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Iowa City Downtown District inspires community creativity

The Iowa City Downtown District is heavily involved in the city’s public art ventures. Local business owners are among the committee’s members. The most recent project, Tree Huggers, yarn-bombed downtown with hand-knit sweaters for trees.  The Iowa City Downtown District is working … Continue reading

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Art on Campus: The University of Iowa

Through the Art in State Buildings Program, The University of Iowa has acquired an impressive collection of public art, distributed throughout the campus buildings indoor and outdoor spaces. This program ensures that fine arts play an important role in state … Continue reading

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BenchMarks design approved by IC Downtown District

Good news comes to those who wait! Last week my roommate and I received an email from Ryan Bentzinger, a University of Iowa graduate of the Art School. He relayed the message that our bench design was approved by the … Continue reading

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Iowa City trees will “stay warm” this winter with knit sweaters

Since the beginning of October, volunteers were being asked to knit colorful sweaters for Downtown Iowa City’s trees. This undertaking is part of the Downtown District of Iowa City’s Tree Huggers Project. Nearly 100 trees have been measured in the … Continue reading

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WiP Festival provides a forum for artists to present works-in-progress

Works-in-Progress (WiP) is a local interdisciplinary festival that showcases incomplete creative projects by artists and scholars. Venues for the festival include Public Space One, Walnut Farms and the Iowa City Public Library. One of  several “Artists Panels” that took place … Continue reading

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Downtown Public Art Projects

Here is a little history about Iowa City’s Public Art Program and what they have offered this community in terms of the arts since the beginning. The Public Art Program was established in 1997 by the Iowa City City Council. … Continue reading

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