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Spring Into Iowa City's Arts
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Spring Into Iowa City's Arts

The sun is out, the temperatures have risen, and the arts continue their creative expression in Iowa City and its collective communities. Here are a few ideas to start off spring a little differently than you may have before.

Mission Creek Festival April 4-9 will be a convergence of creativity in its many forms throughout downtown Iowa City. Throughout six days, independent-minded sounds, words, and events will descend upon the city as live music, literary readings, film screenings and other events fill local venues. Guests such as Andrew Bird, Margaret Cho, Cole Swensen and Adam Haslett are just a few of the 60+ guests that will be part of this annual festival. Attendees can purchase a full festival pass or individual tickets for particular performances. Some events are free of charge. You won’t find an event quite like this is Iowa – so pick an evening or weekend and come see what it’s all about.

The Spring Art Expose, hosted at the University of Iowa’s Iowa Memorial Union each year, will take place April 8-9. Find unique pieces by artists skilled in painting, ceramics, photography, metal, glass, woodworking, jewelry and printmaking. There is no cost to attend the event, which even features a Wine and Craft Beer Tasting.

Also in the Iowa Memorial Union, you'll find the University of Iowa Museum of Art’s exhibit “Bodies in Motion.” Head to the third floor to see Barbara Morgan’s ability to capture motion through dance photography compared with other works that express movement by artists such as Jackson Pollock and Nathan Lerner. This exhibit will be open to the public until mid-June.

Relativity opens at Riverside Theatre April 14th and details a theory explaining what came of Albert Einstein’s daughter, who disappeared and was never spoken of again. The play's artistic director describes it as a piece that uses “wit and intelligence to uncover possible truths.” Intrigued? Reserve a seat for the play to get the full story.

For more ideas to plan a trip to Iowa City and it curious communities, head to


Image Credit: Martha Graham in “War Theme”, 1941 by Barbara Morgan


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