|What a great community we live in! As one of those people who came to the University of Iowa and fell in love with the Iowa City/Cedar Rapids area, Iím proud to call myself an Iowa Citian over 30 years later! I donít think there is any other place in Iowa where arts and culture abound! We have the opportunity to experience all kinds of art through our museums, galleries, theaters, festivals and businesses. |
Where else can you see art on the sidewalks like Chalk the Walk, pianos in public, on the streets of downtown Iowa City, boats made out of cardboard at the Cedar Rapids Freedom Festival, live outdoor theater at the Shakespeare Festival and intricate sculptures made out of sand at Summer of the Artsí Sand in the City, presented by Bank of the West.
For anyone who ever says ďthereís nothing to do this weekendĒ, they havenít visited www.culturalcorridor.org. For our partner organizations, we know thereís LOTS going on every day! We all need to share the glory by talking about our own events and activities, in addition to the other activities in the area as well. People in the Corridor can experience all forms of the arts. Iím proud to be associated with an organization which provides free arts and cultural programming to over 100,000 people every year. Iím also proud and happy to talk about all of the other great arts and cultural opportunities in the Corridor because itís absolutely amazing what we have to offer.
On August 12-14 you will find downtown truly amazing sand sculptures up to 6 feet tall lining the streets of downtown Iowa City at Sand in the City. This year the event takes on a slightly new twist. Our 13 teams have been given the task of creating a design that ties in with childrenís stories. What a great way to cross-promote Iowa City as a UNESCO City of Literature and the Bookmarks program! Look for some of your childhood favorites as you stroll Iowa Avenue and view the magic!
So, what are you doing this weekend? I bet you can easily find plenty of opportunities for fun with the click of a mouse, or the flash of your phone to check out ICCAís QR Code!
-- Lisa Barnes, ICCA Board Member and Executive Director of Summer of the Arts