The mission of Summer of the Arts is to bring people together in the Iowa City Area to experience, learn about, and enjoy free arts and cultural programming.
Since 2005, Summer of the Arts has hosted arts and cultural festivals for all ages. We create synergy with marketing, fundraising, and operations while maintaining the unique identity of each of our events. Our generous sponsors and donors ensure we are able to offer free, high quality entertainment every summer for our community to enjoy.


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! Your support is crucial to keeping art accessible to all community members.

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Joshua Redman and audience



PRESIDENT: Shaner Magalhães, Urban Acres Real Estate
VICE PRESIDENT: Creighton Gaynor, Natural Talent Music LLC
TREASURER: John Ruppel, MidwestOne Financial Group
SECRETARY: Natasha Wendt, Urban Acres Real Estate
PAST PRESIDENT: Chace Ramey, Iowa City Community School District


Mary Blackwood, University of Iowa (retired)
Kylie Buddin, United Action for Youth
LaTasha DeLoach, Iowa City Senior Center
Leslie Finer, UI Office of Community Engagement
Melissa Flowers, Hills Bank & Trust
Juliann Gibson, UI Catering
Quanda Hood, CCA Fame
Leah Johnson, Advantage
Jay LeaVesseur, Graduate Iowa City Hotel
Brad Nevers, MidWestOne Financial Group
Miguel Rodriguez, GreenState Credit Union
Angela Romero, Stanley Consultants
Ofer Sivan, Oasis Falafel LLC
Robin Springer, Robinia PResents
Juli Seydell-Johnson, City of Iowa City (ex-officio)

Board Information & Application

We encourage BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ community members to apply.

Board terms are three years and begin January 1st of each year.

If you are interested in joining our Board of Directors, please read the Board of Directors Expectations document.

If you would like to see the application questions, please look at the pdf version of the 2024 Board Application.


A spotlight and ticket for all at Summer of the Arts.


Want to know where we’re going? Take a look at our strategic plan for more information!


Want to know what we’ve been up to? Read our Annual Report for details!

Highlights include:

  • Nearly 70,000 attendees across seven events
  • 2,500+ volunteer hours
  • 54 events over 22 weeks
  • 472 Iowa performers on our stages
  • 141 Iowa fine artists showed at Iowa Arts Festival and/or Holiday Thieves Market


Lisa Barnes, Executive Director
Karla Bernal, Festival Intern
Megan Burns, Graphic Designer
Chris Cervantes, Production Manager
Dewey Johnson, Chief Fetching Officer
Eric Johnson, Development Director
Andrea Truitt, Director of Engagement