Arts & Culture in Dubuque

COVID-19 Update

If you are an arts and culture non-profit, small business owner, or independent artist experiencing economic hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, please visit our Resources for the Creative Sector during Covid-19 page curated to meet the needs of Dubuque's creative sector.

Art on the River Returns

We are pleased to announce the return of the program for 2021 with 11 new sculptures featured in this year's exhibit.

"Resiliency Flows" was been selected as this year's theme for the 2021-22 exhibit, encouraging proposals that spoke to the resiliency and fortitude needed to rebuild better as communities worldwide continue to rebound from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and grow in the ongoing fight for social justice.

Learn more about the selected 2021-22 sculptures.

Art En Route

The City, in partnership with Green Dubuque, is utilizing a $25,000 national grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Asphalt Art Initiative program to enhance 14 bus shelter locations throughout Dubuque with painted murals on the sidewalk surface under and around those shelters. The goal of the sidewalks murals is to draw attention to the City’s extensive and accessible public transit system as a community asset while encouraging residents to actively partner in the City’s Climate Action Plan.

Learn more about the Art En Route program.

Arts + Culture = Catalyst for Change

The City of Dubuque's Arts & Culture Master Plan and subsequent Community Engagement Strategy empowers the community to take the lead on nurturing a more equitable, more engaged, and more connected community by collectively cultivating diverse and accessible arts and culture experiences and opportunities.

By leveraging the power of the arts, culture, and creativity, we can drive a broader agenda for change, growth, and transformation in a way that also builds character and quality of place. Click to learn more about the City’s Arts & Culture Master Plan or how to get involved.

Statement of Solidarity and Equity Commitment Through the Arts

 response to ongoing racial injustices inflicted upon Black bodies and minds around our country, the City of Dubuque's Arts & Cultural Affairs Commission released a statement of solidarity to acknowledge the impact of this pivotal moment and to express the Commission's commitment to support and model racial justice and equity. Read the full statement.

Looking for information on the Solidarity Mural?

Learn more, access a downloadable information guide, and watch a video featuring interviews with project designers and participants.

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Contact Us

  1. Jenni Petersen-Brant  |  email
    Arts and Cultural Affairs Coordinator
    Phone: 563.690.6059

    Economic Development Office
    City Hall Annex
    1300 Main Street, Dubuque, IA 52001

    Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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