Arts & Culture
Iowa City has been called the Athens of the Midwest for its rich cultural and educational offerings. The University of Iowa campus, intertwined with the city, embodies an appreciation for learning and is a welcome setting for creativity. It’s a community where librarians are treated as rock stars and both young and old engage their minds through stories.
Take a seat inside FilmScene, the city’s non-profit cinema showing 250+ independent and documentary films each year. Take a City of Literature Historical Walking Tour to learn how the city became designated by UNESCO and about famous authors with ties to the state and the University. Peruse book pages or sit in on an author reading inside nationally acclaimed Prairie Lights Books. Attend our festivals that celebrate literacy, music and dialogue. Behind all of these places you’ll find people willing to share their great city with you.