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They're Making Ideas Happen in Corning
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They're Making Ideas Happen in Corning

There are no mistakes, only lessons to learn. Here in Adams County and the Corning Community, our decisions make the good life we live. Our community is full of teachers in unexpected places, such as the Icarian Village, the Corning Center for Fine Arts and Corning Opera House Cultural Center. Education is our most effective weapon we use to transform our corner of the world.


Corning Center for the Fine Arts (CCFA) first opened its doors at the same time that the Green Valley AEA decided that they were not going to host an area student art show. The board of directors for the art center made the decision that showcasing student art would be a priority for us. Encouraging student art is vital because it is a tool that encourages them to express themselves graphically, emotionally, and verbally. For family members, it provides concrete evidence of their child's work, in addition to increasing their understanding of their child's development. To quote Doug Sickler, original CCFA board member, "A student art show would be a great way to increase self-esteem, highlight hard work, and respect children's accomplishments."  

The response from area art teachers has been outstanding and consistent. Hosting the area secondary and elementary student art shows allows CCFA to showcase the student area talent and to promote the arts in southwest Iowa. For the elementary art show, students arrive in their Sunday best and bring parents and grandparents. Our rewards come when young adults stop in and tell us that they exhibited their art at Corning Center for the Fine Arts when they were in high school and it was one of their high school highlights.  The secondary student show is held in February each year with the elementary show held in April.  

There are more opportunities with our pottery or basket weaving classes and classes by artists-in-resident, so click here for the latest class opportunities.


The Corning Opera House Cultural Center is changing the world through one class at a time. Our education starts with a spark, choosing to try, showing up, and saying yes. We offer several introductory classes from voice, dance, percussion, theatrical sound/lights and even beginning sewing.

Our summer youth musical teaches respect and responsibility. This activity also introduces youth to auditions, acquaints them to dance, grows their musical knowledge, and demonstrates team work. Auditions are in May and production takes place in June.

School day trips are full of knowledge that meets state teaching standards for art, music, theater, and drama. From learning stage directions on our historic raked stage to the proper use of microphones, costumes and props, and theater etiquette whether they are onstage or off. The show must go on, as they perform short reader’s theater skits or poetry for others. Once experienced, participants will want to share it with others. Call for info. (641.418.8037) Also available for adult groups.

There are also monthly opportunities such as vocal lessons, STOMP activities, dance lessons, sewing lessons and more! Click here to learn more about all that jazz!


Step back in time, spending a day in the Life of an Icarian Student, at the French Icarian Village. Explore what life would have been like in the one-room school reading from McGuffy Readers, churning butter, making rope or working in the garden. Playing popular school yard games from the 1880's is a favorite activity.

Schools may book two or four-hour programs for a minimal fee per student in grades pre-kindergarten through 6th grade. Bookings are available September, October, April and May. Call 641.322.4717 for your tour.

This is not a dress rehearsal. It’s showtime in Corning, southwest Iowa – where we make ideas happen!

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  1. Travel Iowa Team
    Travel Iowa Team
    We're glad the arts are alive & well in Corning!
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  2. cohcc
    They are growing! Come check them out!
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