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On Your Mark

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Project ended on March 08, at 11:59 PM CDT
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On Your Mark

Help us reach our goal of $4,000 by February 29!


What is On Your Mark?

On Your Mark is a free annual event in Iowa City that exists to create, educate, and celebrate the young creative community right here in Iowa. Over the course of two days, hundreds of students from colleges across the state come together under the same roof to inspire one another and continue to develop themselves as creatives.



We Create.

All are welcome here. Whether you’re a student or professional, our endeavour is to provide individuals with opportunities to solve design challenges and grow their portfolios. As a result, we hope that as we grow individual creatives, our entire creative community will benefit.

The Creative Competition is just one of the many ways in which we attempt to accomplish this lofty goal. At the competition, students are teamed up with unfamiliar students from other schools. Throughout the day, they are challenged to collaborate together to solve a design challenge and pitch their ideas to an audience for the chance to win fun prizes.



We Educate.

There always seems to be a gap between the student and the professional. We are dedicated to closing this gap. At On Your Mark, students have the chance to meet with professionals seasoned in their career. We do this through social networking opportunities, portfolio reviews, mentoring, and a career fair dedicated to creatives. Not only is this a wonderful environment for the students, it’s also helping professionals discover new talent. As a result, many students have landed both internships and jobs through these efforts.



We Celebrate.

It’s like a big state-wide block party! We celebrate the stunning work of local creatives right here in the state of Iowa. Why? Because, the only way our creative community will continue to blossom and flourish is by watering the rich soil of talent right here where we live.



Help us continue to celebrate Iowa creatives.

We want to invite you to be apart of making this event a success. Without your generous support, none of this would be possible. Will you help us to build a more vibrant creative community here where we live? We believe together, we can inspire a better Iowa.


Spread the Word!

Do you have co-workers, family, or friends who you think might be interested in giving to this creative event? Take your support one step further by sharing this campaign with them today:



“I really liked the outline of the day. So much to do and so much inspiration!”

“I was surprised with how fun it was to work quickly on a tight deadline. It was challenging, but I learned a lot as a result.”

“It was amazing to see how much solid work was created in a short time span.”

“I loved the design competition, because I was able to collaborate with students from other universities! So cool. I’ll definitely be back next year.”

“I very much enjoyed how this event was laid out. It was also really cool to collaborate with other students.”

“I liked getting to work with other schools and getting to brainstorm with them.”



NOTICE: The University of Iowa Center for Advancement is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization soliciting tax-deductible private contributions for the benefit of the University of Iowa. Please visit the UI Center for Advancement disclosures site for additional information.

Choose a giving level



Your gift of $10 pays for coffee to caffeinate sleepy creatives.


Jr. Designer

Your gift of $20 provides art pencils for the Creative Competition.


Intermediate Designer

Help us provide event-branded sketchbooks for each of the students.


Senior Designer

Your gift of $100 provides signage/wayfinding for the event.


Design Director

Your gift of $200 will go towards catering for the event.


Creative Director

Your gift of $500 will help us house traveling students and professional volunteers.



Your $1,000 gift will help pay for keynotes.

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