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University of Iowa Museum of Art


The University of Iowa Museum of Art (UIMA) is dedicated to bringing art into the lives of people across Iowa. Despite losing the former museum building to the flood in 2008, the UIMA continues strive towards being ever present on the beautiful UI campus. In 2009, the Museum opened a on-campus space in the Iowa Memorial Union's third floor Richey Ballroom where over 250 works from the permanent collection are on display. Just around the corner in the IMU's Black Box Theater, the UIMA presents temporary exhibitions and related programming. Because of a lack of a physical building, events are hosted all around the Iowa City area. Click our logo to find one happening near you! 


Sunset Salsa



Sunset Salsa returns this spring!  Join the party on the Ped Mall and dance the night away Saturday evenings.  


The dates for 2015 are:


May 1

June 13

July 18

August 8

September 12

October 3



Downtown Iowa City Gallery Walk, June 5, During the Iowa Arts Festival

Kick off the Iowa Arts Festival with a free, self-guided tour of local art exhibitions during Downtown Iowa City’s Gallery Walk, June 5, 2015. New participant, Zenzic Press, joins 13 other locations which include AKAR, Active Endeavors, Chait Galleries, The Englert Theatre, Glassando, Iowa Artisans Gallery, MC Ginsberg, MidWestOne Bank, rsvp, Textiles, the Senior Center, United Action for Youth (UAY) and US BANK.

Exhibits range from local favorites to established national artists and include three shows devoted to extended family groups: Chait Galleries, US Bank and Iowa Artisans Gallery. Many venues are open throughout the weekend. Maps available at each location.

Visit 7 of the 14 venues between 5 p.m. Friday, June 5, and 4 p.m. Sunday, June 7 for a chance to win a $50 gift certificate to Textiles. In order to qualify, participants will have their Gallery Walk postcard or map stamped. Cards and maps are available at each location. Not all venues are open all weekend long. Completed cards may be dropped off at any participating venue.

Check out Art Goes LIVE! artist demonstrations on Washington Street, Saturday, June 6 & Sunday, June 7 during the Iowa Arts Festival.



Invisible Faces
Friday, June 5th, 5-8pm

 Location: Public Space One (120 N. Dubuque St.)

Invisible Faces articulates the lived experience of Latinos in eastern Iowa through artwork exploring themes of identity and migration. The exhibition will feature photography, silkscreen, installation, and video developed during a series of workshops led by artists Patricia Leon, Fidencio Martinez, and Gonzalo Pinilla over the past year.


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Ballroom and Latin Dancing hosted by Iowa Corridor USA Dance Chapter #2100
June 5, 2015


     Old Brick
     26 E. Market St.
    Iowa City, IA 52245
     7:00-8:00pm: Waltz lesson by Andrew Batt
     8:00-10:45pm: Social dancing to recorded music
We play a variety of styles, including foxtrot, waltz, tango, cha-cha, rumba, east coast swing, west coast swing, salsa, hustle, and more!
Cost (includes lesson and social dance):
     $6 USA Dance members
     $8 non-members
     $4 students
All ability levels are welcome!
No experience required!
No partner required!

We are the local chapter of USA Dance, Inc., a national non-profit 501(c)(3) organization working to promote the physical, mental, and social benefits of recreational and competitive ballroom dancing for all ages and ability levels.

Variations II
June 6 & 7, 2015

Englert Theatre

Saturday, June 6 at 7:30 PM

Sunday June 7 at 2 PM

Tickets: or call 319.688.2653

Prices: $13 students, $18 seniors, $23 adults


Classical meets contemporary ballet in this dynamic, beautifully costumed showcase featuring pre-professional artists from the Corridor's own Ballet at Nolte. Included in the program are the famed Ribbon Dance La Fille Mal Gardee and the Mazurka from Coppelia. Audience members will then travel in time from 18th century France and Italy to the Iowa premiere of contemporary ballet works choreographed by Grace Snider and Tad Snider to music by Audiomachine and Glenn Miller.  Length: 75 Minutes.


Juneteenth Celebration
June 27, 2015


The Johnson County Juneteenth Community Committee will be hosting a day of family fun Saturday, June 27, at the Robert A. Lee Recreation Center, in Iowa City. This is the 5th Annual Iowa City Area Juneteenth Celebration Commemorating the End of Slavery and the 150th anniversary of the first Juneteenth. 


This free event will include a play written and performed by local writers and actors, a performance by Eulenspiegel Puppet Theatre, free food, vendors, music and live entertainment, and games and activities for the whole family. Children can enjoy story time, a bouncy house, face painting and water games. There will be a Health Fair indoors and a chance for participants to win door prizes. The committee will also be hosting its annual Juneteenth Blood Drive.


This event is open to the public. Everyone is welcome at this fun and safe event.


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Iowa City 5th Annual Juneteenth Celebration

Where: Robert A. Lee Recreation Center

220 S. Gilbert St., Iowa City



City of Iowa City's Summer of the Arts           319.337.7944           P.O. Box 3128 Iowa City IA 52244-3128