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 representing diverse disciplines at minimal cost. Artists are chosen for their quality or educational ability.

Outreach performances during the one- or two-week residencies take place mostly in schools. We serve school district in a six-county service region including the Quad Cities. Residencies are designed to reach students of all ages, from preschool to college.

Visiting Artists also perform at business locations, social service organizations, and public facilities. Each residency concludes with a public performance in a traditional concert hall.

The objectives of the series are to provide extended interactions between the artists and the community, to expose and educate student and adult audiences by broadening their understandings of the arts, and to make arts accessible to a wide variety of people.

Artists are chosen at an annual selection meeting two seasons in advance. Scheduling for performances at community sites during the 2016-2017 season will begin April 2016.

Public Concerts

Live performances will be posted to our event calendar as soon as the details are set.


View an in-depth history and description of the Visiting Artist Series.

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.