Arts & Culture


Photo by Joshua Ford/Ford Photography

The Midwest Writing Center is offering an opportunity to have a locally affiliated poet or writer hand craft a poem for someone in your life.  Available through February 28, 2021, Bespoke Poems QC has a “pay what you want” policy, although the recommended minimum is $20 and tips are appreciated.  Simply fill out an on-line information form with details about the person(s) that you are commissioning a poem for, and the tailor-made poem will be sent in either digital form or via traditional mail service back to you.


COVID Extends Miss Iowa's Reign

Jan 25, 2021
Emily Tinsman

Thirteen months after Bettendorf native Emily Tinsman competed for Miss America, the 24-year-old is in the unprecedented position of being Miss Iowa for a second year.

Like everything else, the Covid-19 pandemic upended Tinsman’s touring schedule last year, and since there was no Miss America competition held last month, the 2021 Miss Iowa is expected to be named this June at the Adler Theatre in Davenport, and a new Miss America at the end of the year – the 100th anniversary of what is no longer considered a beauty pageant.


On Midwest Week, how a local foundation is helping Quad Cities cultural organizations get through the pandemic.

Herb Trix's guest this week is Alma Gaul, features writer for the Quad City Times and Dispatch-Argus.

You can also hear Midwest Week Fridays on WVIK on at 6:20 pm during All Things Considered.

Quad City Arts

Art and aviation make a perfect connection at the new Quad City Arts Art at the Airport exhibit with “A Trip Back in Time” at the Quad City International Airport in Moline.

The new exhibit – on display through March 1 – features Drew Morton’s digital drawings of airport runways around the world, Peter Mauney’s time-lapse photographs of airplane arrivals and departures, along with a selection of mid-century modern artifacts on loan from Fred and Ethel’s antiques store in Rock Island, the Putnam Museum in Davenport, and private collections.

City of Davenport

Is there a more fitting song for our tense, troubled times than “Together”, by the contemporary Christian act For King and Country ?

Dance students from Sudlow Junior High School in Davenport and the Creative Arts Academy of the Quad Cities recently did an interpretive dance to the song, and made it into an inspiring video for the Time Capsule of Hope project. The video premiered Monday, Jan. 11 on Paula Sands Live on KWQC.


Surviving 2020 in the QC

Jan 13, 2021

2020 was a difficult and unprecedented year for everyone, and the Midwest Writing Center wants area residents to be part of a new anthology documenting it.

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