The arts and cultural community plays an important role in Dubuque's economy and social infrastructure. Through significant partnerships between the City of Dubuque and the Arts and Cultural Affairs Advisory Commission, the support of individual citizens and numerous arts and cultural organizations, Dubuque is one of the most vital, creative and attractive places to live and work in the area. Since the establishment of the Arts and Cultural Advisory Commission in 2004, the City of Dubuque has provided over $2.3 million dollars in funding for the arts.
The Arts Mean Business in Dubuque
The arts industry in Dubuque generates $47.2 million in annual economic activity. Learn more
Funding Programs - APPLICATION PERIOD NOW OPEN
Since 2005, the City of Dubuque has awarded over $2,600,000 to area arts and culture organizations and other non-profits for programs that reach thousands of Dubuque adults and children each year. Learn more about Funding Programs
State of the Arts Report
Click here to view a PDF of the State of the Arts. To request a printed copy, email the Arts and Cultural Affairs Coordinator.
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Art on the River - Selection Process Underway for 2015-2016
The City of Dubuque, Iowa, is currently reviewing submissions for the 2015-2016 Art on the River temporary outdoor public art exhibit. Each year, 10 sculptures are chosen to be placed at highly visible locations along the picturesque Mississippi RiverWalk at the Port of Dubuque. Thousands of residents and tourists view the exhibit. Selected artists receive $1,500 for loaning the work for a year. A $1,000 cash award for Best of Show is given to one artist. Sculptures must be for sale. Up to three entries per artist are accepted. There is no application fee. General Information & Application Forms available at: www.cityofdubuque.org/artontheriver
or by contacting Debra Alleyne by email or by calling 563-690-6059.