Creston: Arts

“Make no small plans!


For they do not have the power to stir men’s hearts.”


-Daniel Burnham, one of the architects of the Depot

Our History:


The Creston: Arts Council , a 501(c)3 non-profit, has been serving this community since 1977. In 2011 a new group of volunteers took over and began art programming. 2019 was be our sixth year of Summer Art Camp, our seventh year of Chalk the Town, and our ninth year providing shows in the Depot Gallery.





In 2019, Iowa State Savings Bank donated a building to Creston Arts. This is a building with a great foundation, but it needs a lot of work. We are excited to rehabilitate it into an Art Center for the community, and save this Uptown building. We need your help! The entire inside needs to be redone, and most of the windows need replaced. We are launching our Capital Campaign for this building renovation in 2020!

Having our own building will allow us to expand our existing programming, and potentially offer more. We will be able to expand the number of weeks that we offer Summer Art Camp. We have a growing number of scholarship applicants who would otherwise not go to summer camp.



Current Programs: 

Chalk the Town: We partner with the Creston Chamber to decorate our town for the thousands of visitors who come for the 4th of July. Our “Walk of Chalk” is a way for great Creston businesses that are not on the Parade Route to be represented. We gave out over 300 packs of chalk to kids! This is our chance for the youth to participate in Community Engagement. Thank you businesses! New special chalk for 2019.


Summer Art Camp: Three weeks of kids and art projects. Most projects are successful, and all of them are fun. We have young kids in the morning and older kids in the afternoon. Held in the High School Art Room in the last three weeks of June, it is the perfect start to your children’s summer. We focus on turning found household materials into art. Send your teens to volunteer and work on leadership skills! Art Camp is a place where we celebrate diversity among our students, assistants and instructors. All are welcome and all are encouraged to express themselves and their culture through art.

Our scholarship program was a huge success thanks to Iowa State Savings Bank, who was our 2018 Sponsor. We were extremely proud to meet our goal of 25% scholarships, which meant that 12 kids were able to attend three weeks of Art Camp. These kids would most likely not gone to any summer camp. We are currently seeking corporate sponsorship of 2019 Art Camp so that we can offer more scholarships, while maintaining the high quality of our instructors and materials. Will you help us send those kids to Art Camp? $50 will pay for one week of camp for one child. Please donate, however small!


The Depot Gallery: The Gallery is a place to showcase local talent, as well as bring visiting arts, to inspire us, entertain us, and enrich our lives with its presence. The Depot Gallery is free and is open 6 days a week or by appointment. We host an Artist’s Reception at the gallery on the First Friday of each month 6-8 in the evening. We are working with other Uptown retailers to stay open late and have special events on First Fridays 2019 we look forward to many special Sesquicentennial shows by local artists. Artists call Brian 641-247-1663 to schedule a show.


Public Art: Creston Arts partnered with the UCDA to paint a quilt on the intersection of Adams and Maple. It was beautiful but short lived. Merely a test run, Creston arts is working with the UCDA and the City of Creston to seek grants to have a permanent street quilt painted in 2019. Creston arts will also seek grants for a Mural and public Sculpture associated with the 150th anniversary of Creston.



Creston Arts would like to give a huge thank you to these people and businesses that have made donations to our programs, furnished items for our Silent Auction, or donated time to our programs!

The City of Creston, Lisa Williamson, Mike Taylor, Mayor Lybarger, and the City Council

Creston Community High School

Baliey Fry-Schnormeier and the CCHS Art Students

Blake Fry-Schnormeier

Christy Nielsen

Luke Mattson

Cynthia Wolf

Jan And Karl Knock

ISSB-sponsored Art Camp!


Create Creston

Creston News Advertiser

The Lobby


Salon G


Creston Half Marathon-

First National Bank

Hy Vee

Creston Specialty Care

Creston Chamber of Commerce

Matilda Gibson Library

Connections Area Agency on Aging Connections and Life Long Links

Creston Farmers’ Market

BP Creston

The Learning Center

Rieman’s Music

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116 W Adams St, Creston, IA 50801