Two public concerts have been announced in conjunction with the February artists in residence from Quad City Arts’ 2021-2022 Visiting Artist Series.
Classical crossover string trio Time For Three will conclude their three-day Quad City residency with a public concert at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 17, at Bettendorf Performing Arts Center, 3333 18th St., Bettendorf. String trio Time for Three has recently helped score the Netflix drama Land, the film marks the directorial debut of actress Robin Wright who also stars in the movie. General admission tickets are $15 for adults, $5 for students. Seating is limited to 150 tickets total. Tickets can be purchased through Quad City Arts at https://sforce.co/3r08Wt6. Time For Three’s residency will be Feb. 15-17 and will serve six schools in the greater Quad City area.
On Saturday, Feb. 26, visiting artist and accomplished pianist/composer Barron Ryan will team up with his Steinway-sponsored father for a performance by Ryan & Ryan of their “Going Gershwin” program 7 p.m. at the Concert Hall at Geneseo High School, Geneseo, Ill. General admission tickets are $20 for adults and $5 for students. Barron Ryan has recently been named by the Smithsonian Magazine as one of "Ten Innovators to Watch". Tickets are available online at https://sforce.co/3tZDY6i. Barron Ryan will visit the Quad Cities Feb. 21-25 and present to area schools, the DeWitt Community Library, Black Hawk College, and the Jackson Concert Series at Wesley United Methodist Church, Muscatine, among others.
These public concerts reflect hosting partnerships that allow Quad City Arts to reach a different audience, expanding on our outreach efforts in new venues. These partnerships are aimed at activating new spaces and reaching more people.
The rest of the spring includes classical ballet and hip-hop fusion dance company Hiplet Ballet Feb. 28 through March 5, High & Mighty Brass Band March 22-25, Mexican folk/rock quintet Jarabe Mexicano April 4-8, and R&B and jazz group LP And The Vinyl April 25-29. For more information on free public events during the spring season of the Visiting Artist Series, visit https://www.quadcityarts.com/events.
The series serves students and community members in Clinton, Scott, and Muscatine Counties in Iowa, and Henry, Rock Island, and Mercer Counties in Illinois. During the 2019-2020 season when artists last visited the Quad Cities, more than 26,600 students participated in the program. Experiences included drama workshops for high school students with an East Coast theatre ensemble, a technique discussion for junior high band students from a Toronto, Canada jazz ensemble, side-by-side concert performance with a Texas string quartet, hip-hop dance presentations on history and technique for elementary students— all arts experiences that students would otherwise not have access to.
Since 1974, the Visiting Artist Series has engaged Quad City residents of all ages in quality arts experiences with professional performing artists. Artists of various disciplines present demonstrations, workshops, and masterclasses at pre-K sites, elementary, intermediate, and high schools as well as college campuses and community organizations.
For more information on this residency program, how to schedule artists at a school or community site, visit www.quadcityarts.com/vas.
What would you create with $5,000? – Would you buy new equipment to take pictures of the beauties in the city? Would you paint a mural that touches the sky? Would you create your next masterpiece? Quad City Arts is offering a new grant to help local artists keep creating.
Quad City Arts’ annual Arts Dollars Grant Program is back this year with several grants including a new Visual Artists Grant. This Visual Artists Grant, funded by an anonymous donor, offers $5,000 dollars to visual artists in support of their creative endeavors. The grant is open-ended and can be used however each recipient sees fit, up to 20% can go straight to the artist pocket as payment to them and the other 80% can be used for a number of things including buying supplies, studio rent, marketing, and ANYTHING that helps the artist continue to create. Each selected artist will also be required to attend two meetings in which are put in place to support the artist through the progression of the year.
Quad City Arts strived to support artists and help them continue to cultivate art here in the QC. With an accessible and uncomplicated application, this Visual Artist Grant is open to any and all visual artists in the area. The application asks for a short artist’s narrative, the artist's resume, and work samples. If you see yourself as a visual artist, apply! With a diverse community panel of judges making the decision, any artist could receive this grant.
Previous Arts Dollars Grant recipient Gabi Torres shares what this opportunity meant for her, “I am really grateful for what the Quad City Arts has been doing in supporting local artist, it has been a game-changer for me personally…it felt wonderful and amazing [to be awarded]. This was the first grant I had received as an artist so it was very validating and so encouraging.” Through the grant, Torres is working to bring more modern art to the Clinton area. In doing that, she has begun working with the Sawmill Museum in Clinton where later this year she will have a free to the public, interactive exhibit displaying a collection of her abstract work.
Torres also shared her feelings towards the new Visual Artist Grant being offered this year, “It is a tremendous opportunity. In talking with lots of artists we’ve all agreed that the grants aimed to help support the buying of materials or a specific project are amazing and wonderful, but it is difficult for us because very few grants support the artist and their time and their actual labor this grant opportunity is different [since 20% can go straight to the artist pocket]. The Visual Artist Grant is a wonderful opportunity for artists in the whole Quad Cities greater area, it is trailblazing.”
Applications are due January 31, 2022
Recipients will be notified no later than March 15, 2022