DAVENPORT, IOWA (July 14, 2023) — Mark your calendars for the 2023 Alternating Currents festival August 17-20 taking place across more than two dozen venues in downtown Davenport along with key performances in downtown Rock Island and Bettendorf. AC features over 100 musical performances, comedy sets, film screenings, local art displays and even pro-wrestling.

DAVENPORT, IOWA (July 6, 2023) — The Downtown Davenport Partnership (DDP) seeks artists to create murals during the 2023 Alternating Currents festival. Five artists will be awarded the opportunity to create a mural that embodies the vibrancy of our Quad Cities community during the festival, which takes place August 17–20.

OTTUMWA, IOWA (July 6, 2023) — Main Street Ottumwa will host an eclectic gathering of artists, crafters, and makers in a one-day event that will have a fun carnival feel with family-friendly activities, busking street musicians, and artists of all types that is free to attend and open to the public. The event will take place at the 200 block of East Main Street, 10AM-3PM, on Saturday, July 15.

From left to right: Holly Sparkman, Elizabeth Russell, Robert Lelonek, and Sherry Maurer

ROCK ISLAND, ILLINOIS (July 5, 2023) — Rock Island Art Guild officers for the 2023-2025 term were elected at their Annual Meeting on June 21, 2023: President Robert Lelonek; Vice President Elizabeth Russell; Treasurer Holly Sparkman and Secretary Sherry Maurer.

DES MOINES, IOWA (June 30, 2023) — Iowans will have an opportunity to bring a traveling exhibit from the world-renowned Smithsonian Institution to their communities next year.

MUSCATINE, IOWA (June 13, 2023) — The Annual Ice Cream Social is back in June, and the Friends of the Muscatine Art Center invites the local community to celebrate the arts during this free event. Mark your calendar for Sunday, June 25, 1-4PM. The Annual Ice Cream Social, sponsored by Kent Corporation and SSAB, is a Muscatine tradition that dates back to 1979.

DAVENPORT, Iowa (June 9, 2023) — The Putnam Museum and Science Center will welcome Dino Days back for the first time since 2019. This event will be a weekend full of paleontology fun that visitors of all ages will enjoy. As a specially ticketed event, Dino Day guests will have exclusive access to the Putnam Dino Park and the rest of the museum. The Putnam Dino Park will have many dinosaur-themed activities, including face-painting, a museum scavenger hunt, 

DAVENPORT, IOWA (June 5, 2023) — The inaugural Pulling Focus African American Film Festival of the Quad Cities will showcase 35 exceptional films over two enriching days, June 16-17, 2023. The event, hosted by the Azubuike African American Council for the Arts, aims to amplify Black voices from the Black Diaspora and celebrate the power of Black cinema.

CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA (June 2, 2023) — The African American Museum of Iowa (AAMI) is excited to announce its Juneteenth Commemoration will return for a series of programs starting on Saturday, June 10, and culminating on Monday, June 19. Join the AAMI for a series of free programs and activities for the entire family.

MUSCATINE, IOWA (May 31, 2023) — The Muscatine Art Center is excited to announce the opening of three exhibitions this June. The 47th annual Birds in Art opens on both floors of the Stanley Gallery on June 1 and will be on view through September 10. Artist Philip Laber’s printed works, House of Cards, opens on the second floor of the Musser McColm mansion on June 3 and will remain on view until August 6.