The mission of Summer of the Arts is to build community by bringing people together to experience, learn about, and enjoy free arts and cultural programs out loud.
Since 2005, Summer of the Arts has hosted summertime, family-friendly, arts and cultural festivals. 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!

Click HERE to make a donation!



PRESIDENT: Abby Reskto, Glassando
VICE PRESIDENT: Chace Ramey, Iowa City Community School District
TREASURER: Angie Brown, MidWestOne Bank
PAST PRESIDENT: Aimee Langlas, Travel Leaders

Ex-Officio Members

Wendy Ford, City of Iowa City
Monica Nieves, Think Iowa City: Iowa City/Coralville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau


Miriam Alarcón Avila, New Pioneer Co-op
Felix Anaman, Anaman Concierge Services
Nick Billups, GreenState Credit Union
Kimberly Datchuk, UI Stanley Museum of Art
Chelsey Dreckman, Higher Learning Technologies
Leslie Finer, UI Outreach & Engagement, Arts & Humanities Director
Raina Harmon, University of Iowa Athletics
Shaner Magalhães, Skogman Realty
Scott McGill, Edward Jones Investments
Kim Schillig, Lepic-Kroeger Realtors
Ofer Sivan, Oasis Falafel LLC

Board Information

If you are interested in joining our Board of Directors, please view our Board of Directors Expectations. If you would like to apply, please fill out our 2021 Board of Directors Application.

Applications are due by November 15th.

caricature of spring 2020 interns


Lisa Barnes, Executive Director
Terri Reeve, Production Director
Andrea M. Truitt, Volunteer & Community Relations Manager


Lizzie Ambre, Nonprofit Management
Emily Berkheimer, Graphic Design
Bailey Fitzgibbon, Communications
Sabrina Hsu, Graphic Design
Bryanna Hybert, Social Media Marketing
Vanessa Perez, Artist Relations
Teddy Van Winkle, Production & Performer Relations
Wesley Woods, Event Management


Lizzie Ambre, Development & Social Media Marketing
Emily Berkheimer, Graphic Design
Emily Creery, Arts Communications & Promotion
Bailey Fitzgibbon, Event Management & Artist Relations


Interested in gaining experience, building your resume, and giving back?

Please look at our 2020 Internship Brochure for general information.

We are no longer accepting applications for Spring/Summer 2020. We will offer Fall 2020 internships, so please check back in late spring for the full job descriptions.

Please send a cover letter, resume, and portfolio/link (if applicable) to:

Lisa Barnes, Executive Director

Andrea Truitt, Volunteer & Community Relations Manager

Green Initiative

green-teamSummer of the Arts is committed to a bold environmental sustainability mission and to educate through experience. Each year we continue to work to improve and expand our Think, Be, Live Green program. Our 2019 efforts included:

list of our green efforts

Green Initiative Sponsors