Community Learning Series: Rebuilding the Soul of our Community

Throughout Linn County, there are dozens of arts & culture organizations that bring vibrancy, education, and excitement to our community. Since the onset of the pandemic, almost every single one of these has had to cancel events or programming. As many were finding new ways to reach audiences, the August 2020 derecho brought a new set of challenges.  

But like the rest of our community, the arts and culture sector is resilient. These organizations have adapted and rebuilt, learning from past challenges while looking to the future. At the Community Learning Series: Rebuilding the Soul of Our Community, held on Wednesday, May 4, 2022, a few local arts and culture leaders shared their experiences navigating the challenges of the last two years and what they are hopeful of. The group also shared information about the economic impact of arts & culture on Linn County, as well as the individual impact arts experiences can have on our well-being.    

The event also featured a specially produced video performance (below) by local artist, choreographer, and dance educator Lovar Davis Kidd.  

“Art and culture bring communities together. It boasts multiple opportunities for learning, entertainment, leisure, personal growth, and sharing experiences with others,” said Les Garner, President & CEO of the Community Foundation. “From theatres and museums to art studios and music performances, art and culture gives us knowledge, enhances self-growth, and unites us.” 


If you were unable to attend, a recording of the event can be found here. 

The slides of data and information can be found here. 

Four Corners of Art!, a video performance by LD Kidd, can be viewed here. 


We’re grateful to our featured guests: 

Facilitated by:

Les Garner

President & CEO
Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation

Performance by:

Lovar Davis Kidd

Choreographer, Artist, and Dance Educator


Katie Hallman

Executive Director
Theatre Cedar Rapids

David Janssen

Chief Executive Officer
Brucemore, Inc.

Joe Jennison

Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Development Group