Events

All events listed are free and open to the public. All indoor events require pre-registration to accommodate socially-distanced seating. Masks are required.

April

DOCUMENTING PURPOSE AND MEANING: PHOTOS & NARRATIVES FROM OLDER ADULTS
Participants Needed!

Laura Gleissner, Assistant Professor of Art and Melinda Heinz, Associate Professor of Psychology at Upper Iowa University invite you to participate in a documentation experience reflecting on aspects that give your life meaning and purpose and positively contribute to your well-being. Twenty participants aged 65 years old and older will be invited to
participate in the project. Each day participants will take a photograph of something that gives their lives meaning and purpose and write a corresponding journal entry explaining how and why it contributes to meaning and purpose. The program will run between April 15th and April 30th. Participants are free to use their own digital camera, otherwise one can be borrowed. All participants will receive an SD card and journal. Materials will be turned in at the conclusion of the project. Gleissner and Heinz will select several photos and corresponding journal entries to display in the Cedar Falls and Waterloo communities. Photographs and journal entries will also appear on a website to share with the community and encourage broader discussion about meaning and purpose in older adulthood. An exhibition of participant work is also scheduled to be shown at the Upper Iowa University Bing-Davis Memorial Gallery in the fall of 2021. To sign-up for this experience, please visit: purposeandmeaning.weebly.com. For those that RSVP, packets may be picked up the Hearst Center for the Arts April 6 through April 9. Alternatively, you can call the Hearst Center at (319) 273-8641 to have a packet mailed to you. This program is made possible in part with funding from the Cedar Falls Art and Culture Board Community Sponsorship Fund.

LUNCHTIME CONCERT In Mae Latta Hall
Fridays at 12:00 p.m.
Join the Hearst Center for lunchtime concerts in Mae Latta Hall on second Fridays of the month.

April 9: UNI Bass Studio, under the direction of Dr. Alexander Pershounin

VIRTUAL! BOOK READING WITH CHERIE DARGAN
Tuesday, April 20 at 6:00 p.m.

Find the link to the live program here soon or via our Facebook page.
Join us for a celebration of the recent publication of The Sower and the Seer: Perspectives on the Intellectual History of the American Midwest (2021), a collection of twenty-two essays. The compilation is a product of
recent revivals of interest in both Midwestern history and intellectual history. Dargan’s essay, “Mind & Soil: An Iowa Town That Grows Writers” explores Cedar Falls’ early history, examines several community organizations that fostered reading and discussing ideas, and explains how the community has honored its five best-selling authors. Cherie is a retired community college instructor who reinvented herself in retirement: she is an active volunteer, a writer, blogger, and family historian working on a trilogy about a Midwestern family.

Please click the link below to join the webinar:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81511186090
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VIRTUAL! FILM SCREENING + FILMMAKER Q&A WITH SKY BERGMAN
“Lives Well Lived: Celebrating the Secrets, Wit and Wisdom of Old Age”
Wednesday, April 21 at 6:00 p.m.
Free! Registration required here!

After registering, you will receive a special link to view the documentary Lives Well Lived anytime between April 14-28. This is a virtual movie ticket! Join us for the live discussion with filmmaker Sky Bergman on the evening of Wednesday, April 21 at 6 PM. This program is made possible in part with funding from the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs.

Please click the link below to join the webinar:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86867156533
Passcode: 942809

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Webinar ID: 868 6715 6533
Passcode: 942809
International numbers available: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kXJlVLQAq

Lives Well Lived is a feature documentary film by Sky Bergman that celebrates the incredible wit and wisdom of adults 75 to 100 years old who are living their lives to the fullest. Listen in as forty people share their secrets and insights to living a meaningful life. Their intimate memories and inspiring personal histories will make you laugh, perhaps cry, but mostly inspire you. For more, visit lives-well-lived.com.

Sky Bergman is an accomplished, award-winning photographer and filmmaker. Bergman is Professor of Photography and Video at Cal Poly State University. She is also working on two new short films which encourage intergenerational connections and a feature length film which celebrates love.

This program is offered in conjunction with an exhibition of Bergman’s portraits on display at the Hearst April 16 through May 16. We are excited to offer two additional opportunities to dive into this subject: Join us for a special panel discussion on longevity, creativity and healthy aging and don’t miss an opportunity to participate in “Documenting Purpose and Meaning: Photos and Narratives from Older Adults. Both programs are made possible through our partners at Upper Iowa University, Professors Melinda Heinz and Laura Gleissner, as well as special support from the Cedar Falls Art and Culture Board Community Sponsorship Fund and the Iowa Arts Council.

EARTH DAY 2021
Saturday, April 24 from 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

This year’s Earth Day Celebration theme is Restore Our Earth. Join us for an Earth Whispers retreat, earth-themed art-making, screenings of the film Leaning into the Wind: Andy Goldsworthy (2017), a presentation by Prairie Rapids Audubon Society’s Candace Havely, and opportunities to take action
for our earth online. Stay all day or pick the activities that interest you. For more information and a schedule of activities here soon.

Day at a glance:
10:00 a.m.  Hearst Center opens to public.
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Welcome and Information Table opens.
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Take Action Online at www.takeactionearthday.org  Take part in “Acts of Green.”
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Candace Havely from Prairie Rapids Audubon Society Presentation: Hope Is the Thing With Feathers
10:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  Screening #1 – Leaning into the Wind in Mae Latta Hall. This documentary Film is about environmental artist Andy Goldsworthy. Seating is limited to 10-12, first come, first serve.
12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.  Earth Day Art Making.
12:15 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.  Screening #2 – Leaning into the Wind in Mae Latta Hall. This documentary Film is about environmental artist Andy Goldsworthy. Seating is limited to 10-12, first come, first serve.
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.  Earth Whispers Retreat. This workshop is limited to 8 with pre registration required here. Join the Earth Whispers Abbey sisters, Sue Schuerman and Felecia Babb, for a three-hour retreat focusing on color in nature.
2:15 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.  Leaning into the Wind Screening in Mae Latta Hall. This documentary Film is about environmental artist Andy Goldsworthy. Seating is limited to 10-12, first come, first serve.

VIRTUAL! INTERACTIVE PANEL DISCUSSION ON LONGEVITY AND CREATIVITY
Tuesday, April 27 at 6:00 p.m.

Join Melinda Heinz, Associate Professor of Psychology and Laura Gleissner, Assistant Professor of Art from Upper Iowa University as they moderate a discussion on longevity, creativity, and the community project “Documenting Purpose and Meaning.” Panelists include Dr. Elaine Eshbaugh, a professor of Gerontology at UNI and Cynthia Hellyer-Heinz, an artist and educator at Northern Illinois University specializing in drawing. No registration is erequired. This program is held in conjunction with the Lives Well Lived series of programs and special exhibition, funded in part by the Iowa Arts Council and the Cedar Falls Art and Culture Board Community Sponsorship Fund.

Please click the link below to join the webinar:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81089544667
Passcode: 570217
Or One tap mobile :
US: +19292056099,,81089544667#,,,,*570217#  or +13017158592,,81089544667#,,,,*570217#
Or Telephone:
Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
US: +1 929 205 6099  or +1 301 715 8592  or +1 312 626 6799  or +1 669 900 6833  or +1 253 215 8782  or +1 346 248 7799
Webinar ID: 810 8954 4667
Passcode: 570217
International numbers available: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kenW4r4tVL

VIRTUAL! FINAL THURSDAY READING SERIES
Open mic at 7:00 p.m. and featured author at 7:30 p.m.
The Final Thursday Reading Series is collaboration of Final Thursday Press, the Hearst Center, the UNI College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences, and the UNI Department of Languages and Literatures. Find the link to the live program and information regarding guest authors/open mic here or our Facebook page. This event takes place the final Thursday of each month.

April 29: Doug Shaw & Thomas Hockey in the Hearst Sculpture Garden: This event brings out the literary sides of, respectively, a UNI scientist and a UNI mathematician. Thomas Hockey is a professor of Astronomy and the co-author of Jupiter, a nonfiction book on planetary studies with a distinctively creative twist. Doug Shaw is a professor of Mathematics who has won many awards for his teaching. He is the author of Social Nonsense—Creative Diversions for Two or More Players—Anytime, Anywhere.
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May

SUNDAYS IN MAY IN THE HEARST SCULPTURE GARDEN
Drop in the first four Sundays in May from 1:00–4:00 p.m.

Bring the family and join us outside in the sculpture garden to celebrate the beautiful month of May. Yard games and hands-on activities for the whole family are provided. Artists of all skill levels are invited draw or paint en plein air in the garden.

May 2: May Day Basket-making!
May 9: Celebrate “Earth Mother’s Day” by decorating a small flowerpot and re-potting a flower to celebrate all mothers. All materials provided.
May 16: Love A Tree Day! Come hug a tree in the garden, learn about Iowa native trees and make some tree-themed art.
May 23: Join us for a Flower and Plant Treasure Hunt in honor of Love a Garden Month! Grab a map and find some of the many flowers and plants in the garden while learning a little backyard botany. Help us chalk the garden paths with drawings of May flowers and plants.

PATIO CONCERT—THE BLUE 2 BAND
Thursday, May 6 at 6:00 p.m.

Jeff Petersen (guitar/vocals) and Bob Dorr (drums/harmonica/vocals) are twice inducted into the Iowa Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and individually inducted into the Iowa Blues Hall of Fame. The Blue 2’s song list comes from 38 years of playing music together. Join us for Blues, Rockabilly, Americana, even a country song and maybe an old Blue Band song or three.

BOOK READING WITH AUTHOR JAMES KENYON
Thursday, May 13 at 6:00 p.m. on the Hearst Corning Patio

Discussion and readings from Echoes in the Hallways: History and Recollections of 102 Closed Iowa Schools (2021). In this new release, readers find collected stories from student alumni of closed Iowa high schools, documenting 102 institutions. Kenyon consulted county historical records as well as interviewing former students and teachers, culminating in unique school profiles that include information ranging from the origin and growth of education in each county to sporting records, programs, and school traditions. Kenyon is a retired veterinarian in a mixed animal practice in Iowa and a seven-time veterinarian for the Alaska Iditarod Dog Sled Race. He also served for twenty-four years on his local school board.

LUNCHTIME CONCERTS ON THE PATIO
Fridays at 12:00 p.m.
Join the Hearst Center for lunchtime concerts on the Corning Patio on second Fridays of the month.

May 14: Jazz By Two (Guitarist, Bob Dunn and bassist Paul Rider)

BACKYARD CONCERT—AVEY GROUWS BAND
Thursday, May 27 from 6:00–8:00 p.m. in the Hearst Sculpture Garden

Avey Grouws Band put their Quad Cities sound into the world with the release of their debut album The Devil May Care in 2020. The album hit #10 on the Billboard Blues Album Chart and #24 for the entire year of 2020 on the Roots Music Report Top Contemporary Blues Album Chart. “Come and Get This Love” won top honors in the Unsigned Only Songwriting Competition, and the band was nominated for the 2020 BBMAs for Debut Album New Artist. Avey Grouws Band is Jeni Grouws, Chris Avey, Bryan West and Randy Leasman, with the occasional addition of Nick Vasquez on keys. Find more at aveygrouwsband.com or keep up with their high energy, and often hilarious, twice weekly live streams on Facebook.

June

BACKYARD CONCERT—KEVIN BURT
Thursday, June 3 at 6:00 p.m. in the Hearst Sculpture Garden

For nearly three decades, Kevin Burt, Iowa Blues Hall of Fame member, has been mesmerizing audiences with his powerfully smooth and soulful vocals. Paired with his unique harmonica and guitar presentation along with his quick wit, Burt engages with his audience touching their souls while tickling their funny bones. Burt (born and raised in Waterloo, IA) dispelled the myth that there was no such thing as Iowa Blues by becoming the first artist in the 35-year history of the International Blues Challenge (2018) to sweep the awards by claiming top prizes in three categories: Solo/Duo, Solo/Duo Guitar and Harmonica. While Burt spends a lot more time on the road these days, he keeps to his Iowa roots by continuing with his Blues in the Schools program and supporting community events. Find more at kevinburtmusic.com.