Stay up-to-date on the latest community news and events by watching the Mayor's Community Connection series

Community Connection is a video series that highlights the different people and organizations in our community. Each episode, Mayor Bruce Teague interviews guests about a variety of issues that are important to our residents.

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If you are interested in being a guest on the show, please fill out our topic request form. All programming requests should be based on subjects that relate to City services and programs, or align with the City’s Strategic Plan

Watch Episodes of Community Connection

This page will have the five latest episodes of Community Connection for you to watch. To browse the entire series, visit our YouTube playlist for Community Connection.

To make the Iowa City Transit system more convenient and reliable, the City is implementing some major changes that were developed from a comprehensive study. Transportation Director Darian Nagle-Gamm explains some of the new improvements, including more frequent service, new routes and schedules, and revised fares. 

The Raise It Up Ride is a series of audio-guided bike routes that reflect on social justice using history, art, culture, and personal stories. In this episode, McGuirk and Audrey Weidemeier of the Iowa City Bike Library and Tracy Jon Sargeant of the Multicultural Development Center of Iowa discuss the idea behind this series and the technology used to create an interactive experience for all members of our community. Register to take part in the Raise It Up Ride and learn about the history of systemic oppression and current inequities that continue to oppress some members of our community.

Music, art, culture, and entertainment for the entire family. Get the scoop on this year's Summer of the Arts programming and events from Executive Director, Lisa Barnes. Whether it's catching your favorite band, taking in a movie at a park, or learning about BIPOC entrepreneurs, there's something for everyone to enjoy this summer!

Juneteenth marks the anniversary of June 19, 1865, when some of the last enslaved people in America were freed from Confederate Texas. Hear from our special guests, Keshia Fields and LaNisha Cassell, about plans to celebrate and commemorate Juneteenth in Johnson County and at the African American Museum of Iowa with a week’s worth of virtual and in-person events. All events are free and open to the public.

The Community Foundation of Johnson County is working to make sure all people in our community are welcome, treated equally, and invited to have a seat at the table. That’s why the organization started the Inclusive Johnson County Fund, which provides financial support for race and bias education and outreach, promoting diversity and inclusion, and supporting cultural events. Learn how you can donate to the fund or apply for the next round of grants.