QUALITY OF LIFE

Arts & Culture

Let’s go out

When shows leave Broadway, they go straight to Des Moines. There’s one United Nations-designated City of Literature in North America, and it’s Iowa City. When the Figge Art Museum opened in Davenport in 2005, the director of Chicago’s premier art museum said he had never seen a public gallery in America with so many important paintings already in place. With two major transcontinental interstates, bisecting the state, there’s no lack of touring musicians.

Let’s not forget our homegrown artists. Our bars are filled with music every night of the week. New murals seem to be perpetually unveiling in our urban centers, and new productions are always opening at our community theaters. Our chefs partner with local farmers to open palates and minds. 

It’s all here in Iowa, and it’s all easy to get to. Sure it’s a school night, but let’s go out.

A Beautiful New Home for the Arts in Eastern Iowa

The $173 million Hancher Auditorium opened in Iowa City in 2016 with a performance by comedians Steve Martin and Martin Short.

11

fine art museums statewide

#2

country music festival in the country - Tree Town in Forest City

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1,000+

works of art at the Sioux City Art Center

A Summertime Music Staple in Central Iowa

The 80/35 Music Festival attracts nearly 30,000 music fans to downtown Des Moines annually.

 
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