Arts & Culture

Masterpiece on the Mississippi
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.

Arts and Cultural Master Plan

The consultants are coming!
The City of Dubuque recognizes the importance of arts and culture in this community. Arts and cultural events have a marked impact on the quality of life as well as  significant economic impact. In an effort to foster growth and development of this sector, the city had engaged the expertise of Lord Cultural Resources consulting firm to assist in these efforts. Thus far, they have completed the first phase of research which was primarily observation and visioning with Dubuque arts organizations and thought leaders. The second phase is focused on community participation. During this phase the consultants intend to speak with a variety of community stakeholders in order to gain a better perspective of community needs. Community input and participation is central to this phase as the process moves forward. During their visit there will be several ways in which the community may participate and those opportunities will be posted here as they become available.

Master Plan Survey
One of the ways in which anyone in the community can participate in the Arts and Cultural Master Plan is by sharing their perspective. This master plan is meant to be able to allow the citizens of Dubuque to have input into how we shape our arts and cultural community. Tell your friends and get involved by clicking here to take the survey. 

Arts Organizational Survey

Want to learn more about arts and cultural organizations operating in Dubuque? So do we! We want to support all arts and cultural endeavors in Dubuque. This short survey for arts and cultural organizations will provide information that we can all learn from. All arts and cultural organizations are encouraged to take and share this survey to help create a snapshot of all the wonderful things the City of Dubuque has to offer.

Congratulations to the 2015-2016 Grant Recipients!
The City of Dubuque is devoted to supporting arts and cultural organizations and one of the ways in which we provide support is through our funding programs. Click here to see the deserving recipients of the Special Projects Grant this year and here to see the recipients of Operational Support Grant.

These funding opportunities are open to all arts or cultural organizations operating for the benefit of the residents of Dubuque. For more information about how you can successfully apply for either of the grants click here.

*New* Online Grant Reporting Form
In an effort to make grant applications and reporting much easier, more efficient and cost effective we have now made the Special Projects Grant report form an online form. Organizations will have the ability to enter information, upload documents and pictures and submit the form online in one easy step. We hope to be able to bring this ease of application to our other granting procedures in the near future. To complete the Special Projects Grant Report form click here 

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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Open Commission seat
Know of anyone that has a passion for the arts, culture and loves helping the community? Then perhaps they should apply to join the Arts and Cultural Advisory Commission. Commissioner Julie Steffen faithfully served the community and we thank her for her commitment and service. Her recently vacated seat is now available to be filled by another passionate and committed member of the Dubuque community. To apply click here and for more information about the Arts and Cultural Advisory Commission click here.
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