~ DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Acclaimed opera singer Simon Estes will visit the Iowa Capitol to advocate for arts education.
Estes is scheduled to visit the legislature Wednesday. He'll sing in both the state House and state Senate, as well as meet with top lawmakers and speak before the Senate Education Committee.
Estes is making the visit with the Iowa Alliance for Arts Education. The group is seeking to have fine arts included in the Iowa Core Curriculum.
A native of Centerville, Estes has had a world-renowned career as an opera singer. He's performed with the Metropolitan Opera and other international companies.
He has also focused on philanthropic work, awarding college scholarships through many namesake organizations.