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Join the effort Building the Greatest Small City for the Arts!

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Strengthen Grow Evolve

Collaboratively led by Iowa City-based arts nonprofits, The Englert Theatre and FilmScene, SGE seeks a Multi-Million reinvestment in these organizations towards our vision:

Building the Greatest Small City for the Arts.

These investments will include major capital projects, innovative programming initiatives, and strategic planning to better align all local arts nonprofits towards more efficient and collaborative models.

Every dollar matters

You can make a one-time contribution or over as many as five years by selecting your donation amount and frequency and an optional end date. Between Nov. 16 and Jan. 5, 2020 all new gifts over $180 (or $15 monthly) will qualify for base memberships at FilmScene and The Englert Theatre, where a membership does not already exist.

Name a seat

Leave a lasting legacy by naming a seat at FilmScene! Our new modern seating will be carefully selected for comfort, attractiveness and durability.

We are offering our community an opportunity to sponsor a seat at multiple levels that are meaningful and significant. Seat naming is available for gifts totaling $2,500 given as a one time gift or over as many as five years. A $5,000 premium seat is also available.

Named & Creative Giving

Legacy naming opportunities are available for major giving, including theater and room naming options. All donors above $10,000 will be honored on a permanent donor recognition wall at BOTH FilmScene’s Chauncey facility and the historic Englert Theatre at a level commensurate with their gift. To discuss these exciting options, or for creative giving options including stock transfers, multi-year pledges, vehicle donations, or to pledge by phone, please contact Katie Roche by phone at 319-688-2653 x107, or by email at

Sending a check

Prefer to write a check? Make checks out to Strengthen Grow Evolve and send to: Strengthen Grow Evolve c/o The Englert Theatre, 221 E Washington St., Iowa City, IA 52240