The Waterloo Center for the Arts' purpose is to initiate and further awareness, appreciation, and support of the arts by a diverse audience. Located within the Art Center is the Phelps Youth Pavilion our Children's Museum.Put Waterloo Center for the Arts on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Waterloo holiday planner.
Hours: Tues-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 1-5pm
Cost: Galleries are Free; Phelps Youth Pavilion: $5/person
Located on the banks of the scenic Cedar River in downtown Waterloo, the Art Center offers outstanding indoor and outdoor rental facilities.
Visitors enjoy changing exhibitions in addition to a significant permanent collection including Mexican Folk Art, Midwest Art, American Decorative Arts, International Folk Art and the world's largest public collection of Haitian Art. Galleries are free and open to the public.
Art classes and workshops for all ages and levels are offered throughout the year. Visit: http://www.waterloocenterforthearts.org/PDF/classes2017_summer_Web.pdf for our current class schedule.
Events, festivals and concerts take place indoors and outdoors throughout the year at the Art Center, RiverLoop Amphitheatre and Expo Plaza.
The Center houses a Gift Store, Cafe, Waterloo Community Playhouse/Black Hawk Children's Theatre and the Phelps Youth Pavilion. The Youth Pavilion is an interactive children's museum featuring over 40 hands-on exhibits for ages 12 and under to explore. Milk a life-size cow, drive a tractor through a Grant Wood painting, explore the music, language and culture of other countries, and more! Mark's Park splash pad and playground is located next to the Youth Pavilion and open seasonally.
Waterloo Center for the Arts is supported by:
City of Waterloo
Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa
Friends of the Art Center
Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs
RJ McElroy Trust
Waterloo Convention & Visitors Bureau Hotel-Motel Tax Fund
Waterloo City Council Discretionary Hotel-Motel Tax Fund
Numerous private donors
Waterloo Center for the Arts reviews
My daughter and I had a great time going to the musical. She didn't believe that she would enjoy it. It sounded strange and set in the future. It was fun.
My daughter and I had a great time going to the musical. She didn't believe that she would enjoy it. It sounded strange and set in the future. It was fun. more »
Held a wedding reception here in August for my son and his bride and came back in October to see a play
Held a wedding reception here in August for my son and his bride and came back in October to see a play more »
Excellent place for a concert. Blues Years Eve was a blast! Hope they do it again next year.
Just had my 2 sons joined Birthday parties here this evening (ages 14 and 16 yrs old). Great communication with Camille with booking as well with any questions I had prior to the party this evening. GREAT process to pay for the rental of the hall. I highly recommend Waterloo Center for the Arts.
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