Summer of the Arts Mission and History

The mission of Summer of the Arts is to build community by bringing people together in the heart of Iowa City to experience, learn about, and enjoy free arts and cultural programs.

Summer of the Arts brings people together to experience the arts, out loud, in the heart of Iowa City. Since 2005, Summer of the Arts has hosted summertime, family-friendly, arts and cultural festivals. We create synergy with marketing, fundraising, and operations while maintaining the unique identity of each of our five events. Our generous sponsors and donors ensure we are able to offer free, family-friendly, high quality entertainment every summer for our community to enjoy. 

When you head to downtown Iowa City this summer, get ready for fun, a few surprises, and the best collection of FREE cultural entertainment in the area.

 

Awards

2015

Iowa City Press-Citizen's annual "Best of the Area" poll:

  • Iowa Arts Festival recognized as the Best Festival
  • Iowa City Jazz Festival recognized as one of the Best Festivals! 

Corridor Business Journal Workforce Awards:

  • Publisher's Award

 2014

Iowa City Press-Citizen's annual "Best of the Area" poll:

  • Iowa Arts Festival recognized as the Best Festival
  • Iowa City Jazz Festival recognized as Best Festival runner-up
  • Friday Night Concert Series recognized as Best Live Entertainment Venue runner-up

2013

Iowa City Press-Citizen's annual "Best of the Area" poll:

  • Iowa Arts Festival recognized as Best Festival

2012

Iowa City Press-Citizen's annual "Best of the Area" poll:

  • Iowa Arts Festival recognized as Best Festival

Iowa Recycling Association's Iowa Awards for Excellence in Recycling

  • Best Public Education Program
 

MORE INFORMATION

Our 2015 Annual Report is also available now.  Click HERE to view the report.

If you enjoyed this year's festivals, please consider making a donation to Summer of the Arts so we are able to continue providing FREE, family-friendly programming to the Iowa City area!

Click HERE to make a donation!

    

Photo courtesy of Brigette Burgman 

Photo courtesy of Andrea Canter

Summer of the Arts           319.337.7944           325 E. Washington St., Ste. 301 Iowa City IA 52240           info@summeroftheARTS.org