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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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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,…

David Wilcox  

David Wilcox

September 27, 2018 at 7:00pm

Considered a 'songwriter's songwriter,' Wilcox’s songs have been covered by k.d. lang and others. In performance, his lyrical…

SPT Theatre  

SPT Theatre

September 28, 2018 - September 29, 2018

Every couple of months a group of misfits and wacky funsters gets together in a room ... a writers' room, in fact ... and comes…

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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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.

.223 Caliber Recoil

Decorah artist David Kamm's .223 Caliber Recoil is a powerful series of drawings and objects created in response to Sandy Hook, other school shootings, and the ongoing epidemic of gun violence in America. Says the artist, “In December 2012, Adam Lanza shot to death 20 children, six and seven years of age, along with six adult staff members, at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. As horrible as it was, the Sandy Hook massacre was not an aberration, but rather one in an endless series of mass killings and school shootings that have come to characterize life in the United States. I am not anti-gun. For many years I hunted the fields and hills of Northeast Iowa, and as a young boy I was named outstanding rifle student in a hunting class sponsored by the NRA. However, I am very much against gun violence.

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