Arts & Culture

Figge Art Museum

Some residents of eastern Iowa are now part of the permanent collection at the Figge Art Museum in Davenport. Monday it announced the purchase of "Portrait of Maquoketa," portraits of 180 city residents, by Rose Frantzen.

Hoping to become a professional troupe, the QC Theatre Workshop is holding a month-long fundraiser. Through the end of December, its accepting donations at its website so that it can put on more and better shows in the future.Artistic Director Tyson Danner says their budget is small now, so the Workshop relies on volunteers. The QC Theatre Workshop puts on 4 to 5 plays and musicals a year.  Recent shows include "A Green River" and "Red," plus the musical "Bat Boy." Danner says there is no set ticket price.

submitted / Quad City Sympohy Orchestra

The Quad City Symphony Orchestra is celebrating its 100th year. One of its former members, Edna Mae Nagel, was there when the group started a long-standing tradition.

On today's WVIK News Focus, Michelle O'Neill spends a few minutes with the viola player.

Remembering Bruce Carter

Nov 25, 2014
Bruce Walters

WVIK is mourning the loss of long-time program host, and friend, Bruce Carter. He died Monday at University Hospitals in Iowa City after a brief illness. He was 66.

Chef Jason Stewart of Zeke's Island Cafe.


The arts have a substantial on the local economy. Non-profit organizations, like theaters and galleries, bring $71 million to the area each year. That pays for 1,900 full-time jobs and contributes $8 million in local and state taxes.

Kyle Carter & Brittany Bersano of the Downtown Davenport Partnership.

Foster Family Music

A 30 year old family business in the Quad Cities is going to close next month. That was the announcement today from Foster Family Music in Bettendorf.


Music lovers, theater fans, and festival goers are supporting a multi-million dollar industry in the Quad Cities. That's according to a study by Americans for the Arts, a national organization, which presented its findings today at the Figge Art Museum in Davenport.