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About Us

The Hearst Center for the Arts is part of the City of Cedar Falls Community Development Department and is a vital community resource offering ongoing and affordable opportunities for exploring, performing, creating, and attending fine arts programs. 

Additional oversight and support for the Hearst Center is provided by: 

City of Cedar Falls Art and Culture Board

Public Art Committee, and 

Friends of the Hearst. 

Art and Culture Board

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The City of Cedar Falls Art and Culture Board is made up of seven members. The board provides support and promotes artistic and cultural programming for the community, with financial support provided by the City Council, state and federal agencies, and individuals in the community. Board members serve a four-year term.

The Art and Culture Board meets the fourth Wednesday of each month at 5:00 pm at the Hearst Center for the Arts, 304 West Seerley Boulevard, Cedar Falls, Iowa 50613.

View Agendas & Minutes.

Board Members
Matthew Wilson, President
Peter Berendzen, Vice President
Toni Wilson Wood, Treasurer
Lauren Finke, Secretary

Matthew Hundley

Greg Holt

Stephanie Houk Sheetz, Director, Community Development
Jennifer Pickar, Tourism and Cultural Programs Manager
Cory Hurless, Cultural Programs Supervisor

James and Meryl Hearst

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James and Meryl Hearst

Farmer-poet James Hearst bequeathed his home to the City of Cedar Falls in 1983 and asked that it be used as an arts center for the community. In 1986, as a result of this gift, the Cedar Falls Art & Culture Board was established by the City of Cedar Falls to oversee the operation of the City’s Cultural Division, which includes the James & Meryl Hearst Center for the Arts. The Art & Culture Board raised funds and in 1988–1989, the poet’s home was reconstructed into what is now the community’s own 12,000-square-foot arts center, complete with two galleries, three classrooms, a sculpture garden, two meeting rooms, office space, and a performing arts facility.

More than two million visitors have walked through the doors of the Hearst Center for the Arts since they were opened on May 13, 1989.

Visit the James Hearst Legacy Site "Interpreting The Farmstead," funded in part by Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area. The website memorializes James Hearst with a virtual meet. Witness decades of his life in family photos and in his poetry and autobiographical essays. Discover powerful universal truths cloaked in Hearst’s poetry about everyday life on the farm. Hear his graveled tenor voice as he reads his poems. See this remarkable man in conversation about his unique, challenging, and remarkable life on the audio and video clips found here


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Get involved in the arts by volunteering at one of our events, education workshops, off-site events and more! Fill out our volunteer form and drop it off at the front desk or Email Programs Coordinator, Sheri Huber-Otting for more information and upcoming opportunities!


Cultural Programs Supervisor

Cory Hurless



Emily Drennan


Marketing Assistant

Abby Haigh


Programs Coordinator

Sheri Huber-Otting


Interim Education Assistant

Liudmila Lebedeva


Ceramic Lab Technician

Camille Balleza 


Education Coordinator

Caylin Graham


Administrative Assistant

Maggie Hines


Front Desk Assistant

Noelle Sampson


Front Desk Assistant

Kaylee Ovel


Equal Opportunity Employer  

As an equal opportunity employer, and in accordance with applicable federal and state law, the City of Cedar Falls does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, age, national origin, disability, marital, or military status, or any other legally protected status.  


The City of Cedar Falls is committed to progressing diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) within our workplace and community. We recognize and value the differences all people bring, and we strive to create an environment where everyone is free to be themselves. In 2023, we are devoting our DEI efforts to ongoing all-staff education to become a more conscientious workplace and municipality, developing equitable opportunities for all people, and challenging ourselves to learn how each person can make a positive impact when we embrace and practice DEI.


304 West Seerley Boulevard



Monday - Closed

Tuesday - 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Wednesday - 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Thursday - 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Friday - 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Saturday - 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Sunday - 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

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