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

2016

International Festival & Events Association Awards:

  • Gold Award - Best Single Magazine Display Ad – Iowa City jazz festival in downbeat magazine, Original Design by Derick LaVine, final design by Ashley Willits
  • Gold Award - Best T-Shirt Design - Iowa Arts Festival, Design by Robyn Hepker and Madeline Savoie
  • Silver Award - Best Program Cover Design - Iowa City Jazz Festival, Design by Derick LaVine
  • Bronze Award - Best Radio Promotion - Iowa City Jazz Festival, Produced by Dennis Green, KCCK Radio
  • Bronze Award - Best Miscellaneous Printed Materials - 2016 Sponsorshop Opportunities Brochure, Designed by Megan Burns
  • Bronze Award - Best Company Image Piece - Summer of the Arts Business Cards, Designed by Megan Burns
  • Bronze Award - Best Program Cover Design - Iowa Arts Festival, Designed by Robyn Hepker
  • Bronze Award - Best Ad Series - Friday Night Concert Series/Free Movie Series in the Iowa City Press-Citizen, Designed by Madeline Savoie
  • Bronze Award - Best T-Shirt Design - Summer of the Arts Green Team, Designed by Madeline Savoie

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! 
  • Friday Night Concert Series recognized as one of the Best Live Entertainment Venues!

Iowa Cultural Corridor Alliance Awards:

  • Summer of the Arts' collaboration with Oaknoll Retirement Community received the Reaching Out Award

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