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 Workshops

Second Phase Workshops
As we continue with the master planning process, we have added more ways in which the residents of Dubuque can participate. We have included more categories that represent communities within Dubuque in the hopes of getting an even more diverse perspective. You can also participate by taking the Master Plan survey. We look forward to your participation.

Public Workshop
Tuesday October 13th 5:30 pm to 7:pm
Location: The Multicultural Family Center
, 1157 Central Ave Dubuque, IA 52001

This workshop is open to the public. Here you will have the opportunity to meet with the consultants of Lord Cultural Resources to share your input on what you think the master plan should include. We are eager to hear your input.

Veteran's Workshop
Tuesday October 13th 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Location: The Veteran's Center, University of Dubuque, Blades Hall, Lower Level/Garden
2000 University Avenue Dubuque, IA 52001

This workshop is open to local veterans, military families and to the public who can participate meaningfully.

Cultural Workshop
Tuesday October 13th 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Wednesday October 14th 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Location: The Multicultural Family Center, 1157 Central Ave Dubuque, IA 52001

This workshop is open to the public and is focused on discussing the master plan as it relates to the diverse cultures living here in Dubuque.

Business workshop

Wednesday October 14th  8:30am to 9:30 am or 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm
Thursday October 15th  12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Location: Dubuque Chamber of Commerce Boardroom, 300 Main Street, Suite 100, Dubuque

These workshops are being hosted specifically for the business community in Dubuque. Big and small business each play a part in the community and have the ability to participate in the creation of the master plan

Think that there is something missing? A group that has not had a chance to participate? Contact the Arts and Cultural Coordinator at

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.
Learn more

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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