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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.

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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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Bettye LaVette  

Bettye LaVette

October 18, 2018 at 8:00pm

Bettye LaVette is no mere singer. She’s not a song writer and not a cover artist. Rather, the woman is an interpreter of the…

Grant-Lee Phillips & Josh Rouse  

Grant-Lee Phillips & Josh Rouse

October 19, 2018 at 8:00pm

Touring together for the first time, Yep Roc Records labelmates Josh Rouse and Grant-Lee Phillips are touring in support of…

Steve Poltz  

Steve Poltz

October 25, 2018 at 7:00pm

Watch out. Songwriter Steve Poltz is obsessed with the challenge of knowing and understanding the thoughts of each and every…

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.

Muro (Wall): Video documentation by Bosco Sodi

For his first public performative installation in London, Mexican artist Bosco Sodi built a wall, 2 meters high by 8 meters long, in the forecourt of The National Theatre on London’s South Bank. A part of Art Night, an event curated by the Hayward Gallery on July 7, 2018, Muro was made up of 1600 clay bricks, fabricated in Mexico with the help of local craftsmen, and individually signed by the artist.

Natural Currency: Paintings by John Dilg

John Dilg, who teaches painting and drawing at the University of Iowa, says of the works in this show, “ My imagery derives from a life-long meditation on my relationship to the land and its vulnerability in human hands. In terms of the fragility our contemporary land possesses, my concern acts to foster the views of regret and the sense of latent danger that often appear in the paintings.

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