Mother Goose on the Loose @ Downtown Library - Cedar Rapids
Apr 1 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am

“Mother Goose on the Loose” is a 20-minute nursery rhyme program for newborns to three-year-olds, followed by a 30-minute playtime. This program helps strengthen babies’ and toddlers’ foundation for literacy with rhymes, rhythm, repetition, story and movement.

We always recommend confirming details before attending. We hope to see you there!

Across the Atlantic: American Impressionism through the French Lens @ Cedar Rapids Museum of Art
Apr 1 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm


This extraordinary exhibition, drawn entirely from the rich collection of the Reading Public Museum, explores the path to Impressionism through the nineteenth century and the complex relationship between French Impressionism of the 1870s and 1880s and the American interpretation of the style in the decades that followed. More than seventy-five paintings and works on paper help tell the story of the new style of painting which developed at the end of the nineteenth century—one that emphasized light and atmospheric conditions, rapid or loose brushstrokes, and a focus on brightly colored scenes from everyday life.


Some of the artists featured in the exhibition include Edgar Degas and Mary Cassatt, who exhibited in the official Impressionist exhibitions in Paris in the 1870s and 1880s. Among the earliest American artists to embrace the style were John Singer Sargent, William Merritt Chase, John Henry Twachtman, Childe Hassam, and Frank W. Benson.  A host of American artists who embraced the style by the turn of the century including Robert Lewis Reid, William Paxton, Chauncey Ryder, and Guy Wiggins, are highlighted in the exhibition.

Museum Store @ Cedar Rapids Museum of Art
Apr 1 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Museum Store Highlight: Anna Marie Pavlik

Ooh La La: French Works from the Riley Collection @ Cedar Rapids Museum of Art
Apr 1 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

As a companion exhibition to Across the Atlantic, the CRMA will present a selection from the private collection of Tom and Nan Riley.  Drawing exclusively on French works, artists such as Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and Camille Pissarro will complement the French works included in Across the Atlantic.  It will be a rare opportunity to see important French works from a local private collection in celebration of the 125th anniversary of the origins of the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art.

Unwrapped: Gifts from the Peter Norton Family Christmas Project, 1988-2018 @ Cedar Rapids Museum of Art
Apr 1 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Retired computer entrepreneur Peter Norton (Norton Antivirus Software) is a contemporary art collector as well as an active participant in various civic and philanthropic activities. In 1988, the Norton Family Christmas Project began commissioning artists to create original, multiple-edition works that were mailed as holiday greetings to friends, colleagues, and selected institutions.  In 2017, the CRMA received the bulk of these wonderful holiday greetings from Director Emeritus Terry Pitts and his wife Kathy Hall.


The objects and artists’ books that comprise the Project collection are incredibly varied. A sense of whimsy runs through many of the pieces: salt and pepper shakers become snow globes, a music box exhorts us to be silent.  Many works also have a sociopolitical focus, addressing issues as varied as slavery, AIDS, and gender identity.  Taken together, the Norton Family Christmas Project objects and artists’ books provide a wonderful snapshot of the last thirty years of activity in the art world at large, presenting the work of both emerging and more established artists.  The 2018 edition of the Norton Family Christmas Project was the last and ended the series.

Art Bites – Artist Spotlight: Mary Cassatt @ Cedar Rapids Museum of Art
Apr 1 @ 12:15 pm – 1:00 pm

Our temporary exhibitions have given us an embarrassment of riches: so many Mary Cassatt works in one place! Join Associate Curator Kate Kunau for a discussion of Cassatt’s life and work, and what the pieces on display tell us about her phenomenal career.

Join us for this series of short 30-45 minute in-gallery presentations by Associate Curator Kate Kunau on some aspect of the current exhibitions.

Buddy — The Buddy Holly Story @ Old Creamery Theatre
Apr 1 @ 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm
CR Chess Club @ Cedar Rapids Downtown Library
Apr 1 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

A relaxed, casual session playing this great universal game!

Join the All-Ages meeting of the Cedar Rapids Chess Club from 5:30 to 7:30 pm weekly on Wednesdays at the Downtown Library for a relaxed, casual session playing this great universal game! Whether you are interested in learning chess, advancing your knowledge of the game, or teaching others, you are invited to attend. For more information, connect with us on Facebook or visit www.chessiniowa.org/crchess.

We always recommend confirming details before attending. We hope to see you there!

Open Mic Night with the Artisan’s Sanctuary @ Cedar Rapids Downtown Library
Apr 1 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Watch local musicians perform and network with those seasoned on the jamming circuit.

First Wednesdays at the library are Open Mic night in partnership with Artisan’s Sanctuary. Swing by the downtown library café to learn about other local musicians and, if you’re feeling brave, book a spot. Watch others play, share tips and tricks about the local music scene and learn more about other opportunities to play in the area.

If interested in performing email fernandezv@crlibrary.org at least a week before the event occurs.

We always recommend confirming details before attending. We hope to see you there!

Cornell College Senior Art Shows @ McWethy Hall Peter Paul Luce Gallery
Apr 2 all-day

Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays and 2 to 4 p.m. Sundays. Admission is free.


Opening is on March 29, 2 to 4 p.m.