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Gallery Exhibits
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Festival of Trees
Metro Arts - Summer Youth Employment
Public Sculpture
Visiting Artist Series


Being able to work with my
peers and collaborate with them
(on an art project) was a very
positive experience..."
- 2009 Metro Arts Apprentice

Quad City Arts Metro Arts Summer Youth Employment program will take place June 9 – July 11, and the projects will be: Pavement Painting, Mosaic, and Dance. The showcase will be the evening of July 10.

Since the summer of 2000, Metro Arts has provided area youth (15-21 years old) with paid summer apprenticeships in various arts disciplines. The goal of the program is to simultaneously provide opportunities for youth and enhance the community through the arts. For five weeks, area youth work together in groups to complete art projects under the supervision and mentoring of professional artists. Participants learn the artistic techniques and applications of their particular genre, while developing personally and professionally.


Previous Projects

Metro Artists paint murals nearly every year. Mural locations include:

Rock Island, IL: “Flow Together” (2007), south of Centennial Bridge on-ramp; “Creation of Art” (2008), 24th Street, north of 4th Avenue; Untitled (2011), 16th Street, south of 2nd Avenue

Davenport, IA: “Davenport in Motion” (2009), 4th Street Pershing – faces southeast; “Natural Vitality” (2010), 4th Street Pershing – faces northwest; “Cultural Harmony” (2011), 3rd Street and Iowa – faces southeast; “Experiencing Progression” (2012), 314 3rd Street; “Glimpse into an Artist’s Mind” (2012), Emerson Place

Bettendorf, IA: “Active in Iowa” (2011), 18th Street and Lincoln Road

To view mural sites on a map click here.

Metro Arts Comedy Improvisation

Comedy Improvisation
With the help of Comedy Sportz/The Establishment Theatre, this new group learned the art of making people laugh. Each teen participated in hilarious skits to be performedat the final showcase celebration.


Metro Arts Dance

Metro Arts dancers work with Ballet Quad Cities. They study a variety of styles, choreograph and set original work with their fellow dancers, and present outreach activities for youth throughout the community. To book an outreach activity, contact Jessi Black.



Thank you Sponsors...
Metro Arts is made possible by generous support from Bechtel Charitable Trust, City of Rock Island, Modern Woodmen of America, Deere & Company, Downtown Partnership (a division of the Quad Cities Chamber), City of Bettendorf, Moline Forge, Inc., Davenport Noon Optimists, Bituminous Insurance Companies, Bettendorf Rotary, Moline Foundation: Karen’s Summertime FUNd, Junior Board of Rock Island. In-kind support has been provided by Ballet Quad Cities, Sergeant Pepper’s Auto Body Shop, The Establishment Theatre / ComedySportz, The YWCA, Tri-City Electric, AAMCO Transmission, Front Street Brewery, Quad City Cycle Shop, and our neighbors on Lincoln Road, Bettendorf.


For more information about Metro Arts contact our Community Arts Director, Jessi Black