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“There is a void in the American museum world. We collect in central points the artifacts of civilization and honor politicians and soldiers, athletes and artists, inventors and entrepreneurs, but we neglect our writers. In a country established as an idea explicated in written documents and embellished by generations of poets, novelists, and critics, the case for commemorating the written word is self-evident. After all, what is written describes a people and what is celebrated defines their values.”
—Jim Leach, former Chairman, National Endowment for the Humanities
Today, the American Writers Museum Foundation is addressing this profound omission through its commitment to establishing the American Writers Museum.
The American Writers Museum will:
Through innovative and dynamic state-of-the-art exhibitions, as well as compelling programming, the American Writers Museum will educate, enrich, provoke, and inspire the public.
For more than eighty years, Iowa City has been teaching the world to write. The Iowa Writers' Workshop at The University of lowa pioneered the teaching of creative writing at the university level. With its deeply elaborated literary cultural assets, Iowa City was designated the third City of Literature in the world and the only one in the United States by the United Nations Education Cultural and Scientific Organization (UNESCO) in 2008. There is a significant underlying principle here in Iowa: that the literary arts are for everyone at every age, in every walk of life. We believe an American Writers Museum would serve to keep alive our stories for generations to come.
Sally Mason, President, University of Iowa