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Iowa Arts Festival

Emerging Artist Pavilion

Each year, high school, college, and university students from across Iowa are featured in the Emerging Artists Pavilion at the Iowa Arts Festival.  The Pavilion gives up-and-coming Iowa artists who may not qualify for the juried art fair the chance to share their talents with the community. Artists must be an Iowa Resident and currently enrolled in school in order to qualify.

The deadline to apply to be an Emerging Artist has passed. 

Call for Young Artists

Summer of the Arts is excited to continue a collaborative project with Toyota of Iowa City to support and promote young, local, Johnson County artists. Creating a Legacy of Local Artists is a project aimed at supporting and encouraging emerging artists (age 18-22) to pursue a career in the arts by providing the opportunity for their first commissioned piece.

Toyota Legacy of Young Artists

Applications are now being accepted for an opportunity to create an original piece of commissioned artwork that will be featured at the Iowa Arts Festival­­ June 1-3, then showcased at Toyota of Iowa City.

Johnson County Iowa artists between the ages of 18-22 are eligible to apply. The application deadline is April 1, 2018. The selected artist will be notified by April 15, 2018, and receive a commission totaling $3,000 for their original work. The piece must be completed by May 15, 2018.

Click HERE for more information.

The deadline to apply has passed. 

Art Fair

The Iowa Arts Festival features a juried art fair where over 100 artists can present and display their craft.  Interested participants will be able to apply through Zapplication starting December 1st.

We are no longer accepting applications for the 2018 Art Fair. (Deadline, March 1st, 2018)

Iowa City Jazz Festival

A limited number of Artist Vendor Booths are available for the Iowa City Jazz Festival each year.

We are no longer accepting applications for the 2018 Artist Vendor Booths. (Deadline, April 15, 2018)

Click HERE to download and review the 2018 Artist Vendor Rules and Regulations.

If you have questions, contact

Food Vendors

Food Vendors Cotton CandySummer of the Arts is proud of the quality and variety of food vendors who participate in the Iowa Arts Festival, lowa City Jazz Festival and Iowa Soul Festival. Local Food Vendors are given first priority for acceptance and we work hard to make sure that each food vendor offers something unique to our attendees.

ALL Summer of the Arts Food Vendors are required to use biodegradable or compostable foodware

We are no longer accepting food vendor applications for the 2018 Iowa Arts Festival and Iowa City Jazz Festival.  (Deadline March 1, 2018) Please contact us if you are interested in being notified when the 2019 Food Vendor Application is available!

Please download the 2018 Food Vendor Rules and Regulations (PDF) for complete information regarding this area of our festivals.

For more information or questions regarding our application process contact Terri Reeve by phone at 319-337-7944 or by email.

Children’s Activities

FUN Stops

We feature FUN Stops as an exciting addition to our festivals. We invite your business or organization to host and staff a FUN Stop booth and provide an interactive family friendly activity (that children can participate in) as attendees make their way through the festival. This will be a rewarding and valuable opportunity for your business or organization to demonstrate your positive community involvement while also gaining high-level visibility with your presence at our events.

Click HERE to fill out the 2018 FUN Stop Booth Application Form (Google Docs).

All applications must be submitted by the following deadlines in order to participate as a FUN Stop Booth Presenter:

  • Iowa Arts Festival: March 15, 2018
  • Iowa City Jazz Festival: April 15, 2018

All activities must be approved by our staff to avoid duplication or conflict of interest. Official notification of acceptance to follow shortly after the application process closes.

If you have specific questions about our FUN Stops, please contact us by email or call our office at 319-337-7944.

Children’s Global Village

Sunday, June 3rd, 2018 from 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Children’s Global Village will be filled with booths representing different countries and cultures to serve as a learning experience for kids who visit and participate in the booths’ activities.  Children can pick up a passport and have it stamped at each booth in order to go into a drawing for great prizes!

Community members, Boy/Girl Scout troops, church groups, student organizations, and other groups can share information about another country to festival attendees.

Click HERE to fill out the 2018 Children’s Global Village online application.

The deadline to apply to be a Booth Presenter is March 26, 2018.

If you have more specific questions about Children’s Global Village participation please email or call the Summer of the Arts office at 319-337-7944.

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