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About Waterloo Center for the Arts

The Center is the Cedar Valley’s cultural crossroads that appeals to all ages. 

Permanent Collections & Changing Exhibitions:
The WCA collects Midwest Art, American Decorative Arts, International Folk Art, including a significant collection of Mexican Folk Art and the world’s largest public collection of Haitian Art. Selections from our collection are always on display.


Programs & Events:
From live music concerts, film series, and performance art to community events and festivals, the Waterloo Center for the Arts offers a variety of cultural programs and events throughout the year. Programs and Events are made possible with partnership with RiverLoop Association Inc.

Phelps Youth Pavilion:
The Pavilion is an interactive children’s museum featuring over 40 hands-on exhibits for all ages to explore. Milk a life-size cow, drive a tractor through a Grant Wood painting, test your skill at digital finger painting, explore the music, language and culture of other countries, and more!

Creative Classes & Programming:
Workshops and classes are designed for kids ages 3 and up, families, teens and adults at all levels of experience. Instruction is offered in drawing, painting, pottery, jewelry making, digital arts, and so much more.

School & Group Tours:
One of the best ways to see the Center is to arrange for a docent-led tour. Call (319) 291-4490 for information about our tour programs.


Staff & Commission:
*Information coming soon


Friends of the Art Center

Friends of the Art Center is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the Waterloo Center for the Arts in furthering its mission to promote the arts in the Cedar Valley. The fundraising and volunteering efforts of this dynamic group support art acquisitions, exhibitions and conservation of works in the collections, as well as educational and outreach programming. 

To get involved, call 319-291-4490 or email

Forms | Policies

The Waterloo Center for the Arts stimulates inquiry, provokes dialogue and connects people through the arts.
Exhibition Application
Image Use
Reproduction Application
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