Yes! The Iowa Writers workshop is here! You have to sell your soul to be accepted into the program but I am fortunate to live here and have the ability to attend their community events, writer’s groups and free course over the summer.
I do know why Iowa, I suppose. In the late 1800’s Iowa City was the capital of Iowa. They built the city to house politics and politicians. The following year the capital was moved to Des Moines. Here was this city left abandoned and that is how it became home to the University of Iowa, the creative writing and arts culture it is now. I always offer for writer friends to come visit and soak up the culture but so far no one has taken me up on the offer.
As far as the street art, I applied for this. Fingers crossed.