Arts & Culture


Photo by Todd Rosenberg

Kit Polen, Associate Principal bassist for the Quad City Symphony Orchestra, has a unique perspective on the COVID-19 pandemic, as musicians and artists suffered a disproportionate loss this past year after performance venues and concert halls around the world were shuttered.  His wisdom and insights are refreshing as we mark the one-year anniversary from when our lives changed so suddenly.

Deanery School of Music Hires Executive Director

Mar 16, 2021
Deanery School of Music

Less than three months after signing a lease and choosing its name, the new Deanery School of Music has its first executive director, Rishi Wagle of Bettendorf.

A 2016 graduate of Pleasant Valley High School and a 2020 graduate of Brown University, he will work with the board and Hannah Holman, the school’s artistic director, to address many initiatives associated with the start of this new and unique cultural organization serving the Quad-Cities.

Historic Church At Risk

Mar 15, 2021
Central Congregational Church

A historic landmark in Galesburg desperately needs our help. The 123 year old Central Congregational Church, on the Square downtown, is trying to raise money to repair its stained glass windows.

Church Moderator Ann Ehler says their focus is the Hitchcock Windows - 1,000 square feet of stained glass visible from the Square. Fund raising began two years ago to replace the structural supports.

"And then three weeks ago, one of the pieces of the exterior glass cracked and fell inward toward the stained glass. So suddenly our timeline went from eventual to immediate."


SAU Professor and the Oscars

Mar 9, 2021
Bill Campbell

Bill Campbell attended the 91st annual Academy Awards ceremony at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles two years ago, and he may have been a contributor to another Oscar nominee this spring.

The St. Ambrose University music professor – and prolific composer -- wrote the music for the 2018 documentary “Lifeboat,” which was nominated for Best Documentary Short. MTV Documentary Films has added “Lifeboat” director Skye Fitzgerald’s "Hunger Ward" to its portfolio of Oscar-contending films.

Figge Art Museum Assistant Curator Vanessa Sage will deliver a virtual lecture entitled Rebel Artists on Thursday, March 11, 2021 at 6:30 PM.  This is a free event, although registration is required.  A Zoom link will be emailed to all participants several hours before the talk begins, and a Q&A session will be held following the conclusion of the lecture.


Cultural Trust Fund Named for Dale Owen

Mar 4, 2021
Quad Cities Cultural Trust

The former president and CEO of Ascentra Credit Union, Dale Owen, died in November at the age of 52, but his wide-ranging generosity and large legacy will live on in a new fund established by the Quad Cities Cultural Trust.

While battling stage 4 pancreatic cancer, Owen in 10 months worked to raise $500,000 from 11 local lending and banking institutions, including Ascentra. Together, those participants renamed this project The Dale Owen Art and Culture Match.

RI Teen on The Voice

Mar 1, 2021

Charlotte Boyer, a 17-year-old junior at Rock Island High School, will be featured as a contestant in Season 20 of NBC’s “The Voice” singing competition, which begins airing Monday, March 1, at 7 p.m.

Last fall, Boyer didn’t know her mom Chrissy had submitted a video of her performing from 2019 to “The Voice.” Charlotte and her father got an all-expenses paid trip to Los Angeles for the month of October, first so she could quarantine for two weeks. It was her first time ever on a plane, and the blind auditions were at NBC studios.

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