Visiting Artist Series

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.

Public Concerts

Live performances will be posted to our event calendar as soon as the details are set. For more information, view the 2014-2015 roster.

Educational Residencies

Interested in having an artist visit your school? View details.


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.

More information:

Visiting Artist Series descriptive brochure

2014-15 Visiting Artist Series PDF roster


Scheduling for community sites in 2015-16 will begin in late May of 2015.