The City of Dubuque's Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, with oversight from the Arts and Cultural Affairs Advisory Commission, aims to strengthen access to diverse and equitable arts and cultural programming throughout the community while fostering sustainability and collaboration throughout the non-profit and for-profit arts and culture sector. This work improves the quality of life for residents of Dubuque, helps to attract and retain a talented workforce, and provides a fertile ground for the growth of creative entrepreneurship. Specifically, the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs manages the annual Art on the River public art program, administers two City grant programs awarded to local arts and cultural organizations, hosts educational and networking events that create connection and collaboration between the arts and business sectors, and oversees the implementation of the City's Arts and Culture Master Plan.
Dubuque is Iowa’s oldest city and is among the oldest settlements west of the Mississippi River. Dubuque has also long been a historical and cultural center with its numerous historic sites, architectural Historic Districts with well-preserved buildings and homes, a revitalized main street, history and art museums, live theaters, ballet troupes, a symphony, three private colleges, two seminaries, a Bible college, libraries and a local history research center, recreational and sports venues, beautiful parks, a state park and nature interpretive center, miles of hiking and biking trails, and the great Mississippi River. Recent recognitions include being named one of the 100 Best Communities for Young People, the Most Livable Small City, and an Iowa Great Place, as well as having been named an All-America City. Dubuque, Iowa is truly a “Masterpiece on the Mississippi.”
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