Arts & Culture in Dubuque

In the interests of public health and controlling the spread of COVID-19, the City of Dubuque is taking steps that includes temporarily closing most City facilities to public access. To view the most recent information about local response, please visit

If you are an arts and culture non-profit, small business owner, or independent artist experiencing economic hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, please visit our Resources for the Creative Sector during Covid-19 page curated to meet the needs of Dubuque's creative sector.

Winter Arts Snow Sculpting Festival and Competition

Through an ongoing partnership between the Dubuque Museum of Art, the City and Winterfun, Inc, Dubuque is home to the State of Iowa’s official snow sculpting competition in early February each year. The 2021 competition takes place Wednesday, February 10 - Saturday, February 13 with snow sculptors vying to represent the state at the annual U.S. National Snow Sculpting Competition in Lake Geneva, WI. Due to COVID-19, in-person community activities will not be held but alternatives engagement offerings such as drive-by viewing, home-based sculpting projects, and online voting for People's Choice will be offered. Click the link below to learn more.

Learn more about the Winter Arts program.

Statement of Solidarity and Equity Commitment Through the Arts

 response to ongoing racial injustices inflicted upon Black bodies and minds around our country, the City of Dubuque's Arts & Cultural Affairs Commission released a statement of solidarity to acknowledge the impact of this pivotal moment and to express the Commission's commitment to support and model racial justice and equity. Read the full statement.

Looking for information on the Solidarity Mural?

Learn more, access a downloadable information guide, and watch a video featuring interviews with project designers and participants.

Arts + Culture = Catalyst for Change

The City of Dubuque's Arts & Culture Master Plan and subsequent Community Engagement Strategy empowers the community to take the lead on nurturing a more equitable, more engaged, and more connected community by collectively cultivating diverse and accessible arts and culture experiences and opportunities.

By leveraging the power of the arts, culture, and creativity, we can drive a broader agenda for change, growth, and transformation in a way that also builds character and quality of place. Click to learn more about the City’s Arts & Culture Master Plan or how to get involved.

What does Dubuque's Arts and Culture sector mean to you?

Created by the Branding and Communications Working Group of the City of Dubuque's Arts & Culture Master Plan, this 5-minute survey seeks to provide critical input on the role Dubuque's arts and culture sector plays in our community. Your feedback will help shape future decisions regarding prioritization of resources, program planning, and outreach strategies throughout the arts and culture community of Dubuque.
Access the survey online, share your thoughts, and be sure to share the survey with friends, family, and others in your household.

Engage with City of Dubuque Arts & Culture Initiatives

Contact Us

  1. Jenni Petersen-Brant  |  email
    Arts and Cultural Affairs Coordinator
    Phone: 563.690.6059

    Economic Development Office
    City Hall Annex
    1300 Main Street, Dubuque, IA 52001

    Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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