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The Public Benches of Iowa City Once Again Become Artist Canvases
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The Public Benches of Iowa City Once Again Become Artist Canvases

Iowa City is known throughout the state for various cultural and artistic events. And this is the time of year the dynamic city shows off their creative side-- on their public benches, with the ICCUU BenchMarks Public Art Program. Local artists will make the public benches of the city their canvases as part of the sixth installment of the BenchMarks program. Community members can watch for the paintings and cast their vote for their favorite. The aim of this project is to transform the downtown into a colorful, vibrant, and inspiring area. It may be time to

Local artists will make the public benches of the city their canvases, as part of the sixth installment of the BenchMarks program. Community members can watch for the paintings and cast their vote for their favorite (starting in June). The aim of this project is to transform the downtown into a colorful, vibrant, and inspiring area. It may be time to plan a warm-weather trip to Iowa City!

Iowa City has a rich cultural and educational background. Intertwined perfectly with the University of Iowa, it's a hub of innovation and creativity. Locals appreciate their artists and hold festivals that celebrate music, art, and literature. Art events are common, and artists are encouraged to interact with the public. The BenchMarks Program is a great example of the city's commitment to arts and culture.

Applications for the program were invited in March 2017 and the chosen artists are listed here.

Iowa City organizers excel at utilizing the homegrown talent of local artists when it comes to giving character to their city. 

Learn more about the UICCU BenchMarks Public Art Program here.

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  1. Travel Iowa Team
    Travel Iowa Team
    This sounds like an absolutely fantastic program. Iowa City inspires!
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