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About

The mission of Summer of the Arts is to build community by bringing people together in the heart of Iowa City to experience, learn about, and enjoy free arts and cultural programs.

Summer of the Arts brings people together to experience the arts, out loud, in the heart of Iowa City. 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 five events. Our generous sponsors and donors ensure we are able to offer free, family-friendly, high quality entertainment every summer for our community to enjoy.

Support

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!

Annual Reports

2015 Annual Report (PDF)

Board of Directors

OFFICERS

  • PRESIDENT: Jason Weeks, RSM US, LLP
  • VICE PRESIDENT: Veronica Tessler, Yotopia Frozen Yogurt
  • TREASURER: Angie Brown, MidWestOne Bank
  • SECRETARY: Aimee Jennings, Lionne Designs
  • PAST PRESIDENT: Brad Pouleson, Woodworker and Musician

DIRECTORS

  • Loyce Arthur, UI Theatre Arts Department
  • Nick Benson, University of Iowa
  • Glen Callanan, KGAN/KFXA
  • Byson Croy, Hills Bank & Trust Co.
  • Gloria Escarza, Blank & McCune The Real Estate Co.
  • John Logsdon, UI Biology Department
  • Katie McDonnell, ACT Inc.
  • Teresa McLaughlin, Sean Kenney Design, Inc.
  • Abby Restko, Glassando
  • Gabriela Rivera, UI Center for Diversity & Enrichment
  • Shanti Roundtree, Pearson
  • Kim Schillig, Lepic-Kroeger Realtors
  • Dave Stein, Micky’s Irish Pub
  • Rod Sullivan, Johnson County Board of Supervisors
  • Simeon Talley, Iowa Fashion Project/Little Village

EX-OFFICIO MEMBERS

  • Wendy Ford, City of Iowa City
  • Nick Pfeiffer, Iowa City/Coralville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • Betsy Potter, Iowa City Downtown District

Interested in joining our board?

View our Board of Directors Application (Google Docs) and Board of Directors Expectations (PDF)

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STAFF

  • Lisa Barnes, Executive Director
  • Jenna Isaacson, Volunteer and Community Relations Manager

INTERNS

  • Stephanie Hesse, Outreach Communications

Internships Available

We are currently accepting applications for the internship positions for 2018 Spring and Summer Semesters:

  • Communications
  • Multimedia
  • Photography
  • Event Planning Operations
  • Event Planning Logistics
  • Marketing
  • Artist Relations
  • Performer Relations
  • Business Relations
  • Graphic Design

Please send a cover letter and resume by October 30th to Lisa Barnes, Executive Director, at lisa@summeroftheARTS.org

 

Director of Philanthropy

Summer of the Arts is seeking an outgoing, detail-oriented and experienced sales professional to join our team which produces weekly and weekend-long premier arts and culture events in Iowa City! Experience in fund development and implementing comprehensive fundraising plans, working in a team-based environment, and a passion for the arts are requirements. Experience working with a wide range of audiences and non-profit work is desired, but not required! The Director of Philanthropy will also be responsible for assisting as administrative lead on events produced by Summer of the Arts. This is a full-time (32 hours/week) position. Submit your cover letter and resume by November 6th to Executive Director Lisa Barnes at lisa@summeroftheARTS.org.

Click HERE to view the complete job description.

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 2016 efforts include:

Replacing Disposables with Compostables on Culinary Row

Our festivals are proud to offer a greener option of tableware than the typical plastic and Styrofoam you may find at other events. Summer of the Arts has made the commitment to require our Food Vendors to use biodegradable and recyclable products throughout our festivals, dramatically reducing the waste produced by Culinary Row and other areas of our festivals. We strongly encourage our festival attendees to dispose these biodegradable products in the compost or recycling bin at one of our many Eco-Stations staffed by our extraordinary volunteer Green Team.

Eco-Stations

Look for our Eco-Stations at our festivals this year. Shaded by a bright highly visible umbrella, a volunteer member of the Green Team will be at each Eco-Station to greet you and help you sort waste into the compost, recycling, and landfill bins. The compost waste produced by our festivals will be sent to the Iowa City Landfill and Recycling Center where it will be developed into rich fertilizer, benefiting gardeners and farmers in our community.

Eco-Education Booths

Come visit the Eco-Education booths to learn about how our community can help reduce our environmental impact. Fun, interactive, educational programs will be running throughout the festival day, staffed by local business sponsors and University of Iowa Environmental Student Groups to demonstrate how you can Think, Be, Live Green.

Hydration Stations- Sponsored by Crystal Clear

Plastic water bottles make up a large component of the recycle stream and are frequently seen in event waste. In an attempt to lower the amount of waste created, Hydration Stations are set up at our festivals for attendees to purchase a Summer of the Arts (stainless steel, BPA free) water bottle for just $6 and receive FREE refills throughout the entire summer at all of our weekend long festivals OR they can fill up their own reusable water bottle with fresh filtered water for just $1.

Free & Secure Bicycle Valet Parking – sponsored by World of Bikes

Summer of the Arts encourages all of the festival attendees to take advantage of our Free and Secure Bicycle Valet Service. Riding your bike is a simple way to minimize energy use and carbon footprints. We are excited to invite all patrons to take advantage of the prime parking spot we have reserved for bikers! The lot will be located in the same place for all three weekend long festivals on Iowa Avenue in between Van Allen Hall and the Biology Building East on the University Of Iowa Campus. Festival goers simply fill out a bike claim ticket and a volunteer will take care of parking and retrieving bikes for them. All parked bikes must be claimed by the end of each festival evening.

Volunteer Green Team – Sponsored by Meardon, Suppel, & Downer PLC

The Summer of the Arts Green Team is made up of volunteers who are enthusiastic and dedicated to ensuring that we recycle and compost as much of the waste produced at our festivals as possible. These passionate volunteers are trained to answer questions festival attendees may have and to generally assist patrons with sorting compost, recycling, and landfill waste into the correct bins.

Green Initiative Sponsors

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325 E. Washington St., Ste. 301 | Iowa City, IA 52240
info@summeroftheARTS.org | 319.337.7944