- Associated Press - Monday, May 19, 2014

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Gov. Terry Branstad says an Iowa Arts Summit planned for June 6 in Des Moines will help communities and organizations coordinate efforts to improve the quality of life and generate economic growth.

Branstad says leaders from around the state will learn how to best invest in rural and community development through the arts.

Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs Director Mary Cownie says she expects up to 200 participants.

Sessions will include local, regional and national presenters talking about the intersection of arts and economy, building public support for the arts, and arts-based rural development.

Cownie says such gatherings are common in other states

The Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs is sponsoring the summit with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.