Arts & Culture

Corridor Wide Resources


  • African American Historical Museum & Cultural Center of Iowa aims to educate the public and to promote and publicize the heritage of black people of continental African descent. The museum networks with other like organizations to promote a wider sense of community involvement. To accomplish its goals, the museum develops programs designed to educate and involve the community. In addition to raising funds, the museum frequently procures artifacts, art and related historical items for exhibit and preservation.
  • Amana Colonies have been a landmark on the Iowa prairie for over 150 years - reminding us of a simpler time. What will you see in the Amana Colonies? Historical buildings dating to the mid-1850's, made of local materials…wood, sandstone, locally fired brick and limestone. You will discover an amalgamation of architectural styles, coupling traditional German craftsmanship and the straight lines and details of Colonial America. You will see three board wooden fences, fruit trees and gardens. The smokestack of the woolen mill stands stark against the rising sun; the blossoms of the Lily Lake sway gently in the summer breeze.
  • Arts Iowa City The mission of Arts Iowa City is to make the visual arts flourish through visual arts exhibitions and promotion, artist mentoring and networking, and community visual arts education.
  • Cedar Rapids Dance Studios LinkaGoGo shows the many dance studios and instructors in the Cedar Rapids area.
  • Iowa Cultural Corridor Alliance LinkaGoGo whose 100+ members represent the spectrum of arts/culture organizations in the Amanas, Cedar Rapids, Iowa City/Coralville, Hiawatha, Marion, Mount Vernon, North Liberty, West Branch, West Liberty and beyond.
  • Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs has primary responsibility for development of the state's interest in the areas of the arts, history, and other cultural matters. In fulfilling this responsibility, the department is advised and assisted by its two divisions: the State Historical Society of Iowa and its board of trustees, and the Iowa Arts Council.

Dance, Theater, Museums, Music & more

  • Arts a la Carte Dance instruction, theater and visual arts, Arts a la Carte, a non-profit dance/movement arts co-operative, provides Iowa City with an alternative studio space created by artists, featuring dance, movement arts, theater and visual arts exhibitions.* Baile Latino offers dance classes focusing on Latin Dances and shows at CSPS from many instructors.
  • Brucemore Since 1981, Brucemore has been a National Trust Historic Site, known for its variety of hosted events. Brucemore is a Queen Anne-style mansion situated on a magnificent 26-acre parklike estate in the heart of Cedar Rapids. Built between 1884 and 1886, Brucemore was once home to three prominent families who used the estate as a center for culture and the arts.
  • Cedar Rapids Museum of Art On December 9, 1989, the $10 million Cedar Rapids Museum of Art building opened as the new home of the 100-year-old Cedar Rapids Art Association. Architects designed the 63,000- square-foot facility that encompasses a restored 1905 Beaux Arts building, a former Carnegie Library, along with a newly constructed gallery.
  • Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre advances opera as a vital, living American art form, and to develop the artists who create it as well as the audience that appreciates and supports it.
  • Hancher Auditorium Hancher Auditorium and most of the Arts Campus was severely damaged by the summer 2008 flood. This season we are presenting at nine venues in the area and have complete information on the website regarding our alternate venues and programs.
  • Herbert Hoover Presidential Library & Museum The Library Museum is located within the Herbert Hoover National Historic Site, a 187 acre park administered by the National Park Service. This landmark preserves the natural world of Hoover's youth and the Quaker community where his values were formed.
  • Iowa Artisan's Gallery The Iowa Artisan's Gallery displays contemporary crafts and selected contemporary fine art with a focus on Midwestern specialties. Owned by local artists, the gallery prides itself on connecting with its community. Besides its regularly rotating exhibition halls, the Iowa Artisan's Gallery connects several of the city's art openings through the Iowa City Gallery Walk.
  • Iowa City Country Dancers The IC Country Dancers consists of men and women of all ages who come together to dance, perform, teach, learn and just have fun in the Iowa City and surrounding areas. We perform at nursing homes, fairs, town celebrations, parades, and sporting events. We were founded in 1995.
  • Iowa City Dance Studios LinkaGoGo shows the many dance studios and instructors in the Iowa City area.
  • Legion Arts is an award-winning, Cedar Rapids nonprofit dedicated to the creation, presentation, understanding and impact of contemporary art. Based at CSPS, a restored landmark building on the edge of downtown Cedar Rapids, Legion Arts presents cutting edge art, music, theatre, film and other events at a variety of venues; supports young artists, experimental art forms and new ideas; and works to involve artists and the arts in the processes of community development and neighborhood building.
  • Museum of Natural History The University of Iowa Museum of Natural History mission is to inspire in visitors of all ages understanding and a sense of wonder, discovery, respect and responsibility for our natural and cultural worlds through exhibits, programs and collections, as well as through links with UI research and activities.
  • National Czech & Slovak Museum and Library is to be the foremost U.S. institution interpreting Czech and Slovak history and culture. We have returned to Czech Village and are now in the NCSML's Kosek Building.
  • Old Capital Museum The Old Capitol's cornerstone was laid on Independence Day in 1840, and it served for 150 years. The Old Capitol was deeded to The University of Iowa in 1857 and has served as library, chapel, and armory as well as providing space for classrooms and offices as the University grew.
  • Old Creamery Theatre Company is proud to be the oldest professional theatre company in the state of Iowa. Since 1983, The company has operated in agreement with the Actors' Equity Association, which gives the theatre access to a vast pool of professional actors throughout the United States. The Old Creamery Theatre Company is located just outside the historic village of Amana which is ten minutes north of Interstate 80, thirty minutes southwest of Cedar Rapids, and 30 minutes northwest of Iowa City.
  • Orchestra Iowa Established in 1922, the Orchestra Iowa is recognized nationally as an exemplary, full-service professional orchestra. Orchestra Iowa offers a complete range of concert series (Masterworks, Pops, Chamber, Discovery, and Youth), operates an extensive education program including an industry-hailed Symphony School, and is actively engaged in many community partnerships. The Symphony School enrollment is more than 900. The CRSO maintains a formal partnership with the Cedar Rapids Community School District. This relationship, which reaches 40,000 children, has been recognized as a national model by the National Endowment for the Arts.
  • Paramount Theatre Built in the 1920’s, the Paramount Theatre is a performing arts center in downtown Cedar Rapids. The theatre is owned by the City of Cedar Rapids and managed by the Five Seasons Facilities Commission and VenuWorks. The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In June 2008, the Paramount Theatre was severely damaged by the worst flood in Cedar Rapids history.
  • Riverside Theatre is a professional theater entertaining audiences with intimate, engaging productions from the classics to world premieres. The season includes the annual Riverside Theatre Shakespeare Festival in Iowa City's beautiful outdoor theater in City Park; contemporary plays and musicals in an intimate indoor theater on Gilbert Street; and educational programs for young people and adults.
  • Swing Out Iowa Social Dance shows the many dance studios and instructors in the Corridor and also shows class times and dates.
  • Theatre Cedar Rapids Among the region’s largest and longest-operating community theatres, Theatre Cedar Rapids is located in the Iowa Theater Building in the heart of downtown Cedar Rapids, Iowa. During the August to July season, more than 700 volunteers and 9 full-time staff, part-time help and contract artists work together to create an ambitious lineup of musicals, comedies, dramas and classics in addition to providing theatre education programs for all ages.
  • University of Iowa Museum of Art The University of Iowa Museum of Art, established in 1969, has one of the top university art collections in the country. Due to the flood of 2008, the UIMA's former building was deemed unsuitable for the return of artwork. However, the UIMA collection was saved, and through the use of temporary facilities and creative outreach, the Museum continues to offer the invaluable experience of art to the University, the community, the state of Iowa, and beyond.
  • University of Iowa Performing Arts brings together students and faculty who have chosen to grow as artists, scholars and human beings, and it presents their work on stage to share with audiences.

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