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John Charles Fitzpatrick, American humanities educator, curator. Certified teacher State of Iowa, 1980. Named Arts Administrator of the Year, Iowa Art Education Association, 2001; recipient Arts Education Award, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, 1982, John Fitzpatrick Day, City of Cedar Rapids, 2001.


Fitzpatrick, John Charles was born on July 17, 1947 in Streator, Illinois, United States. Son of Eileen Veronica Leber and John Bernard Fitzpatrick.


Bachelor, Principia College, Elsah, Illinois, 1965—1969. Educational Specialist, University Iowa, Iowa City, 1969—1979. Postgraduate, University of California at Los Angeles, 1986.


Graduate assistant, assistant varsity swim coach University Iowa, Iowa City, 1969—1973. Lecturer, health and physical education Cornell College, Mount Vernon, 1973—1978. Art history chairman Kirkwood Community College, Cedar Rapids, 1977—1978.

Teacher and coach Iowa City Community School District, 1978—1980. Curriculum program facilitator Cedar Rapids Community School District, 1981—1982. We. regional director for supervision and administration National Art Education Association, Washington, 2003—2005.

President Humanities Iowa, Iowa City, since 2004. Art teacher Polk Elementary School, Cedar Rapids, 2002—2003. Adjunct art education methods Coe College, 2001—2003.


  • Certified teacher State of Iowa, 1980.


  • Other Work

    • Contributor anthology, educational programming (National Endowment of the Humanities Swartz Award, 2002).


Member Iowa Old Capitol restoration committee, 1976. Judge Community Betterment Programs, Iowa Development Commission, 1976-1977. Board member Friends of the Jeffrey Ballet, New York City, 1985-1989.

Board member Dance Focus of Iowa, 1986-1990, president 1988-1990. Member arts committee Iowa City Chamber of Commerce, 1986-1991. Member Iowa Arts Festival Committee, 1988-1990.

Chairman Grant Wood Centennial Celebration State Committee, 1991. Member Cedar Rapids Literary Club, Cedar Rapids Country Club, 1992-1996. Speaker National Endowment for the Arts in educational programs with Kitty Carlisle Hart, Lincoln Center, United States Senate subcommittee, 1993.

Presenter, Lieutenant Governor's Conference on Diversity, 1995. Member American Theatre Organ Society, since 1966, National Education Committee, 1994-1996. Member arts advisory board, Grant Wood Education Agency, since 1991.

Member design committee, Regional Arts Facility-Center Space, 1991-1998. Member City of Cedar Rapids Visual Arts Committee, 1994-2001, vice president, 1998, chairman, 1999, 2000. Member Art in State buildings Committee, University Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, 1996-2003.

Events chair University Iowa Museum Art, 1997. Board member Cedar Rapids Opera Theater, 1998-2004. Member River Way Design Team, City of Cedar Rapids, 1998-2001.

Member exhibitions committee, the History Center, since 1999. Consultant Humanities Iowa, Born Again project, 2001-2002, treasurer and chair programming and grants committee, 2002-2003, vice president, 2003-2004, president, 2004-2005. Member fundraising committee Friends of the Paramount Theatre, 2001-2004.

Board directors Cedar Rapids Oak Hill Cemtery, since 2001. Performance Pavilion chair, band commission City of Cedar Rapids, since 2001. Member of National Art Education Association (western region director, administration and supervision 2003, national director-elect since 2005, National Educator of the Year 2002).


  • Other Interests

    Travel, reading, swimming, jogging.


Eileen Veronica Leber

John Bernard Fitzpatrick