Thursday, June 9 from 6:00–8:00 p.m. in the Hearst Sculpture Garden
Bring a chair and a beverage and enjoy live music. Avey Grouws Trio is Jeni Grouws, Chris Avey, and Bryan West. Billboard charting Avey Grouws Trio merges the sounds of the Mississippi River into a high energy, passionate roots and blues-rock sound. AGB’s sophomore album, “Tell Tale Heart”, was recorded in Nashville, TN with Grammy award winner Casey Wasner (Keb’ Mo’/Taj Mahal) during the pandemic. Released September 2021, “Tell Tale Heart” debuted at #7 on the Billboard Blues Album chart as well as on Roots Music Report charts, Living Blues, NACC and the UK’s IBAA chart and continues to get rave reviews. Avey Grouws Trio also hit #10 on the Billboard Blues Album chart with their 2020 debut album, “The Devil May Care”. For more information on the band visit or Facebook and Instagram.

Tuesday, June 14 from 4:30-6:00 p.m.
The Hearst Center is proud to partner with AMVETS Post 49 in Cedar Falls to celebrate Flag Day. Join us at the Post on 1934 Irving Street in Cedar Falls at 6:00 p.m. for a flag retiring ceremony. The Hearst Center team is hosting family art-making from 4:30–5:30 p.m., and is sponsoring a performance by the Cedar Glen Pipes and Drums at 5:30 p.m.

Nature is the base of human inspiration, and art–in its many forms–helps us understand nature. Artists can interpret the world we know, or even reshape the way we know it. Join environmental historian Amahia Mallea and meet Midwestern artists for discussions about how the environment informs their work.

Amahia Mallea is an associate professor of history at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. As an environmental historian, Mallea is interested in the relationship between American societies and their lands and resources. She is the author of An Environmental History of Kansas City and the Missouri River (University of Kansas Press, 2018), which examines the city’s decades-long management of the river for often conflicting purposes of commerce (flood control and navigation) and public health (drinking water and sewage).

Part 3: June 30 at 6:00 p.m.
Aron Michael Johnston
Aron Michael Johnston was born in Upland, CA in 1976 and moved to the Willamette Valley in Oregon as a young child. He developed a love for drawing at an early age – Calvin & Hobbs and comic book characters were early sources of inspiration. After leaving high school Aron spent fifteen years working in the construction industry as an electrician and project manager but continued to draw in his spare time. In 2009 Aron enrolled at Drake University in Des Moines, IA where he earned a BFA in painting in 2013. After graduation Aron moved to Hershey, Pennsylvania where he discovered the drawing techniques of the 19th century French tradition. He began a comprehensive, self-directed course of study of these classical techniques through books and workshops. In 2016 Aron moved back to the Willamette Valley, setting up a working studio in downtown Salem. He is currently focusing on painting “en plein air” and will begin teaching lessons once COVID allows.  

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Tuesday, June 28 at 6:00 p.m.
Ken Lyftogt’s Iowa and the Civil War Volume 3 concludes Lyftogt’s narrative of Iowa’s participation in the Civil War. Lyftogt is an Iowa original. He is professor emeritus of history at the University of Northern Iowa. He has written six previous books on Iowa and the Civil War, most notably, the first two volumes of this trilogy. Virtual Zoom link coming soon!


Party on the Patio
Thursdays in July from 5:00–7:00 p.m.
Free! Come jam with us to local live acoustic music on the Corning Patio. Thank you Second State Brewery for refreshments and Fit Pop for popcorn.

July 7: Nick Sorenson
July 14: TnT (Travis Wilson and Tom Blankenship)
July 21: Ace Jones
July 28: Zoot & Newt

Rhythm of Sky, Stone, and Sun
Saturday, July 9 from 1:00–4:00 p.m.
View the artwork of Dean Schwarz in the Hearst galleries and explore the Hearst Sculpture Garden in this special workshop with the Earth Whispers Abbey Sisters, Sue Schuerman and Felecia Babb. Enjoy a tea ceremony, journaling, drawing, and simple meditative exercises in this three-hour workshop. Sue and Felecia lead the class through a variety of creative practices to help you connect more deeply with air, fire, water, and earth as allies and sources of support. Free! Register online via Civic Rec here.

Artisans in the Garden and Summer Expo
Sunday, July 17 from 1:30–3:30 p.m.
Celebrate art from times past with local artisans who show off their craft. Blacksmith Andy Mills returns to demonstrate his skills and the Prairie Rose Middle Eastern Dance Troupe will perform at 2:00 p.m. Check out artwork for sale from local artists at the Summer Expo. For further details email Sheri Huber-Otting here.


Saturday, August 6 at 1:30 p.m. in the Hearst Sculpture Garden
Carter Guse plays music from genres of the 1950s through today. He has played in Nashville, the Iowa State Fair, and opened for the New Year’s Eve Maddie Poppe/ Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony Concert at the Gallagher Bluedorn. Bring a chair and a beverage and enjoy this free concert in the Hearst’s beautiful outdoor venue.

August 25 from 7:00–8:00 p.m.
Open mic starts at 7:00 p.m. & featured author talk begins at 7:30 p.m.
Visit FTRS website here for links to attend virtually. Join us for a community open mic followed by a discussion with a featured author. 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. This event takes place on the final Thursday of each month.

Guest author, Ann Myles, reads new work from her debut poetry collection, “What Woman That Was: Poems from Mary Dyer.” Myles writes both about and from the perspective of Mary Dyer, a 17th-century Quaker martyr who played a central role in the Antinomian controversy.

Tuesday, August 30 at 7:00 p.m.
Written by Tracy Letts and directed by Emily Eisenman.
Red Herring Theatre is sponsored by Jones Law Firm.
Join us for a readers theater production of Superior Donuts. The reading focuses on the relationship between despondent Arthur Przybyszewski, a former 1960s radical who owns a rundown donut shop in Chicago’s Uptown, and Franco, his energetic but troubled young African American assistant, who wants to update the establishment with lively music and healthy menu options. Dialogue scenes are separated by soliloquies in which Arthur discusses his past and reminisces about the city as it was in his younger years.