Please note: due to COVID-19 and the Hearst Center closing to the public until at least May 15th, all events for May-July will be listed once we re open to the public. Thank you!


North American Review Writing Workshops – CANCELLED
May 26: Writing for Publication—Brian Pals will explore how to put the finishing touches on a manuscript and how to submit it to a print publication or online forum.
All experience levels are welcome to participate. Please bring a laptop and/or notebook and pen. All participants will receive a complimentary copy of the North American Review. Sessions are from 6:00–8:30 p.m. in McElroy Classroom. Editors at the North American Review, Rachel Morgan, Brian Pals, Jeremy Schraffenberger, and Grant Tracey, are holding one free, generative writing workshop per month from February to May 2020. Each workshop focuses on a different genre (fiction, poetry, nonfiction, multi-genre) and is conducted by one of these four NAR editors. All experience levels will be welcome. The Hearst Center is excited to partner with NAR to support literature and the arts in our community. April and May dates and times are to be announced.


I Like Ike Films Presents: A Festival of Short Films
June 25 from 6:30–8:00 p.m.
I Like Ike Films is a production company specializing in narrative short and feature-length films. Located in Mason City, Iowa, it is Hollywood in America’s Heartland. All films were shot in northern Iowa and written/directed by Kevin Isaacson, except for The Route, written by Frank Boyd and directed by Kevin Isaacson. Stay for a Q&A with the director.

Lineup of Short Films The Most Forgettable Man (PG-13), On Top of the World (PG), Oliver Short (PG-13), Tea Party (PG-13), The Route (PG-13)


Your Passport to the Arts
July–September 2020
Due to the current health concerns, this program will take place in an abbreviated form. Take advantage of the Cedar Valley’s vibrant arts and cultural events this summer! Take a selfie at qualifying events and enter for a prize drawing valued over $250! Join the Hearst Center and partners, Cedar Falls Library, Community Main Street, College Hill Partnership, Cedar Falls Municipal Band, and Cedar Falls Tourism & Visitors Bureau. Look for more information at partner websites or contact Sheri Huber-Otting at or 319.268.5502.

Party on the Patio
Thursdays in July from 5:00–7:00 p.m. Come jam with us to local live, acoustic music on the Corning Patio. Thank you Second State Brewery and Fitpop for snacks and refreshments!
July 9: Zoot & Newt
July 16: Karla & Deb
July 23: Amelia & Melina |
July 30: Raldo & Pals

Friends of the Hearst Annual Meeting
July 16 at 6:00 p.m. Join Friends of the Hearst on the Corning Patio at the Hearst for their annual gathering and celebration. Come support our amazing Friends group and hear about what’s coming up. Live music, light refreshments, good company and a beautiful setting. All are welcome!

Artisans in the Garden
July 19 from 1:00–3:30 p.m. Watch and interact with local artisans while they show you the process and skills needed for their art from yesteryear.


Celebrating Regional Poet Amy Clampitt
August 2020 Amy Clampitt (b. 1920) was born and raised in New Providence, Iowa, and graduated from Grinnell College. Clampitt moved to New York after graduation, where she began writing poetry in the 1960s. In the 1970s and ‘80s, she was one of the most highlyregarded poets in America. To celebrate Clampitt and her work, the Hearst is displaying a pop-up exhibit exploring Clampitt’s life and work, and will host several free events. This project is supported in part by Humanities Iowa and Friends of the Hearst.

August 11 at 6:00 p.m.: Reception and viewing of pop-up exhibition

August 11 at 7:00 p.m.: Public lecture with Dr. Willard Spiegelman, Hughes Professor of English (emeritus) at Southern Methodist University in Dallas and author of Love, Amy: The Selected Letters of Amy Clampitt.

August 16 at 1:30 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.: Garden for a walk, featuring discussion of the many Iowa flowers found in Clampitt’s poetry, led by a master gardener. Wednesdays in June: Check Facebook for an Amy Clampitt poem of the week. Stop by during open hours and listen to Amy read some of her poetry from a 1994 broadcast.

Soo Hostetler: Childhood Fantasy Artist Reception
August 15 from 1:30-3:00 p.m.
About the exhibition: Childhood Fantasy presents the artist’s rediscovery of the beauty of Korean folk art. Hostetler’s conceptual theories of design are rooted in the popular themes of Minhwa art forms developed during the late Joseon era (1392–1897). Hostetler creates modern expressions of Minhwa-style by interpreting the traditional symbolism of the characters through her own imagination of narrative storytelling and through using digital technology. In her work, the written messages are drawn from the artist’s memories of Korean fairy tales and her cultural heritage. To portray an innocence of mind, visual and written messages are delivered through the eyes of a child. Using nonverbal structure enhances the perceptual capabilities of the human mind and spirit. There are two important elements that support and contribute to this unique visual approach. First, a narrative form of poetic storytelling is presented visually and conveys human emotions. Second, a morphological structure of illustration is developed to portray magical dimensions of symbolism that demonstrate the power of visual communication. Soo Hostetler is Associate Professor of Graphic Design at The University of Northern Iowa.

Also on view A selection of two animations by Soo Hostetler are on view in the Dresser-Robinson Gallery for the duration of the exhibition. Floral Doors uses kinetic typography to symbolize the beauty and meaning of floral ornamentation of Buddhist halls, and expresses how the artist found the truth of life through Buddhism. The animation Festive Geometry is inspired by Mozart’s Piano Sonata K.333, which reveals evidence of the Golden Section in its structure. Throughout the work, Hostetler applies the harmonious elements influenced by the Golden Proportion.

James Hearst Birthday Celebration and “Hearst to You”
Visit our new “Hearst to You” tent at local free venues around town for free adult and children’s art activities, displays of artwork from Hearst classes, information on upcoming events and free goodies celebrating James Hearst’s Birthday during the month in August.

August 1 & 15 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Cedar Falls Farmers Market (3rd & Clay St.)
August 6 & 12 4:00–6:00 p.m. College Hill Farmers Market (College & 22nd St.)

Red Herring Reader’s Theatre Presents: A Two Day Event
Sponsored by Jones Law Firm
August 4 at 7:00 p.m.:
A Raisin in the Sun Written by Lorraine Hansberry in 1959 and directed by J’Kalein Madison. Chronicles the differing dreams and struggles within three generations of the Younger family. August 6 at 7:00 p.m.: Clybourne Park Written by Bruce Norris in 2010 and directed by J’Kalein Madison. The sequel of A Raisin in the Sun, will be presented with the same cast. Winner of both the Pulitzer Prize and the Tony Award for Best Play, Clybourne Park is a razor-sharp satire about the politics of race. In response to Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun, playwright Bruce Norris set up Clybourne Park as a pair of scenes bookending Hansberry’s piece.

Final Thursday Reading Series
August 27 at 7:00 p.m.
Guest author: Adrianne Finlay, Book Release reading from Cut Off The Final Thursday Reading Series is a collaboration of Final Thursday Press, the Hearst Center, the UNI College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences, and the UNI Department of Languages and Literatures. Thank you to Sidecar Coffee Roasters and Hansen’s Dairy for beverages. Open mic starts at 7:15 p.m., featured authors begin at 8:00 p.m.