2020 Festival Dates

Friday Night Concert Series: May 22 – August 28

Iowa Arts Festival: June 5-7

Free Movie Series: June 13 – August 29

Iowa City Jazz Festival: July 3-5

Soul & Blues Festival: July 31 – August 1

Holiday Thieves’ Market: December 5-6

Artists and Emerging Artists: Apply to the Iowa Arts Festival!

Iowa Arts Festival

Artists

  • The 2020 Iowa Arts Festival application is now open. To apply via Zapplication, click HERE.
  • Application deadline: March 1, 2020

Emerging Artists

  • The 2020 Emerging Artist Pavilion application is now open. To apply via Events Local, click HERE.
  • Application deadline: March 25, 2020.

Call for Young Artists: Toyota of Iowa City Art Commission

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Summer of the Arts is proud to partner with Toyota of Iowa City to promote emerging Johnson County, Iowa artists (residents age 16-25 or high school/college/university students studying in Johnson County) through Creating a Legacy of Local Artists. The selected artist will receive a commission of $3,000 for an original piece of artwork which will be featured at the Iowa Arts Festival.

For more information on the 2020 Call for Young Artists, please click HERE to view the flyer (pdf).

The application is now open. To apply, click HERE.

Application deadline: March 25, 2020. 

Artists: Apply to the Holiday Thieves Market!

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The Holiday Thieves Market application is now open!

  • Apply to this fine art show through Zapplication by clicking HERE.
  • The deadline to apply is July 31, 2020.
  • Artists will be notified of their status by August 21, 2020.

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H&R Block Fundraiser

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H&R Block will automatically donate $20 every time a new client mentions Summer of the Arts or shares the code of 40010001102775.

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This "Where Are They Now" features two interns from 2017 who met through Summer of the Arts and now live together in Denver and have been dating for about two years!

Tevon Berka was hired as our performer relations intern and also helped coordinate the Free Movie Series. Now Tevon is an account manager for Navajo, Inc. In his spare time, he's an up-and-coming rapper who has had several appearances in the Iowa City area as well as other locations around the country. Tevon's favorite memory was watching Elephant Revival from backstage.

Anna Long was a graphic design intern for Summer of the Arts and now she manages events, marketing, graphic design and social media for Copper Kettle Brewing Company in Denver. In her spare time she enjoys hiking and exploring Colorado. Anna's favorite memory was seeing her designs in a large scale format. She created our poll banners, which won a Gold Award through the International Festival and Events Association.
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This Where Are They Now features two interns from 2017 who met through Summer of the Arts and now live together in Denver and have been dating for about two years!

Tevon Berka was hired as our performer relations intern and also helped coordinate the Free Movie Series. Now Tevon is an account manager for Navajo, Inc. In his spare time, hes an up-and-coming rapper who has had several appearances in the Iowa City area as well as other locations around the country. Tevons favorite memory was watching Elephant Revival from backstage.

Anna Long was a graphic design intern for Summer of the Arts and now she manages events, marketing, graphic design and social media for Copper Kettle Brewing Company in Denver. In her spare time she enjoys hiking and exploring Colorado. Annas favorite memory was seeing her designs in a large scale format.  She created our poll banners, which won a Gold Award through the International Festival and Events Association.Image attachmentImage attachment

2 days ago

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It is officially three months until we kick off the Friday Night Concert series! We will be starting off the concert series with the City High and West High Jazz Ensembles! Can't wait to see you all out on the Ped Mall this summer! #iowa #iowacity #jazz Thanks to the sponsor of the Friday Night Concert Series Toyota of Iowa City for their continued support! ... See MoreSee Less

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