Iowa City Public Art Strategic Plan News

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With Iowa City's reputation as a literary, cultural, and artistic centerpiece of the Midwest, the Iowa City Public Art Program was established in 1997 to bring accessible forms of artistic expression to the city. With works in all medium, the goal is to educate, entertain, and engage a public that is diverse as the different modes of art. 

Since 1999, the program and the Iowa City Public Art Advisory Committee (PAAC) have been selecting, commissioning, and promoting the creation of art throughout the community. Projects spearheaded by the program include the Weatherdance Fountain, the Iowa Avenue Literary Walk, sculptures throughout Downtown Iowa City's Pedestrian Mall, numerous sculptures in city parks and on trails, and more.

Nearly 20 years after its founding, the program and the PAAC continues to promote public art in all forms including sponsoring the Poetry in Public program and providing matching funds to area artists to further expand opportunities. 

In December of 2018, the PAAC received support from the City Council to increase the program's budget for Fiscal Year 2020. Council requested that a strategic plan for public art be developed to provide a better understanding of how these funds will be utilized.

The PAAC will develop its strategic plan for Council review by July of 2019 to help ensure the long-term viability of the program.

Public Art Strategic Plan public meetings

  • 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. - Friday, March 8 at The Park Lodge at Terry Trueblood Recreation Area.
  • 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. -  Wednesday, May 15 at the Iowa City Public Library, Meeting Room A.

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If you will need disability-related accommodations in order to participate in this event, or if you need transportation from downtown Iowa City to the the Robert A. Lee Recreation Center for the May 15 meeting, please contact Marcia Bollinger, Neighborhood and Development Services at 319-356-5237 or  Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time to meet your needs.