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It is the mission of the Dubuque Arts Council, Inc. to present multi-cultural and diverse artistic and educational opportunities that expand cultural horizons and improve the quality of life within our community, with school and community based performances including, but not limited to, the Artist in Residence programming and Music in the Gardens. The mission includes increasing the community’s appreciation and knowledge related to music, performance art, the world and other cultures, and the differences between themselves and others in the greater Dubuque community.

Dubuque Arts Council History

The Dubuque Arts Council was founded in 1969 by a dedicated group of individuals whose mission was to bring oustanding performers from many artistic disciplines to perform in Dubuque Schools to provide inspiration for young people as they experience professionals they normally wouldn't see.

Since then the program has expanded to include 30 schools in the greater tri-state area. Artists are scheduled for three performances per day for 10 days, reaching approximately 5,000 students per artist.

How do we do it

The Dubuque Arts Council operates on voluntary contributions from many outstanding individuals, civic minded business leaders and corporations who believe in our mission of "Educating and Entertaining." We receive an operational support grant from the City of Dubuque Arts & Cultural Affairs Advisory Commission that helps defray our office expenses. We have also received grants from the John Deere Foundation, Dubuque Racing Association-Mystique Casino, the Iowa Arts Council and bequests from several estates. More than 85% of money raised is used to pay for artists.


Music in the Gardens

When the Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Gardens constructed the Packard Pavilion as a venue for outdoor concert events the Dubuque Arts Council began sponsoring and scheduling a regular series of summer evening events held on Sunday evenings at 6:30pm. For seven weeks from mid-June to late July thousands of Tri-state residents gather on the lawn in front of the pavilion to enjoy a wide variety of popular musical attractions ranging from swing to country, jazz to blues and everything in between. Local, regional and national acts have played the Arboretum. Admission is free but free will offerings are taken to help support the mission of the Dubuque Arts Council.

2014 Season

All concerts are 6:30 - 8:30 pm in the Packard Paviliion

June 15

The Brews Brothers - Classic R&B

(Dupaco Community Credit Union & Steele Capital Management)

June 22

Hunter Fuerste's American Vintage Orchestra - Swing

(American Trust & Tri State Independent Physicians)

June 29

The Dubuque Symphony Orchestra

(Friends of the DSO)

July 6

The Madison Brass Band - 30 piece traditional brass band

(Parco Ltd & Premier Bank)

July 13

Denny Diamond - Neil Diamond Tribute band

(The Floor Show Companies - Dbq Home Improvement - Burkart Brothers Flooring)

July 20

Endless Summer - 50s & 60s rock 'n roll

(Dutrac Community Credit Union & Platinum Services)

July 27

The Kids From Wisconsin - Musical review with singers, dancers & orchestra

(Fuerste Eye Clinic)

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