Black Lives Matter to Summer of the Arts
Inequality, bias, and exclusion persist in many forms in the Iowa City area. We at the Summer of the Arts organization acknowledge those members of our community who have been impacted in very personal ways and are hurting due to the crippling effects of racism and violence. Summer of the Arts stands with those of you who are not heard, and we want to engage in honest conversations with you. We strive for our community and world to gain a greater awareness of one another, address unconscious bias, and work towards a greater understanding and empathy with all members of the community that we all share.
If you would like more information on Summer of the Arts’ diversity initiatives, click HERE.
Changes to Our Festival Season
We are reworking our events to ensure the health, safety, and well-being of our community. This is our top priority, and we will continue to follow all City of Iowa City and State of Iowa public health directives.
Summer of the Arts is doing its part to flatten the curve by cancelling and modifying some of our beloved programming. Here are the changes we are making in light of COVID-19:
- Virtual Soul & Blues Festival will take place on July 31-August 2, and will feature new live performances and the Black Author’s Panel, and flashbacks from previous years, including fashion show highlights and two Black Entrepreneur’s Panels. All events will be shown on our Facebook page.
- Virtual Friday Night Concerts: Thanks to a partnership with City Channel 4, we will offer virtual performances of the Friday Night Concert Series through mid-September. Performances will start at 7 PM each Friday on our Facebook page.
- Our Free Movie Series will be offering drive-in movies at the Iowa City Airport. Parking availability will be limited for these events. Watch our Facebook page or sign up for our email newsletter for details on how to register for these limited capacity events.
We will continue to assess our festival schedule and will make updates as soon as possible to keep you informed.
Waitlist Now Closed for How to Train Your Dragon
The waitlist is now closed for How to Train Your Dragon.
For more information about this event, click HERE.