Arts + Culture

Arts R Alive

Established in 2011, each year the Arts R Alive Sculpture Committee proudly showcases works from local, regional, and Midwestern artists at West Twin Park in Webster City, Iowa. The mission of the Arts R Alive Sculpture Committee is to promote sculpture as a public art form and to enrich the artistic and cultural interests of our city, region and state.

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Blanden Art Museum

Located in the Oak Hills Historic District and built in 1932, the Blanden Art Museum has a permanent collection which includes modern American & European paintings, African sculptures, glassworks and 16th-20th century American, European & Japanese prints. The Blanden also has adult and youth classes, art education classes, meet & greet artist events and family fun activities.

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Boone County Freedom Rock

As a way to honor her fallen son, Sgt. Daniel Sesker, Mysty Stumbo organized an effort to have Ray “Bubba” Sorenson paint one of his renowned freedom rocks. The rock sits on the lawn of the Boone County Courthouse and captures the essence of Boone County history while memorializing those who died in service to our country.

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Boulevard of Valor monument in Webster City, IA

Boulevard of Valour

Honoring the Veterans who have served is the Boulevard of Valor in Webster City, Iowa. Located on Des Moines Street, it has memorials honoring our veterans from the Civil War until present.

Chronicle

Public art piece, Chronicle, by artist Dan Perry, commemorates Fort Dodge’s 150th year of being established as a town.

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Fort Dodge Fine Arts Association

The Fort Dodge Fine Arts Association is inspiring a vibrant community by fostering creativity and celebrating life through the arts. The FDFAA has multiple members and events, and utilizes social media to spread news of the arts in the area.

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Fort Dodge Grain Silo Mural

Completed in December 2018 the largest art mural in Iowa, the 110-foot tall Fort Dodge Grain Silo Mural was created by international artist, Guido Van Helten. This 360-degree concrete mural depicts local residents who are part of the industrial and cultural fabric of the community. Tying these portraits together are pieces of Fort Dodge pottery showcased at the Fort Museum and Frontier Village.

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Hamilton County Freedom Rock

Artist Ray “Bubba” Sorenson II painted patriotic scenes on this 25,000 lb. boulder. This Freedom Rock depicts scenes of local heroes. It includes a Revolutionary War Veteran buried in the local cemetery.

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High Trestle Trail Bridge

The signature piece of Iowa’s most popular paved pedestrian trail is the 2,300 ft. long High Trestle Trail Bridge. Visitors enter the bridge through gateway portals that flank each entrance to the structure and that represent the area’s geology. Iron cribbing across the bridge evoke the feeling of going down a mine shaft. The bridge lights up with blue LED’s for a spectacular night scene.

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James H. Andrew Museum

Before or after riding the rails, check out the James H. Andrew Railroad museum. Mr. Andrews donated more than 4,000 rare and unusual railroad artifacts. The museum also features a vast railroad library and children’s activity area.

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Kendall Young Library Special Collections

Four special collections are open for the public to see. They include the Abastenia St. Leger Eberle Sculpture Collection, The Foster Doll Collection, The Van Ness Native American Collection & the Jane Young Stained Glass Window. The Beaux Arts style library itself is also a destination. It has gold marble columns from Africa, terrazzo & mosaic floors, stained glass windows & a stained glass dome....

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Legacy Learning Boone River Valley

Legacy Learning Boone River Valley offers opportunities to participate in hands-on arts & naturalist classes taught by artists, natural resource professionals, and skilled craftspeople that love to share their skills by teaching others.

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Picture of the building in Ellsworth, Iowa which has murals

Murals in Ellsworth, Iowa

Just into Ellsworth, off the JewEllsworth Trail, are these great murals! Come enjoy today.

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Rotary Welcome Train

The signature welcome to those entering the city of Boone from US Highway 30 at South Story Street, the Welcome Train was a project undertaken by the Rotary Club of Boone in celebration of it’s centennial year in 2019 and features a steam engine locomotive, coal tender and passenger car.

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Studio Fusion

Studio Fusion is a Do-it-Yourself art studio specializing in fused glass, pottery and canvas painting with a retail shop for already made one-of-kind items.

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Swedish Immigrant Museum & Research Library

Preserving and exhibiting the history of Swedish immigrants to the Swede Bend settlement in Iowa. We house and display collections of artifacts which belonged to areas Swedish pioneers. The research library offers a robust collection of genealogical materials. They include access to Swedish record, obituaries, cemetery & church records. Our Museum & Research Library in Stratford, Iowa is temporarily closed to the public for renovations....

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Teddy Roosevelt Statue

This bronze-cast statue was cast as a tribute to our nation’s 26th President by the park’s benefactor, James B. McHose, a great admirer of Mr. Roosevelt. Placed near McHose Park’s southern end, it weighs approximately 2-tons.

Veteran’s Train Mural

Located at thew corner of 9th and Story Streets in Boone, this mural spans nearly 100 feet in length and shares a piece of Boone’s history as main stop on the Chicago-Northwestern rail line. Boone Art Class – Johnny Webber/artist (after fire), then re-done in 1986 or so.

Veterans Memorial Park at Kennedy Park

Veterans Memorial Park overlooks Badger Lake and includes memorials, artwork and natural amphitheater. It is a fitting tribute to the men and women who have served in the military, past, present and future.

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Webster City Community Theater

WCCT has been entertaining people for more than 50 years. We are a completely volunteer organization, drawing participants from all over north central Iowa.

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Webster County Freedom Rock

The Webster County Freedom Rock is located at a trailhead at the junction of A Street and the Karl King Bridge in Fort Dodge. Artist Ray “Bubba” Sorenson II painted patriotic scenes on the 25,000 pound boulder. Webster County’s Freedom Rock will be specific to this county depicting scenes specific to this county’s veterans.

Williams Veteran Memorial – Williams, Iowa

The Williams Community Veterans Memorial honors their veterans from WWI through the conflicts. It is located within the Williams City Park. Come enjoy this beautifully done memorial.