Arts & Culture

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 $2.4 million dollars in funding for the arts. The office of Arts and Cultural Affairs helps to support arts in the community by offering grants and by coordinating Art on the River a rotating art exhibit that is currently celebrating its 11th year. The city of Dubuque is dedicated to supporting new and upcoming artists and arts events while preserving our cultural heritage.

**1st Annual Arts and Business Luncheon**

On Tuesday, November 15, from 11:30 am-1 pm, leaders from the arts and business communities will gather at the Grand River Center for the inaugural Arts & Business Luncheon. To Register click here

The keynote presenter for the event will be Mary Bontrager, Executive Vice President of Regional Workforce Development and Education for the Greater Des Moines Partnership.  Ms. Bontrager, who, in her current role, has helped envision the transformation and growth of Greater Des Moines over the last two decades, will speak about the importance of the arts and creativity to talent recruitment and retention efforts – particularly of young professionals – and of ways that the arts can align with strategies to support overall economic vitality and growth.

The Arts Mean Business in Dubuque
The arts industry in Dubuque generates $47.2 million in annual economic activity.
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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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