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Summer of the Arts Programming Changes!

By May 4, 2020 No Comments

It is with much sadness that we’re announcing major changes to our festival season. However, we want our community to know that we are reworking our events to ensure the health, safety, and well-being of our community. This is our top priority, and we will continue to follow all City of Iowa City and State of Iowa public health directives.

Summer of the Arts is doing its part to flatten the curve by cancelling and modifying some of our beloved programming. We are sad to be making these announcements just as we usually kick into high gear.

Here are the changes we are making in light of COVID-19:

  • We are cancelling our May Friday Night Concert Series performances. We will try to accommodate these performers by rescheduling at a later time.
  • We are cancelling the Iowa Arts Festival scheduled for June 5-7. We are looking at creative ways to incorporate some of your favorite parts of the Iowa Arts Festival into events later in the summer.
  • We are researching changes for our June Friday Night Concerts, Northside Concert and Free Movie Series.  We are working on ways to share some virtual concerts and hope to reschedule the movies for later in the year.

Along with these changes, we are still trying to be optimistic about holding the Soul & Blues Festival July 31-August 1.  We have a great line-up planned and hope we’ll be able to get together then.

Friday, July 31:

6:00 pm               Children’s Activities, Culinary Delights, DJ Freeze and Mr. DJ Ice at Main Stage

7:30 pm               Fashion Show

8:00-9:30 pm      Dance Party with DJ Freeze and Mr. DJ Ice

10:00 pm             Late night entertainment

Saturday, August 1:

11:00 am             Black Author’s Panel, Prairie Lights Books

12:00 pm             Children’s Activities, Culinary Delights Open

12:30 pm             Kevin B.F. Burt

2:00 pm               Bob Pace and Kathryn Severing-Fox

5:00 pm               Charles Walker Band

7:00 pm               JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound

9:00 pm               Nora Jean

10:30 pm             Late night entertainment

Summer of the Arts mission is to bring our community together through arts and culture and we couldn’t do that without the support provided by our sponsors, donors, volunteers, and attendees. Our community is what makes these events truly special experiences.

If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at We will continue to update you with the latest information we have. Visit our website to subscribe to our newsletter and follow us on Facebook for all of the latest updates. In the meantime, we at Summer of the Arts hope that you stay safe and healthy. Thank you for your continuing support of our organization and programming.

Summer of the Arts is a nonprofit organization that produces local arts and culture events which include: Iowa Arts Festival presented by Veridian Credit Union, Iowa City Jazz Festival presented by the GreenState Credit Union, Friday Night Concert Series presented by Toyota of Iowa City, Iowa Soul & Blues Festival presented by MidAmerican Energy Company, Free Movie Series co-presented by Urban Acres Real Estate and GreenState Credit Union, and Holiday Thieves Market presented by MidWestOne Bank.

The mission of Summer of the Arts is to build community by bringing people together in the heart of Iowa City to experience, learn about, and enjoy free arts and cultural programs.