Quad City Arts is excited about a new partnership with KWQC-TV6, to provide exposure for area artists to create logos for their new weekly show, as well as the opportunity to feature local artists – the segment is called “Quad Cities Live.”
Airing Fridays from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m., QC Live invites area artists to submit their work, particularly to create new versions of the show’s logo. The NBC affiliate is working with Quad City Arts to recommend artists of any age, who can also have their work featured and be personally interviewed on the air.
Bettendorf native Brian Buckles (who now lives in Waterloo, Iowa), adapted a stunning shark painting of his for the logo and was featured on the show on March 19.
“It was really a great representation of his work and the QC Live logo,” says Kevin Maynard, Quad City Arts’ executive director. “KWQC reached out to us. Part of the focus of QC Live is what’s going on in the arts and our community.”
Quad City Arts contacted Buckles, since his work is in the current exhibit at the Art at the Airport gallery (through April 28), in the Quad City International Airport, Moline.
“We knew that outside of Brian’s artwork, he’s also a graphic designer, so he’d be a great fit with quality work and a quick turnaround,” Maynard says.
There is an open call on our website for any artist to submit their version of the QC Live logo, and KWQC plans to feature a different one each month.
“Obviously it showcases our artists’ work,” Maynard says. “It gives them the opportunity to get their work out there; it gives them an opportunity to talk about themselves. And for us, in addition to working with KWQC, we get to encourage people to come to our galleries, here and the Quad City International Airport, and let people know there are lot of really creative people in our region.
“We’re going to encourage our Metro Arts apprentices to create a logo as well,” he says. “This is kind of a fun opportunity to highlight especially young creatives and encourage the next generation of artists in the Quad-Cities.”
“How cool for a young artist to see their work on TV like that?”
The mission of Quad Cities Live
QC Live – co-hosted by Morgan Ottier and Jake Eastburn – launched last month, and features things to do over the weekend in the area, and also is dedicated to local nonprofits.
“Because we saw through the pandemic, the support that nonprofits needed, in our community to help serve others,” says Stephanie Hedrick, KWQC news director. “It just made sense to create, like everything we created about the show needed to belong, to show support for the community here.”
“We were talking about, why don't we just, when we're coming up with graphics and the look of the show, why don't we just make that an ever-changing element and something that would be a platform for local artists,” she says. “That would be another way to show support for the community.”
They borrowed the idea from Google as well, which switches the logo on its home page often, and QC Live wanted to try that, Hedrick says.
The first person they used for a new logo was LaToya D. Lewis -- an art teacher at Lincoln Resource Center in Davenport -- in honor of Black History Month in February.
“She said, this is great for high school students and other young artists,” Hedrick says. “Quad City Arts was great; they wanted to meet and help coordinate those artists for us.”
The show will also highlight those artists on air, though Lewis didn’t want to be interviewed.
“But she provided as a beautiful statement to explain how she came up with the idea,” Hedrick says. “She made a version of it for Quad Cities Live, but it also said Black Lives Matter at the bottom of it. And so we made sure to show that as well to explain where the inspiration came from.”
“We hope to not just feature the artist’s work through this logo, but work they’ve done so far,” Hedrick says.
KWQC has had a natural connection with Quad City Arts with the annual Festival of Trees, and she reached out to Alex Salaverria to get suggestions for other artists to design a logo.
Great outlet for artists
“I think it's such a cool idea,” Buckles (who was interviewed remotely for QC Live) says. “It’s obviously a great new platform to give artists of exposure. And, with Quad City Arts and what they're doing in the Quad-Cities, they've been doing it for a long, long time now, but it's just been really cool to see just the different ways and opportunities that they open up for artists to just kind of showcase what they can do and what they're passionate about. And I think that that obviously makes for a more lively culture in the Quad-Cities.”
Featuring new logos is a positive reflection of the variety of art and artists who are in the Quad-Cities.
“Sometimes I think that the Quad-Cities kind of has -- I don't want to say an underground art culture, but you know, maybe one that doesn't get as much recognition as it deserves,” Buckles says. “Allowing the logo to kind of change once a month to reflect someone else's art is a pretty cool idea and concept.”
A 2002 Bettendorf High alum, with a graphic design degree from Iowa State’s College of Design, Buckles adapted one of his paintings that he had done of a tiger shark in the Bahamas for his KWQC logo.
“I have a graphic design background. That's my degree and so I just tried to have a little bit of fun with it -- marrying the imagery with the typography and having the shark swimming through the Q,” he says.
“I thought it would be kind of a fun concept and give it some depth, and try to make it a little bit of an expression of who I am and what I'm about. I’m so appreciative of Quad City Arts and KWQC for that opportunity. It's been a fun, fun process.”
If you are an artist who wants to submit work and an updated logo, you can send images and logo inquiries to our website: www.quadcityarts.com/opportunities or apply directly: www.quadcityarts.com/qclive.
To see Brian Buckles’ segment, visit https://www.kwqc.com/2021/03/22/qc-artist-brian-buckles/. For other past episodes, visit https://www.kwqc.com/quadcitieslive/.
Quad City Arts is excited to be able to provide over $84,000 in funding for 25 organizations, arts-centered programs, and individual artists in 2021.
The goal of the Arts Dollars Project and Education Grants is to provide funding for a variety of organizations and projects that have strong community impact and feature unique and interesting artistic ideas and to ensure that artists are being paid in the process.
Capacity-Building Grants are highly competitive and specially designed for arts-centered nonprofit organizations who are seeking support to expand their reach and impact through the arts in their community.
Glenview Middle School is paying artists to design a mural for their school which reflects the “beauty and diversity of [their] student population”. Not only will this artistic creation live on in the halls of Glenview Middle School for years to come, but students, teachers, faculty, and parents will be involved in bringing this piece of art to life. Arts Dollars funding helps make projects like this one possible!
The Project of the Quad Cities recognizes the benefits of art therapy, and Quad City Arts is proud to fund projects like this one because of the profound and deep effect this project will have on our community. The Project of the Quad Cities will provide art therapy sessions to their clients living with HIV/AIDS which furthers their mission and fits squarely within the mission of Arts Dollars to impact the community through the arts.
Quad City Music Guild is seeking to strengthen its organization by strategically building inclusivity through outreach, restructuring, and training. Strategic Planning and the implementation of these plans is something that Quad City Arts continues to support through Arts Dollars and looks forward to continuing this type of funding in the future.
Joshua Graves is leading a project called “QC Collabs” that is bringing together hip-hop artists from around the Quad Cities to create and produce an album dropping this summer. Not only will their voices be amplified, but Joshua is also using this platform to provide industry-specific education and tips. This project features more than 15 artists, all of whom are being compensated for their work. Quad City Arts is excited to fund this project through Arts Dollars!
Our 2021 grant awards were recommended by a panel of community members who sifted through the nearly $140,000 in requests from across the region and approved by the Quad City Arts Board of Directors. Please join us in celebrating these individuals and organizations!
Capacity Building Grants
Our 2021 grant awards were recommended by a panel of community members who sifted through the nearly $140,000 in requests from across the region and approved by the Quad City Arts Board of Directors. Please join us in celebrating these individuals and organizations!
We are excited about the impact each one will make on our community as they advance their mission and the mission of Quad City Arts: to enrich the quality of life in the Quad City region through the arts.
Thanks to our 2020 Arts Dollars funding partners, The Illinois Arts Council Agency, a state agency and The Hubbell-Waterman Foundation.
The 2021 Quad City Arts Metro Arts Youth Apprenticeship Program is accepting applications through Wednesday, March 31.
Since the summer of 2000, Metro Arts has provided area youth 15-21 years old with paid summer apprenticeships in various arts disciplines. The program provides opportunities for youth and enhances the community through the arts. For five weeks, area youth work together in groups to complete art projects under the supervision and mentorship of professional artists. Participants learn the creative techniques and applications of their genre while developing personally and professionally.
As Quad City Arts continues to focus on equity and accessibility, it became clear that the Metro Arts Youth Apprenticeship needed options that did not require pre-existing artistic talents, like those required to design and paint a mural in five-weeks. The program will still offer mural painting, but also include projects that are designed to be accessible to more entry-level artists, including graphic design, poetry, and film.
“We are excited to offer more accessible options for our paid arts apprenticeship program,” says Executive Director, Kevin Maynard.
This year’s Metro Arts program will start on Monday, June 7, and end on Thursday, July 8. Apprentices will meet for up to four hours Monday through Thursday. Apprentices receive a stipend of $500, and Senior Apprentices (project leaders) receive a stipend of $750.
The program is highly rewarding for apprentices as expressed by a 2020 Metro Arts Apprentice, Maggie Pope:
More project details will be available closer to the start of Metro Arts, but we are excited to share more information on some of our talented Lead Artists:
Aubrey Barnes, Poetry Lead Artist
Aubrey Barnes is an emcee, poet, educator, and author of "Unfin-" and "I'm Not Anti-Love, I Swear." With six years and hundreds of poems and songs under his belt, Aubrey's work encapsulates his unique experience as a black male living in a small region in the Midwest called the Quad Cities; from being a product of rap, to social divides that played a part in shaping his worldview. Aubrey has performed and taught workshops all over; from Chicago, Atlanta, to regions outside the country such as Haiti. He was also ranked number three best slam poet in the state of Iowa in June of 2019 by the Iowa Writers Organization. His poetry workshops consist of teaching the art from the context of rap and battle rap, exposing students to the lyrical and social richness that is within these arts. Being an individual who wears many creative hats, Aubrey aims to provoke ears with his lyrical, battle rap-influenced penmanship, as well as provoke thought, with content that reflects all that he has journeyed through or is journeying through.
Jonathan Burnett, Film Lead Artist
Independent filmmaker and Educator Jonathan Burnett is a native of Rock Island, Illinois. Jonathan studied and received his training in film production and visual media, obtaining a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Academy of Art University, San Francisco, CA, and a Master of Fine Arts from Loyola Marymount University. He has written, directed, produced, and filmed several projects during his tenure. Jonathan worked on professional films in France, Algeria, and Atlanta, Georgia. He is also the Creator, Director, and Lead Instructor of the Urban Exposure Independent Film Program, a ten-week intensive program that teaches the basics of filmmaking to youth in the Midwest. Jonathan’s thesis film “Smoke & Mirrors” completed its festival tour. It has been shown in nine different festivals across the United States and has won 2 awards for Best Short Film and Best Student Film at the Alternating Currents Film Festival in Davenport, Iowa. Jonathan is now an adjunct professor at Loyola Marymount University and is also working with his father, Honorary Oscar Recipient, Charles Burnett to produce feature films and television content.
Sarah Robb, Mural Design Lead Artist
Sarah Jean Robb was raised in Davenport, Iowa. She received her BFA in Illustration with a minor in Graphic Design from Laguna College of Art & Design in Laguna Beach, CA. Sarah devoted nine years to her art career in California entering a variety of exhibits, creating murals, and commissioned jobs. Still, the desire to rediscover her roots resulted in moving back to Davenport, fifteen years ago where she continues to pursue her passion and career as an artist.
Since returning in 2006, she has been the Lead Artist for Mural Design with the QC Arts Metro Arts Summer Youth Program, a position she has been proud to occupy since 2007. Her love for large scale public art murals and working with the community has led to commissioned projects with The City of Moline, Rock Island, and Davenport, Palmer College of Chiropractic, Child Abuse Council, Augustana College, Dress for Success, Boys & Girls Club of the Mississippi Valley, Schuetzen Park with German Heritage, and many more.
Quad City Arts' Metro Arts Apprenticeship program allows young adults to develop new career and artistic skills, build self-confidence, and creates a sense of accomplishment as they work under the supervision and mentorship of professional artists. Their mentors are accomplished, local artists who are passionate about teaching and encouraging creativity. Let's encourage the next generation of creatives!
The 47th season of Visiting Artist Series continues online with content from 12 new artists presenting a broad selection of music, dance, and theatre genres. Collectively, these videos and residency materials are called the Visiting Artist Series Educational Resources Project.
We asked artists, including a North Carolina rapper and banjo player, a war refugee turned former NPR “Tiny Desk Concert” contestant, and an emerging Chicago dance studio, to provide materials. These resources that students would otherwise not have access to, such as videos on building mobiles, an introduction to Celtic music, and a string quartet program celebrating the life and legacy of Madam C. J. Walker, the first female African-American self-made millionaire in America.
The content is only accessible through our gateway and will be available until June 1, 2021.
Access to Educational Resources is FREE and open to teachers, parents, and other educators looking for supplementary arts materials and content.
It just takes a few clicks to view and use the exclusive materials from these artists. First, sign up for access at https://www.quadcityarts.com/vas-educational-resources. Then log in to the Educational Resources site. Select an artist to view the posted videos and documents. Click the link to watch the video or download the written materials. It’s that easy!
The entire season of artists in residence is available when you sign up, from musicians to actors, dancers to storytellers. Teachers, students, and parents can access performing artists' resources on any device connected to the internet, anytime, anywhere.
If you are interested in additional, live performances, such as a Zoom concert or a live-streamed workshop for students, please reach out! Margot is happy to coordinate experiences for students that will enrich their learning experience and expand access to the performing arts.
Ailie Robertson is a multi-award winning composer, performer and creative curator whose work crosses the boundaries of traditional and contemporary music. She is widely regarded as one of Scotland’s leading traditional musicians and Celtic harpists. She is a five-time National Mod Gold Medalist and a BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year finalist.
Folk musician Demeanor from Greensboro, North Carolina, merges hip hop and folk elements like banjo, bridging the gap between contemporary and traditional cultural music, celebrating folk music as an African American art form.
Ephraim Bugumba, a singer who spent his childhood as a war refugee from his homeland of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He was a contestant on NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert and “American Idol”. His second single, “Stormz,” has been viewed over 1.7 million times on Bugumba’s TikTok.
Invoke is a multi-instrumental band whose encompasses traditions from across America, including bluegrass, Appalachian fiddle tunes, jazz, and minimalism. Invoke has shared the stage with diverse and acclaimed ensembles ranging from the Ensō Quartet to the U.S. Army Field Band and has also appeared with musicians in greatly varying genres - from chamber rock powerhouse San Fermin to DC beatboxer/rapper/spoons virtuoso Christylez Bacon.
Jacob D’Eustachio, a juggler/storyteller who performed throughout the U.S. for two seasons with the Zoppe Family Circus. He spent three years at the prestigious Ecole de Cirque de Quebec, Canada and performed at the renowned Circus World Museum in Baraboo, Wisconsin.
Jaerv is a described by Jeffrey De Hart, a Billboard Sweden Correspondent, as “an innovative Swedish folk quintet with jazz and pop leanings who flawlessly blend original songs with stellar takes on captivating Scandinavian folk songs, some dating back 700 years. The combined talent, humor, and professionalism these impressive men exude is unparalleled. Musicians. Vocalists. Songwriters. See them. Feel them. Experience them.”
John Driskell Hopkins is most well-known as a founding member, vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, and songwriter of the Grammy Award-winning Zac Brown Band. John became a founding member of the Zac Brown Band (ZBB) in 2005 as a bass player and has enjoyed engineering and songwriting credits on hit songs including “Toes,” “It’s Not OK,” and “Sic Em On A Chicken,” from the triple-platinum selling record “The Foundation”, as well as “Nothing,” “I Play The Road,” and “Settle Me Down,” from the platinum selling record, “You Get What You Give”.
PUBLIQuartet is a string quartet that was described by The Washington Post as “a perfect encapsulation of today’s trends in chamber music.” The quartet has held residencies with American Composers Orchestra and Deer Valley Music Festival’s “Emerging Quartets and Composers” program. In 2019, the group received their first Grammy nomination for their sophomore album, “Freedom & Faith”.
SchoolSculptures with Kevin Reese is a residency program where he works with school and civic communities to create large permanent moving sculptures inspired by the participants’ designs. Kevin was selected in 2013 as the Residence Teaching Artist at the National Gallery of Art. In the past 20 years, SchoolSculptures with Kevin Reese has created over 190 installations in 30 states throughout the country.
Skerryvore represent the best in contemporary Scottish traditional music with their mix of fiddle, accordions, pipes, and whistles, alongside guitar and vocals, underpinned by bass, drums and keys. Their six studio albums demonstrate their unique fusion of folk, traditional, rock, and Americana, even jazz. Skerryvore is two-time winners of Scotland's Traditional Music Awards coveted “Live Act of the Year” (2011 and 2016).
South Chicago Dance Theatre is a multicultural organization aiming to preserve the art of dance through quality performances and educational opportunities. The diverse repertoire of the company fuses classical and contemporary dance styles as well as preserves historic dance works.
Symbio is a Swedish duo is regarded as one of the most interesting new bands from the Swedish Folk & World music scene thanks to the interplay of hurdy-gurdy and accordion. They were awarded as the Best New Artist of the Year at the Swedish Folk & World Music Awards in 2016.
We will keep you informed on upcoming event details, as we look forward to ease in to more in-person events.
(DOD Photo by Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Carlos M. Vazquez II)
Beyond the hope and promise of the inauguration of any new American president, we at Quad City Arts are still riding high from the celebratory events of Jan. 20 in Washington, D.C.
Amplifying the stirring call of President Joe Biden to national unity, and healing, we saw the timeless power of art, music, and poetry used anew to connect, bind, uplift, comfort, and inspire the nation -- and why arts and culture matter, now more than ever during this devastating, isolating pandemic.
“This inauguration truly highlighted the power of the arts through installations and performance of poetry and music -- all of which focused on the message of unity and hope,” said Kevin Maynard, executive director of Quad City Arts.
“Through the use of lighting at locations in Washington D.C., Boston, Las Vegas, and others, art was used to unify a nation while memorializing those lost to Covid-19. As people were unable to gather on the National Mall, flags were planted to represent the states and territories, this installation art furthered a message of unity.
“Poetry was used to solidify a message of hope, but not without challenge,” Maynard said. “Music was used to celebrate. It was encouraging to see the arts, especially the visual arts, so well represented on the national stage.
“The arts have the power to inspire and to heal. It was clear that was the intention at this celebration, and it worked,” he said.
Several art installations and performances in Washington and around the country have defined and expressed the boundless loss, grief, and hope we feel at this critical, unprecedented juncture in history, including:
(Photo by Victoria Pickering)
Her temporary art installation (through November), as is the case with the many makeshift memorials that have emerged throughout the pandemic, sought to remind people not only of the immense scale of loss, but also emphasize the individual, according to PBS. People were able to personalize the flags by writing down the names. Others left messages.
In September, the COVID Memorial Project planted 20,000 U.S. flags on the National Mall. Each flag represented 10 lives then lost to the virus. Aside from national installations like that project and Firstenberg’s, there have also been flag memorials that reflect how Covid has hit different regions of the U.S.
· An installation of 200,000 flags and 56 pillars of light—representing every U.S. state and territory—opened on the National Mall on Monday night ahead of the inauguration. The "Field of Flags" occupied the space normally filled by the public, who were unable to attend the event in person due to the coronavirus pandemic and the heightened security in Washington following the deadly attack by rioters at the Capitol on Jan. 6.
(DOD Photo by Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Carlos M. Vazquez II)
· On Jan. 19, the Reflecting Pool in front of the Lincoln Memorial was lit as a memorial to the more than 400,000 lives lost from Covid-19. Communities across the country were invited to illuminate buildings and ring church bells in a national moment of unity and remembrance.
(Video Source: PBS News Hour)
· A project to create a massive crowd-sourced kolam tile installation, led by artist Shanthi Chandrasekar, honored Vice President Kamala Harris’s maternal heritage. The 2,500-square-foot work was originally planned to be installed in front of the Capitol, but following the violent insurrection at the site, it was postponed until after Inauguration Day.
· Following a year when differences and divisions have dominated headlines, the Kennedy Center’s REACH campus is home to a free outdoor art installation, UNITY | PEACE | FORWARD, through Feb. 28. The exhibit is “a space for contemplation and a glimpse into the minds of performers, artists, writers, and cultural leaders about their hopes, fears, dreams, and aspirations in a time of uncertainty and isolation,” according to Washington’s Kennedy Center.
Developed by the Kennedy Center as a collaboration between International Programing and the office of Accessibility and VSA, UNITY | PEACE | FORWARD elevates the voices of artists with disabilities and also forwards the Center’s commitment to accessibility with a companion online component.
(Video Source: The Kennedy Center)
The UNITY installation at the Reflecting Pool by the River Pavilion features art from five VSA emerging young artists. The PEACE flag displayed on the hillside of the REACH Gardens is a collage of 270 smaller flags of all the U.S. states and territories, as well as flags from all the world countries with which the U.S. maintains diplomatic relations.
· In addition to the star-studded musical performances during the inauguration (such as Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez and Garth Brooks), and in a special “Celebrating America” concert that night, Jan. 20 made a superstar of 22-year-old poet Amanda Gorman. A Harvard grad from Los Angeles, she is a former National Youth Poet Laureate, and moved many with her electrifying “The Hill We Climb,” penned for the occasion.
(DOD Photo by Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Carlos M. Vazquez II)
“Gorman echoed, in dynamic and propulsive verse, the same themes that Biden has returned to again and again and that he wove throughout his inaugural address: unity, healing, grief and hope, the painful history of American experience and the redemptive power of American ideals,” NPR wrote.
Where Biden said, “We must end this uncivil war,” Gorman declared, “We lay down our arms so we can reach out our arms to one another.” Gorman, like Biden, had a speech impediment as a child. (Biden had a stutter; Gorman had difficulty pronouncing certain sounds.) She told NPR's Steve Inskeep that her speech impediment was one reason she was drawn to poetry at a young age.
“Having an arena in which I could express my thoughts freely was just so liberating that I fell head over heels, you know, when I was barely a toddler,” she said.
Ryan Collins, a Q-C poet and executive director of the Midwest Writing Center, said that Gorman was an excellent choice to read at the inauguration.
“As someone who works with young writers, who are often made to feel like their work doesn't matter, I think it was incredibly important for young writers and artists to see someone like Gorman deliver so well on such a massive stage, and I think it's validating not just for the work -- that poetry matters, but also for all of those who do that work and have a poetry practice, especially young women, especially writers of color,” he said.
“I saw many poets around my age mention how they were reminded of their earliest encounters with poetry -- specifically Maya Angelou reading at the first Clinton inauguration in 1993 -- and how that stayed with them, helped put them on a path,” Collins said. “Seeing so many poets, my peers, who I respect and admire, share that sentiment was assuring that the same thing is happening right now.
“Kids all over the country are seeing a young woman being celebrated for her craft and her performance,” he said. “I am sure the effects of that will reverberate out into our culture in ways that will surely enrich our lives, just as Angelou's reading did nearly 30 years ago.”
Rene Gellerman, president/CEO of United Way Quad Cities (and board member for River Music Experience and Quad Cities Cultural Trust), was also thrilled with the inaugural emphasis on arts and soaring rhetoric.
“I was reminded of the power each of us have in upholding unity. Words matter. Tone matters. Intent matters,” she said. “Each of us are responsible for the kind of world we want to live in. The lessons and spirit of the inaugural ceremony can be applied in our own organizations and community. For example, when the world changed beyond what we would have ever guessed last year, our community responded. We accepted reality, pivoted and aimed to serve our region’s immediate needs.”
“By recognizing where the need is greatest and applying our resources, we can identify and build the interventions that give people the opportunity for economic mobility, quality education and health care -- regardless of ZIP code,” Gellerman said, adding that we must heed Gorman’s inspiring words, “see the light; be the light.” “Now is the time for the Quad-Cities to prove we’re all in this together,” she said.
“Music and art have a way of teaching us things we didn’t even know we were looking to,” Gellerman said of concisely expressing those ideals. “It inspires hope.”
“I was moved by how much I appreciate and take for granted positivity, the power that we each individually have in creating unity,” she said. “Think about Amanda Gorman and her poem, what she did to inspire people to come together. We all have that power. We don’t utilize it enough -- the music, the positive nature of those songs, how we can overcome challenges, see the resiliency of human nature.”
(Video source: Katy Perry - Firework (Live from Celebrating America Inauguration Special)
The “Celebrating America” concert – hosted by Tom Hanks at the Lincoln Memorial – featured many impassioned, uplifting performances, including by Bruce Springsteen, Foo Fighters, Demi Lovato, Justin Timberlake, John Legend, Jon Bon Jovi, Tim McGraw and Tyler Hubbard, and fittingly concluded by a spectacular, huge fireworks display, accompanying Katy Perry’s exuberant “Firework.”
Bookending his Lincoln Memorial performance of “The Rising” in January 2009 (complete with gospel choir then), Springsteen started the 2021 evening show solo with his “Land of Hope and Dreams.” Appropriately, it sings in part:
“Leave behind your sorrows
Let this day be the last
Tomorrow there'll be sunshine
And all this darkness past
Big wheels roll through fields
Where sunlight streams
Meet me in a land of hope and dreams.”
In a new country song “Undivided,” sung by Tim McGraw and Tyler Hubbard, current tensions also were addressed with an eye to selfless, Biden-esque solutions:
“I think it's time to come together
You and I can make a change
Maybe we can make a difference
Make the world a better place
Look around and love somebody
We've been hateful long enough
Let the Good Lord reunite us
'Til this country that we love's
Hubbard (of Florida Georgia Line) co-wrote the upbeat, inspirational anthem with Chris Loocke while reflecting on his personal quarantine in his tour bus after testing positive for Covid.
“Music gives us hope and brings us together in a way nothing else can. This doesn’t mean we don’t have work to do. Quite the opposite,” McGraw told Billboard. “I loved the positivity of this song and that it called me to check myself and to remember that love is bigger.”
While Covid-19 has devastated arts organizations worldwide, and canceled so many events and opportunities patrons would normally have, many groups and institutions in the Q-C have adapted to find alternate ways of meeting their mission.
Supporting the arts in the Quad Cities impacts quality of life, civic pride, and economic development. After four years when the Trump Administration cast a cold eye toward the arts – consistently seeking to eliminate federal funding – Maynard is optimistic that the new administration will return to strong funding of the arts on a national level.
“After all, it makes good business sense as the arts make up 4.5 percent of the GDP,” Maynard said.
"Seeing the arts celebrated on the national stage renews our sense of pride and celebrates America’s rich and diverse culture," he said.
As we close out 2020, we continue to be impressed by the ingenuity and resilience of our community – pivoting and creating brand new ways of doing things in a year that required it. From going completely virtual to finding ways to make an impact in small groups to making the difficult decision to postpone – our 2020 grant award recipients made an impact on our community this year.
As we look forward to next year, Quad City Arts is pleased to announce Arts Dollars grants for the 2021 cycle. Applications are welcome from individual artists, K-12 schools, and non-profit organizations partnering with artists. All art forms are eligible. Since 1990, Quad City Arts has supported the local art community by awarding more than $1,000,000 in grants to local artists, non-profit organizations, and schools.
This year, Quad City Arts will grant $85,500 to local artists and organizations. The application process is competitive, and applicants are encouraged to apply before the deadline. Quad City Arts staff are available to assist with the application process.
Project Grants support arts projects or programming that primarily emphasize community engagement. Individual artists may apply for up to $1,500. Non-profit organizations and schools may apply for up to $5,000.
Education Grants support projects or programming that primarily provide opportunities in arts education for K-12 students. Individual artists may apply for up to $1,500. Non-profit organizations and schools may apply for up to $5,000.
Capacity-Building Grants fund activities that increase an organization’s overall capacity, organizational strength, and long-term community impact. Non-profit organizations may apply for up to $5,000.
Deadline for applications: January 31, 2021
Recipients will be notified no later than March 15, 2021.
Guidelines, category descriptions, and applications are available online:
Funding for the 2021 Arts Dollars cycle is provided by the Hubbell-Waterman Foundation and the Illinois Arts Council Agency, a state agency. All Quad City Arts programs are funded in part by Festival of Trees, individual donations, and operating grants from the Illinois Arts Council Agency, a state agency.
For more information or assistance with Arts Dollars applications, contact Kaleigh Trammell at firstname.lastname@example.org or 309-793-1213 ext. 102.
Festival of Trees 2020 was completely unexpected in every way. Instead of a parade, we hosted a televised holiday special. Instead of the main event, we hosted a smaller pop-up shop and window display at our gallery in Rock Island. Instead of purchasing admission and event tickets, the community supported Quad City Arts through a day of giving.
With every twist and turn, our incredible committee of volunteers and staff kept the pillars of Festival of Trees in the forefront: to provide a holiday event for the community and support Quad City Arts.
We are inspired by the resilience and creativity of our community – from designers going ahead with the designs they’d planned for this year to family gingerbread competitions to at-home SugarPlum Balls – you give Festival of Trees its spark.
Thank you to everyone who shopped, bid, gave, and volunteered to make this year a success. You are the heart and soul behind Festival of Trees.
You make the Quad Cities a great place to live and you have shown up in support of the arts. Because of you, we are able to provide 7500 students with arts education experiences. Or, to think about it a different way, supported the Rock Island Gallery for TWO YEARS. Or, supported 75 Metro Arts Apprentices for the summer. However you frame it, we appreciate our community and we couldn't do this without you. It’s been a challenging year, but from the bottom of our hearts, thank you for showing your support and we can’t wait to see you all at Festival of Trees in person (hopefully) in 2021!
You can read our most recent printed newsletter below! As you can see from the cover image, this year Quad City Arts celebrates 50 years of making the arts accessible in the Quad Cities. In this unique year, it seems fitting for us to celebrate! We worked hard to make meaningful adjustments to serve our mission and provide even more accessibility to the arts. Most of this year's focus was placed on shifting programs virtually as we remain committed to the health, safety, and vitality of our region. This year, we have a way to share all our news digitally through our blog, support artists by selling artwork online, and provide quality performance arts materials through a free platform for educators.
During this difficult year, we continue to serve our mission, because we have witnessed the life-changing power of the arts. We've seen it through our digital Chalk Art Fest, by providing a creative platform for our community, by our Metro Arts Apprentices beautifying our community, and by our community educators embracing the Visiting Artist Series Educational Resources. We are also seeing a record number of people turning to arts and entertainment for comfort, to pass time, to try something new, etc.
The arts may be more important now than ever. This year, we are unable to host our signature fundraiser, Festival of Trees, which makes it challenging to raise the needed dollars to support our mission and programs. Please consider giving to support our Festival of Trees Holiday Special and Day of Giving at www.qcfestivaloftrees.com/gift. Because of your support, Quad City Arts is able to bring artists into classrooms, inspire young people to pursue a career in the arts, pay artists for their work, and make the Quad Cities a more beautiful place to live.
For over 46 years, dancers, actors, singers, musicians, and authors have traveled from across the United States—and occasionally from across the world—for a week in residence with Quad City Arts through our longstanding Visiting Artist Series program. The resulting performances reach tens of thousands of students each season.
When coronavirus precautions made it impossible for artists to visit students in person, we decided to bring the artists, their talents, their performances to students through a multimedia collection: The Visiting Artist Series Educational Resources project. The website offers content from professional artists and ensembles, including brief demonstration videos, study guides, workshop-style videos, and more, all coordinated by Quad City Arts. Each video is subtitled in English and Spanish, allowing a broad audience to access our Educational Resources. This collection of resources stands in for the planned in-person educational residency activities for Fall 2020 and Spring 2021.
Many of the artists included in the Educational Resources site were originally scheduled for an in-person residency in the Quad Cities for this season of the Visiting Artist Series.
The series’ change from in-person residency activities to an online resource center for teachers and parents is not only safe for everyone involved, it allows our artists in residence to present brief videos or documents that complement the classroom curriculum, and it broadens access.
In a typical season, we serve schools in over a dozen districts in both Iowa and Illinois. For our 2019-2020 season, we served 14 districts, which is a high point for us. The limit on serving more districts and more schools, more students, has always been about the logistics of getting artists to area schools within the constraints of the daily school schedule.
The series is no longer limited to performances in a school space during class hours; this exclusive content from 11+ artists is available to students at any school in the area at any time.
Now that we are moving to an online model, the series is accessible to wherever students and the internet are -- public and private schools, homeschooling groups, even non-traditional schooling sites like detention centers and hospitals. Teachers, students, and parents can access performing artists' resources on any device connected to the internet, anytime, anywhere.
Another benefit of this model is that schools can access all of the artists instead of picking to host just one or two for their students. The entire season of artists “in residence” with the Visiting Artist Series is available, from musicians to actors, dancers to storytellers.
We hope that you will find something enlightening and delightful in the work of these artists and welcome your feedback. Enjoy!
Since its beginning in 1974, the Visiting Artist Series has always been a unique cultural asset in the Quad Cities. The 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 master classes at preK sites, elementary, intermediate, and high schools as well as college campuses and community organizations.
Many public places throughout the Quad-Cities are more beautiful and colorful because of Quad City Arts.
The late executive director Lloyd Schoeneman (who died at 49 in 2001 from cancer) was the driving force behind our public sculpture program. In the 1990s, Lloyd introduced the concept of community-built art to the Quad-Cities, organizing design charrettes which resulted in the Navigation Steps at Leach Park (Bettendorf) the Nature Spiral at Illiniwek Park (Hampton) and the Lindsay Park Architectural Sculpture Park (Village of East Davenport.) He also was administrator for the “Face the River” public sculpture project in the area.
Schoeneman led the concept for an interactive and educational park, with a series of design meetings facilitated by Quad City Arts. Nearly 50 area historic preservationists, businesspeople, recreation enthusiasts, and river activists came together over a two-year period to develop the community-built project along the parkway south of the Village of East Davenport.
Lori Roderick and John Gere were its primary designers, with Roderick serving as the project's lead artist. The architectural sculpture park was dedicated and presented to the City of Davenport on May 22, 1999.
We have formally facilitated leasing and installation of public sculpture in the area since 2002, starting with the city of Davenport – which now has nine outdoor sculptures on permanent display. The city of Rock Island has participated in the program every year since 2007 and Bettendorf, since 2008.
Davenport’s began 18 years ago, with plans to establish a cultural corridor along the Mississippi River on 2nd Street, as the city saw public art as a way to draw attention to the developing cultural scene. The year-long rental of sculptures by regional artists and facilitated by Quad City Arts, continued in Davenport through 2011.
In 2007, The Downtown Rock Island Arts and Entertainment District embraced public sculpture by the renting three sculptures, funded by the City of Rock Island and placed in the downtown area. In addition to a growing number of murals, new shops, loft apartments and Riverview condos, the sculptures became a vital component of the city’s strategic plan objective to include the creation, performance, sale, and public display of art.
Moline Centre Partners joined program in 2007, by renting five sculptures for their downtown. With three of the Quad-Cities participating, a brochure was designed and marketed through the Convention and Visitors Bureau. Moline stayed in the program for two years, until the Moline Centre Partners dissolved; Renew Moline has since gotten involved.
The City of Bettendorf joined the program in 2008 and has continued to select and rent at least three sculptures per year ever since. Bettendorf has purchased five pieces for the city’s permanent collection.
The Davenport RiverCenter began leasing sculptures with the 2012-13 program year and then opted to use the “rent to own” clause to purchase two works.
“While difficult to measure the impact, public art conveys that the people who live in a city that invests in art are invested in their community,” said Dawn Wohlford-Metallo, Quad City Arts’ visual arts director. “When people see art in a community, they know that the city leaders have a designed a vibrant place to live, where people want to spend time. Where there is art, there is likely to be other recreational amenities” she said.
“It also shows that the community does not have a transient population, but is one that is invested in the people, open to new ideas and willing to take risks. In addition, a city enriched with public art, and one that offers cultural amenities, is a city that attracts businesses. When Volkswagen chose Chattanooga, the arts environment was a deciding factor.”
Public art is a way to develop a downtown into a cultural destination, Wohlford-Metallo said. “People may come to see a sculpture, then stop and eat at a restaurant, shop or enjoy other cultural offerings.”
To date, 164 sculptures have been leased through the Public Sculpture Program.
This June, six sculptures in Bettendorf and four in Rock Island were replaced with new ones, featuring colorful, creative and whimsical work from artists throughout the Midwest. Each city chose to keep one sculpture from last year’s selection for another year.
Renewing Moline with art
For the first time, Renew Moline has joined the effort, in sponsoring sculptures.
On the riverfront near 15th Street is “Swans On the Marsh” by V. Skip Willits of Camanche, Iowa, and at the Kone building near Bass Street Landing in Moline is the blue “Metamorphosis” by Hilde DeBruyne of Cumming, Iowa.
DeBruyne describes her Moline piece as “An organic, contemporary, streamlined sculpture in steel. It refers to the Metamorphosis of butterflies. Butterflies are a symbol of transformation, because of their impressive process of metamorphosis. By observing butterflies, we can relate to our own lives: Each of us transforms through multiple stages in our life: moments of growing pains, times of hunger and vulnerability followed by moments of tremendous energy, growth, wonder and amazement.”
“Public art is an important feature of a vibrant downtown,” said Alexandra Elias, President/CEO of Renew Moline. “We are happy to welcome these works to our riverfront experience.”
The City of Moline was in the planning stages of a Downtown Moline Public Art Master Plan when the pandemic limited public interaction. The plan is on hold until such time as the public can be re-engaged in the process. In the meantime, the Public Sculpture Program offers a convenient opportunity to bring joy to the community through public art.
All of the sculptures are for sale and can be purchased by individuals, businesses or the city for permanent installation after June of the following year. And they’re very popular sites for people to take selfies.
The sculptures are leased and on public display for a one-year period (each artist gets a $1,200 stipend), at which point they may be purchased for permanent installation or be replaced with new sculpture.
Renew Moline’s latest art project focuses on a dilapidated brick building, right off the 74 bridge on Moline’s riverfront, all about possibility. Artist Brandon Nees is thrilled about bringing that surging potential to colorful life.
The 25-year-old Davenport artist, who graduated from Moline High School, has been chosen to create a $10,000 public mural on nine panels of the boarded-up ground floor of the Spiegel Building, 200 20th St., just north of River Drive.
Renew Moline partnered with the City of Moline and Quad City Arts to issue a call for entries, resulting in 28 submissions from artists around the Midwest. Renew’s Public Art Steering Committee evaluated 20 of the proposals and chose three for further consideration.
On Sept. 8, Nees’ proposed concept was endorsed by the Project Management Team (PMT), a public/private partnership between Renew Moline and the city to offer guidance and input on downtown projects. Ald. David Parker, a member of the PMT, said that he thought the street-art style proposal was “perfect” for the building and expressed his excitement to see the project complete.
“This proposal is unique,” said Kevin Maynard, Quad City Arts executive director and Public Art Steering Committee member. “There really isn’t another public art project like it in the Quad-Cities. We are excited to see how art can elevate this building aesthetically and economically.”
It is expected to be created in Nees’ home studio and installed on the building in mid-October 2020.
New sculptures in Rock Island, Bettendorf
In 2020, Quad City Arts coordinated installation of 12 sculptures with the financial support of Rock Island and Bettendorf, Rock Island Parks & Recreation, Bettendorf Library Foundation and Ascentra Credit Union, showing their commitment to the cultural and artistic vitality of our community.
Courtney Lyon of Ballet Quad Cities loves “Growing Up” – at the foot of the Centennial Bridge in Rock Island, created by Ben Pierce of Cape Girardeau. Mo. It was installed at the visitor’s center in Rock Island last year and will remain for another year.
“I see it every day when I drive into Rock Island for work,” said Lyon, artistic director of the ballet company. “Even though my mind is typically already busy with what will be happening during the day, I always notice the sculpture. I instantly recognize that my car is crossing an area where civilization abruptly meets nature. It snaps me out of my ‘work’ brain, and it makes me blink and look around and come into the present.
“The sculpture stands strong and tall, circles filled with bricks, triangles filled with blue. I think about the artist and their choice of putting the blue water in the angular container, and the red bricks in the smooth container,” she said. “ It seems so simple that by switching what seems natural, something that could have been normal and expected becomes unique and unforgettable. Would I have thought to do that?
“I realize that I just crossed over the Mighty Mississippi. Even though we built a bridge to cross it, and flood walls to protect us, the river is far more powerful than we are,” Lyon said.
“Delightfully, the blue of the sculpture pops! Sometimes it is the brightest thing around as I come off the bridge if the skies are grey, the water flat, the trees bare.”
Promoting local art for 19 years
Dawn Wohlford-Metallo has worked at Quad City Arts since 2001.
After studying art at Truman State University and Arizona State, she attended the University of Colorado and earned an MFA in sculpture in 1988.
Wohlford-Metallo moved back to her hometown in Iowa in 1998 and she became visual arts director at Quad City Arts, overseeing two art galleries and the public sculpture program.
Additionally, she serves on the Acquisitions Committee for the Figge Art Museum and teaches papermaking at Gilda’s Club. After caring for her home and family, Wohlford-Metallo creates art in the wee hours of the night. She consistently exhibits her work in regional exhibitions.
Quad City Arts typically reaches 350,000 art participants a year and 5,000 artists of all disciplines. We are dedicated to the growth and vitality of the Quad-City region through the presentation, development, and celebration of the arts.
The organization envisions a vibrant, dynamic region where artists, residents, and visitors are engaged in diverse opportunities in the arts and humanities.
While there are very few Q-C artists that do large sculptures, one is featured this year – Moline’s David Zahn, whose “Time Passes” is at Build to Suit on Bettendorf’s State Street, near the Waterfront Convention Center.
“The human form has always been a major element in my work,” he said. “Integrating images of people and blending them with abstract forms has been a long-lasting direction in my art. I strive to create a feeling of timelessness and a strong emotional element in each piece.”
Other Bettendorf pieces include:
Rock Island public art includes:
Hampton Cranes of Bettendorf donated its time and services to install the public sculptures again, which can cost up to $30,000 each to purchase.
To view all the local sculptures along with driving directions, visit: Public Sculpture Program
Continuing to work as a facilitator and connector
Quad City Arts offers services to local organizations and businesses interested in large-scale mural projects or sculptures, by through its connections with artists all over the country.
When the CEO of Genesis Medical Center in Davenport had a vision for a sculptural fountain as part of the landscaping and grand entrance to the new East Campus hospital addition, their staff searched for the right sculptor for over a year before approaching Quad City Arts for help.
We have the resources and connections to sculptors across the nation; wrote a call for proposals and found the perfect sculptor in a matter of weeks.
The Genesis East renovation and expansion was finished in 2018 at a cost of $150 million. At the hospital’s main entrance (which includes waterfalls) is Tempest Ballet, a stainless-steel sculpture that spirals upward. Nearly 10 feet in height, the sculpture was created by Amie Jacobsen, a multi-faceted artist and designer who lives in Kansas City.
Jacobsen earned her MFA in illustration at the Savannah College of Art and Design, where she also taught in the foundations, illustration, and e-learning departments. Her work includes metal sculptures, artisan furniture, décor, and painting.
Jacobsen wrote that the sculpture’s title was “inspired by the form itself. I thought it reminded me of the wind swirling, like in a storm, which is where 'tempest' came from. But it's also graceful and coordinated, like a dance.”
To see what public sculptures in the area are currently on display, visit quadcityarts.com/public-sculpture.