Theatre, Marshalltown Community Theatre and Ankeny Community Theatre have plenty of opportunities for anyone, just to name a few. And of course, attend productions and events at your local schools, whether you have a child involved or not. Imagine the difference you can make in the life of children of friends and neighbors.”