Arts & Culture

Photo by Curtis Bill Pepper

The innovative sculptor Beverly Pepper was a resident artist with the Visiting Artist program in the Quad Cities in 1981.  Over a dozen works were created during her time here.  Four of them remain in the Quad Cities, of which three are available for the general public to view. Her sculptures, many of them monumental in size, have been exhibited in major museums throughout the world including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art, and in many locations throughout Italy where she resided for many decades.

Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Jazz Festival

The 49 th-annual Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Jazz Festival will be virtual this year for the first time.

So it can present a new experience for visitors, the Putnam Museum Science Center will take longer to re-open. 


Arts and cultural organizations in eastern Iowa are among those that'll receive some welcome help from the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs. Wednesday it announced grants totaling 1.1 million dollars for relief during the pandemic, with the money coming from the federal CARES Act. 

Originally from the Quad Cities, Samantha Pauly is an actor best known for originating the role of Katherine Howard in SIX the Musical on Broadway, and for her portrayal of Eva Perón in Jamie Lloyd’s critically acclaimed London revival of Evita.

Quad City Arts

Quad City Arts has re-opened in Rock Island and is revamping its online and in-person programming.

Family Museum

The Family Museum in Bettendorf and the Figge Art Museum in Davenport have taken different approaches to re-opening after shutdowns caused by Covid-19.


New Art Gallery Opens

May 29, 2020
Melody and Jacob Sloat

Even though the pandemic has forced many businesses to close, a new art gallery will open this weekend in Cambridge, Illinois.

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