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Quad City Arts Presenting 42nd Annual High School Art Invitational

March 18th, 2019

Quad City Arts presents the 42nd Annual High School Art Invitational at Quad City Arts Gallery in Rock Island, from March 30-May 2. The exhibition is open to the public, and includes a reception and award ceremony on Thursday, April 4th from 6:30-8:30 p.m. This exhibition features exemplary works of art selected by each high school art teacher in the region. On the average, 16 schools, 28 teachers and over 170 students are provided the opportunity to show their artwork in a commercial art gallery and compete for over $4000 in scholarships and prizes. Primary sponsorship is provided by The William... Read More

Rock the Arts Lights Up Downtown Rock Island

December 4th, 2018

Rock the Arts will light up downtown Rock Island during a December art stroll happening at the Desoto building, The ARTery/MidCoast Gallery West and Quad City Arts. The three art sites will be open on Friday, December 7 during 6 to 9 p.m. and Saturday, December 8, from noon to 3 p.m. At Desoto, there will be demonstrations on woodworking by the Quad City Woodturners, outdoor raku firing with Joel Knanishu and intricate collage with Amber Williams. The Desoto studio will have a table where children can experiment with clay.  New for this event will be the collage demonstration by Amber Williams.... Read More

Grammy Award-winning Classical Guitarist Vieaux Visiting Local Schools

November 23rd, 2018

Jason Vieaux, a highly praised classical guitarist with accomplishments ranging from symphony soloist to a Grammy Award winner, will provide outreach engagements in Quad City schools and community sites from Nov. 26 through Dec. 7, with a solo recital in Davenport on Dec. 8.  Vieaux is the guitarist that goes beyond the classical and is “among the elite of today’s classical guitarists,” according to Gramophone Magazine. Vieaux’s most recent solo album, “Play,” won the 2015 Grammy Award for Best Classical Instrumental Solo. In 2012, the Jason Vieaux School of Classical Guitar... Read More

Festival Of Trees Sprouting Up Again!

November 14th, 2018

It’s Festival of Trees time again! The 2018 KWIK STAR FESTIVAL OF TREES, benefiting Quad City Arts, is sprouting up November 15-25, 2018. General Admission opens Saturday, November 17 at the River Center, 136 E. 3rd St. Davenport. This year’s theme is Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree for the 33rd annual gig featuring a spectacular display of over 150 designer trees, rooms, wreaths, fireplace mantles, gingerbread creations and other holiday gift shop items that are all sold to raise money for Quad City Arts, a local non-profit arts organization dedicated to enriching the quality of life in... Read More

Festival Of Trees Sprouting Up Again!

October 15th, 2018

It’s Festival of Trees time again! The 2018 KWIK STAR FESTIVAL OF TREES, benefiting Quad City Arts, is sprouting up November 15-25, 2018. General Admission opens Saturday, November 17 at the River Center, 136 E. 3rd St. Davenport. This year’s theme is Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree for the 33rd annual gig featuring a spectacular display of over 150 designer trees, rooms, wreaths, fireplace mantles, gingerbread creations and other holiday gift shop items that are all sold to raise money for Quad City Arts, a local non-profit arts organization dedicated to enriching the quality of life in... Read More

Quad City Arts announces 45th Visiting Artist Series season

September 17th, 2018

In 1974, pianist Barbara Nissman visited Quad City area schools, beginning a tradition that later became Quad City Arts’ Visiting Artist Series. The 2018-2019 Visiting Artist Series brings ten artists and ensembles to visit the Quad Cities region from September 2018 through March 2019.  These artists will perform over 200 engagements to audiences in local K-12 schools, colleges, and a variety of community sites, including local libraries, churches, senior centers and public concert venues across six counties and two states. The season begins with a collaborative program by hip-hop artist Christylez... Read More

QC Arts Chalking Up New Creative Project

July 10th, 2018

Quad City Arts will present its 2nd annual Chalk Art FEST in downtown Davenport, Saturday, August 25, and Sunday, August 26.  Artists will take to the streets transforming the plain cement pavement into magnificent works of art.  Part of downtown Davenport’s Alternating Currents Festival, https://www.alternatingcurrentsqc.com/, this event will feature live music, food vendors, film screenings, comedians, as well as the opportunity to shop for some unique vintage and hand-made goods at the OMG BeckyFest, taking place across the street in the RiverCenter park.   The Chalk Art FEST is a... Read More

Metro Arts Improv Group Performing at Moline Public Library

July 7th, 2018

The 2018 Metro Arts Improv Group will be performing at the Moline Public Library (3210 41st Street Moline) this Wednesday Jul 11 at 11:30. This performance is free and open to the public. Spend your lunch hour at the library watching talented Quad City Metro Arts students performing improv comedy.   See what these artistically talented young adults have been working on this summer! The Metro Improv group is part of the Quad City Arts Metro Arts Youth Apprenticeship Program. This year, the improv group worked out of The Establishment, home of Comedy Sportz, and were lead by Patrick Adamson. For... Read More

QC Arts Opens 41st High School Art Invitational

April 4th, 2018

Quad City Arts is now presenting the 41st Annual High School Art Invitational! The 41st Annual High School Art Invitational is happening at the QC Arts Gallery, located at 1715 2nd Avenue Rock Island, from Mar 30 through May 3. The exhibition is open to the public, and includes a reception and award ceremony on Thursday, Apr 5 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. This exhibition features exemplary works of art selected by each high school art teacher in the region. On the average, 15 schools, 28 teachers and over 170 students are provide d the opportunity to show their artwork in a commercial art gallery and compete... Read More

Storyteller Charlotte Blake Alston Performing This Week

February 18th, 2018

Storyteller and librettist Charlotte Blake Alston will be in residence through Feb. 23, thanks to Quad City Arts’ Visiting Artist Series. Charlotte Blake Alston is a nationally acclaimed storyteller, narrator, instrumentalist, librettist and singer who performs in venues throughout North America and abroad. She is the host of “Sound All Around,” the Philadelphia Orchestra’s Preschool concert series, and has appeared as host or narrator on the orchestra’s school and family concerts since 1991. She has been a featured host, storyteller and narrator on the Carnegie Hall Family and School... Read More

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