Englert and the Community
In addition to providing top-notch cultural programming, The Englert Theatre is committed to fostering a strong community. Through partnerships with local service organizations and performers, we help connect area nonprofits with customized rental packages to create the best outcome for each organization.
Englert 101—the theatre’s new flagship educational outreach program—is a partnership between the Englert and West Music, pairing Englert artists directly with community members through lectures, master classes, special performances, and one-on-one contact.
Program alumni include experimental jazz musician Jon Batiste, who hosted an on-stage community jam session before his performance in January 2014, and Minneapolis-based rapper/singer Dessa, who visited Iowa City Tate High School during Mission Creek Festival 2014 to teach a lesson on metaphors and similes using popular song lyrics.
Tony Award-winning tap dancer Savion Glover’s live painting, “Maria’s Voice,” uses disciplines such as tap, poetry, and song and folklore traditions to offer an extraordinary look at the far-reaching effects of domestic violence. Glover ist partnering with organizations across the country, including the Domestic Violence Intervention Program on his October stop in Iowa City, to raise awareness of domestic violence and its victims.
The Dream Center, a local nonprofit dedicated to building strong relationships between fathers and their children, came to us with an idea for a fundraising concert featuring folk legend Greg Brown. We helped them expand the event into an evening featuring headliners Brown and Bo Ramsey, youth performers from the Dream Center, and testimonies from community leaders.
Girl Rock! Iowa City
Girls Rock! Iowa City is a local organization which builds girls’ creative expression and self-esteem through music. The camp puts instruments in the hands of girls ages 8 through 16, and provides workshops in areas such as recording, performance, and production. The Englert Theatre helped the camp kick off in February by hosting a screening of “Girls Rock! The Movie.”
Other community partnerships include but are not limited to:
“American Winter,” featuring a screening of the documentary and a panel featuring leaders of local organizations battling poverty and hunger, such as the Crisis Center of Johnson County and Table to Table