COVID-19 Response


Waterloo Center for the Arts Closure

As we face tough decisions in response to the evolving COVID 19 (Coronavirus) threat, and as a department of the City of Waterloo operating for the good of the citizens of the Cedar Valley, we have decided that in the interest of public safety, the prudent course of action is to do our part to support efforts to control spread of the outbreak. To that end, the Waterloo Center for the Arts and Phelps Youth Pavilion are closed until further notice.

Our mission reads, “The Waterloo Center for the Arts
stimulates inquiry, provokes dialogue and connects people through the arts.”
Since we are required to heed the call to practice and to support the practice
of social distancing for the time being, while our doors our closed our staff
will continue to work on connecting people to the arts through social media,
through public art initiatives, and by laying plans for a robust slate of
programs for our community to enjoy once it is again safe to gather together in
public spaces. Our staff will also use this time to focus on maintenance and
improvement of our facilities.

Until we resume full operations, we will continue to accept
and respond to phone calls and emails. Throughout this time will be
coordinating with patrons and project partners regarding upcoming events and
accepting reservations for future events. Citizens may contact us for
additional information at 319-291-4490 or at

As we work in coordination with the efforts of national,
state and local public health officials, with other City departments, with
other area organizations and businesses, and with the help of the citizens of
the Cedar Valley, we hope to meet the challenges and minimize the health risks
posed by the COVID 19 virus and to help limit its spread. We look forward to
reopening our doors and again serving our patrons face-to-face as soon as we
are advised that it is safe and in the best interest of our citizens and
employees to do so.

Kent Shankle, Director