Are there specific arts initiatives that are related to diversity issues in Des Moines?
(Alba) Some examples are: The Iowa Asian Alliance has the Asian Festival in May of every year. Latino Heritage Festival is held each September and attracts more than 35,000 people. Ill Make Me a World in Iowa, our African-American festival, draws a significant crowd each January. Gateway Dancers is a multicultural dance company featuring African, Caribbean and Spanish dance. Q. Describe the Latino community here in Des Moines, including its size and impact. (Alba) Weve used the figure of approximately 25,000 Latinos in greater Des Moines and approximately 85,000 in the state. Most people are of Mexican descent in their mid-20s to early-30s. The Latino community is highly entrepreneurial! About three years ago members of the former Iowa Hispanic Chamber of Commerce began talking with us, and out of that ALIANZA, the Latino Business Association, an affiliate of the Greater Des Moines Partnership was formed. ALIANZA is about 50 members strong. There are two Spanish radio stations in Des M