The Visiting Artist Series is a unique performing arts residency program that brings professional touring artists to the Midwest, offering the community the opportunity to see world-class performers at minimal cost. One- to two-week residencies provide in-depth contact between the artist and audience. Outreach performances take place mostly in schools, but also at business locations, social service organizations, and public facilities. Many only have exposure to the performing arts on television or recordings. Each residency concludes with a public performance in a traditional concert hall.
What makes the Visiting Artist Series unique is that we take the art to the people – Quad City Arts provide the artists with a vehicle and a GPS and they travel from site to site. Study guides are prepared for each residency, including history of the art form and an artist biography. Frequently teachers continue to use the guides in lesson plans after the artist leaves.
Live performances will be posted to our event calendar as soon as the details are set.
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View an in-depth history and description of the Visiting Artist Series.
Artists & Agents
Are you interested in learning more about how to be considered for a future Visiting Artist Series residency? Click below to download a copy of the Visiting Artist Series descriptive brochure, which answers many questions about artist selection, fees, site selection and outreach appearances.
Artists are chosen at an annual selection meeting two seasons in advance. Scheduling for community sites in 2016-17 will begin in late May of 2016.
Quad City Arts receives significant support for the Visiting Artist Series from the following: National Endowment for the Arts, Iowa Arts Council, Arts Midwest Touring Fund, Scott County Regional Authority, Rock Island Community Foundation, Rauch Family Foundation I, Moline Foundation, Target, the Amy Helpenstell Foundation and the Community Foundation of Greater Muscatine.
Local car dealerships donate rental vehicles and hotels provide rooms. Performance space is provided by St. Ambrose University, First Presbyterian Church, Davenport, Deere and Company, Bettendorf High School, River Music Experience, Redeemer Lutheran Church and the Quad City Symphony Orchestra. Additional support comes from service fees paid by school districts, Parent Teacher Associations, service clubs and businesses.