The arts should be accessible to everyone -Creativity fuels life and enriches a community -Appreciation of art is nurtured by exposure and education -The arts are key economic and social drivers for our community -Art contributes to community image and civic pride -Creative expression takes diverse forms -A legacy of art is critical for future generations 


Access - We are inclusive, open and embrace diverse ideas, art forms and communities. -Advocacy - We champion the arts and artists in our community. -Collaboration - We are committed to working with others to bring together artists, patrons and communities. Partnerships lead to great accomplishments. -Creativity - We encourage freedom of expression, innovation and imagination. -Fun - It’s everywhere and a by-product of what we do. We pride ourselves on being an engaging and enthusiastic organization. -Professionalism - We pride ourselves on operating our organization with the highest level of excellence, integrity and responsiveness.


Our Story

The beginning of the Fort Dodge Fine Arts Association was not an elaborate one. In 1985 the group produced a paper calendar of annual events and put on the Oak Hill Arts Festival. Since this time the group has grown quite a bit by creating a voice for the arts in Fort Dodge. There are now multiple members, events, social media, and the calendar has since moved to Google.

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As an organization, the by-laws and board have been strengthened. Communication has been created for the arts organizations in this community. There is also a fund established at the Fort Dodge Community Foundation and United Way which has attributed to much success of the association.

Honorary Members

Ardella Hein, John Zuerrer, Amy Bruno, and Martha Bice.

Steve Kersten-President

Nate McCubbin-Vice President

Shiny Top Brewery

Rochelle Green FDFAA Co-Secretary

Iowa Central Community College Photography and Digital Arts Coordinator

Megan Secor FDFAA Co-Secretary

Soldier Creek Winery

Letitia Anderson

LMA Investments

Jason Laird-At Large

Huseman Chiropractic

Paul Hochmuth-At Large

Rieman Music