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Legion Arts is an award-winning, Cedar Rapids nonprofit dedicated to the creation, presentation, understanding and impact of contemporary art.


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Legion Arts is located in CSPS Hall, a large, century-old brick building, located on the corner of Third Street SE and 11th Avenue SE, in NewBo.

Upcoming Events

Based at historic CSPS Hall in downtown Cedar Rapids, Legion Arts is a leading presenter of art, music and theatre from across America and around the globe. Our intimate, 200-seat theatre regularly features outstanding performing artists, from folk to jazz to blues, from cabaret to contemporary dance.

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Jonah Smith  

Jonah Smith

August 14, 2018 at 7:00pm

Based in Los Angeles, Jonah Smith is a critically acclaimed singer-songwriter who draws from the deep well of American blues,…



August 17, 2018 at 8:00pm

She was a New York kid, barely known outside the coffeehouses of Greenwich Village, when she took the stage on the first night…

Sean Rowe  

Sean Rowe

September 19, 2018 at 7:00pm

"We are the elders of our minds," sings Sean Rowe on "Gas Station Rose,” the track that ushers in his fourth album, New Lore,…

Current Exhibits

Catch up to the cutting edge in our four gallery spaces, which have housed everything from photo essays, to interactive sculpture, to dynamic experiments in digital art. The galleries at CSPS are open 363 days a year, and admission is always free.

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Morphing Murals: Recent Paintings by the Drawing Legion

Contemplating the tenth anniversary of the flood that struck Cedar Rapids in 2008, Mel Andringa began to explore his artistic output of the past decade, questioning how it had been influenced by the event. He found himself returning to painting and drawing, activities that he had largely given up, years ago, for conceptual art, performance and storytelling.

Dispatches: Artists Engage the Historical Moment

This summer and fall, as part of a national project called the 50 State Initiative, organized by the For Freedoms Federation, Legion Arts will be spotlighting artists who intentionally engage with the messy world around them, whose artworks invite reflection and discussion ― of values, place, patriotism. This first installment includes gallery works by John Paul Schafer, Sam Watkins, Song Park, Gays Against Guns, and Jave Yoshimoto, as well as films by Brent Watkins and Robert Epstein. Alongside Mel Andringa’s reflections on natural disaster, these artists have trained their eye on gun violence, civil rights, the women’s movement, gay rights, gentrification, war, peace, and the plight of refugees and immigrants.

I Was There: Photographs by Mike Weber

Mike Weber is a Cedar Rapids photographer who got his start photographing events for his high school newspaper, and went on to serve as photo editor for the Kirkwood Communiqué. Over the past decade, he’s focused his attention on two objectives: mastering traditional film photography, and documenting the local Iowa music scene, while emphasizing the importance of live music.

Our exhibits listing is being updated at the moment. Check back soon!