community & public art
Metro Arts brings together artistically talented young adults and provides them with productive, creative, paid apprenticeships in the arts. The program takes place over five weeks each summer is open to any student age 15-21. Participants work on group projects under the supervision of a professional teaching artist. Participants learn the artistic techniques and applications of their particular genre while developing professional career skills.
Communities that invest in public art create a vibrancy demonstrating an investment in and respect for the area. Quad City Arts has been instrumental in facilitating public art for 15 years.
The Chalk Art Fest is a free, family-friendly event that is open to the public. Professional and amateur artists create vibrant street art, competing for prizes. The event also features a community art piece, where anyone can try their hand at creating chalk art.
Since 1979, the Arts Dollars grant program has provided funding for local artists and non-profit organizations to enrich the quality of life in the Quad City region through the arts. These grants support artists and arts programming with an emphasis on community engagement.