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Downtown Iowa City Arts Showcase: Public Space One opens virtual gallery featuring Georgian-American artist Nina Kintsurashvili

The social isolation created by COVID-19 forced mixed media artist Nina Kintsurashvili and Public Space One to rethink how art can be shared with the community during a crisis. Working with digital artist Austin Caskie, Kintsurashvili created the interactive exhibit “Unattended Act,” a series of five of her paintings. The online exhibit is hosted by […]

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Iowa City’s PATV is merging with Public Space One

After 40 years of bringing Iowa City community-based television programming, Channel 18 will go dark, as Public Access Television (PATV) heads in a new direction. PATV is merging with another long-time local cultural institution, Public Space One (PS1) to “form one, integrated non-profit organization designed to provide enhanced community access to a wide variety of media, digital production, and creative support services across Johnson County,” according to written statement issued by the two organizations on Wednesday. […]

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‘Feared and revered’: Zen Cohen’s new exhibition at Public Space One explores queer history and cultures

I’ve had a recurring dream since I was a teenager about an ocean contained in a room. In the dream, I always try to peel back the layers of my experience with the water; to experience it in a more authentic way. I had this dream again for the first time in a long time, and it must be because I’ve been thinking about Zen Cohen’s art. […]

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Digging up the ‘underground,’ DIY music scene in Iowa City and Cedar Rapids

From singer-songwriters to heavy metal bands, Iowa City and Cedar Rapids breed a wide variety of musical acts. Dozens of artists make up the local music scene, but not many receive the recognition of concert-goers in the area. Naturally, the local DIY scene — united by the “do it yourself” idea that art shouldn’t have barriers to entry, and that anyone, regardless of skill or status, should be free to make art and share it as they please — tends to operate underground while the artists are often shrouded from curious music fans. Some local venue owners are working to change that […]

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