About Us


The Waterloo Center for the Arts stimulates inquiry, provokes dialogue and connects people through the arts.

We are a municipal non-profit institution dedicated to fostering community awareness and appreciation of the arts by acquiring, preserving, exhibiting, and interpreting significant works of art. Operating under the auspices of the Waterloo Cultural and Arts Commission, the Center and its programs reflect the City’s commitment to and support of arts and culture.

The Center for the Arts offers a wide range of programs, exhibits, and activities to the community.

  • A permanent collection featuring Midwest Art, American Decorative Arts, International Folk Art, and the largest public collection of Haitian Art in the world
  • Changing art exhibitions in Riverside Galleries, Loft Gallery, Reddington/Reuling Galleries, Rotary/Lichty Galleries and West Gallery
  • Classes & workshops for families and individuals of all ages
  • Hands on interactive children’s museum and arts resource room
  • An outdoor splash park and, coming in 2020, an outdoor music park
  • Multi-cultural exhibits and cultural enrichment programs
  • Tour experiences for schools, daycares and other groups
  • Meeting rooms for receptions and special events
  • Lectures, symposia, films, and performances
  • Educational resources for educators and classroom students
  • Programs for emotionally and physically challenged youth and adults
  • An annual all-school art exhibit
  • Ceramics, painting and craft studios
  • A Gift Store featuring over 200 Midwest artist
  • Concerts, festivals and cultural celebrations
  • Artists residencies
  • Community public art collection and programs
  • An outdoor free summer film series