City Boards and Commissions

Contact Information
Community Development
101 First Street SE
Cedar Rapids IA, 52401
Phone: 319-286-5041

Staff Liaison:
Sylvia Brueckert

Visual Arts Commission

Open Call for Artist
The Visual Arts Commission is partnering with Advocates for Social Justice to select an artist for a mural located on the Five Seasons Parking Ramp, 158 4th Street NE. We are seeking qualifications (biography and examples of past work) from interested artists. Top candidates will be asked to follow up with submit a site-specific proposal. For more information, see the Call for Artist document below. 


About the Commission

The Visual Arts Commission exists to select and preserve visual art in public places for the public good. The Commission seeks to incorporate visual art into various dimensions of city planning, encourages the efforts of local artists, and provides advice and assistance in the fielding of public arts competitions. By enhancing the vitality and identity of the community, the Commission strives to enhance the quality of life of those who live in or visit the city of Cedar Rapids.  The Commission desires the involvement of the community in selecting, dedicating, preserving and in some cases financing the artwork.  

Artist Contact List
Are you a local artist? Would you like to receive Calls for Artists from the City for public art projects?
Please send your name, number, and email to to be placed on our Artist Contact List.

General Meeting & Member Information
Meetings are held at 3:30 pm on the 2nd Thursday of each month at City Hall, 101 First Street SE, unless otherwise announced

The Visual Arts Commission consists of 7-9 members. Members are appointed by the Mayor for rotating 3-year terms. Terms are indicated in parenthesis and expire on June 30th of the corresponding year.

Current Members
  • M. Kayt Conrad (2021) - Chair
  • David Van Allen (2021) - Vice Chair
  • Anne Johnson (2023)
  • Jonathan Berger (2021)
  • Maria Moore (2023)
  • Elizabeth Rhoads Read (2022)
  • Lynn Ocken (2022)
  • John Soukup (2021)
  • Vacant (2021)

If you are aware of any pieces of art accessible to the public that are missing from the map above, please contact to have them added. 

Cedar Rapids Public Art BINGO 
Enjoy our outdoor public art collection with this drive-by bingo game, created by resident Jana Madsen. The set includes four bingo boards, and a list of addresses where you can find the artworks. 


Donating/Adopting Art

The City of Cedar Rapids welcomes gifts, but reserves the right to evaluate their appropriateness before accepting them.  Applications can be sent to City Hall, 101 First Street SE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401 or emailed to the Community Development Department at

To help keep the community connected to public art, the City offers a program for residents to adopt art.  For more information contact the Department of Community Development at 319-286-5041.

History Restored: The City Hall Murals

To view videos of the 2015 History Restored Lecture Series, click here.


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