Thursday, October 23
7 pm Performance: Interpretive Response in Dance and Music
7 pm Middle Eastern Film Series: Zero Motivation

Dorian Byrd—founder, director, choreographer and instructor for Imani! Dancers & Studio for Cultural Arts—will select artworks from the African American Arts exhibition that inspire her choreography. She will collaborate with musician and professor Coleman Harris to interpret the artworks as she performs short dance pieces in front of the artworks. Audience members are invited to observe and will be able to ask questions or comment after each piece. This program is made possible by an Arts Dollar$ grant from Quad City Arts and the group artsBASICS for coordinating this community collaboration.

This program is made possible by an Arts Dollar$ grant from Quad City Arts and the group artsBASICS for coordinating this community collaboration.

Also this week, St. Ambrose Middle East Institute Film Fest will feature the film Zero Motivation by Talya Lavie (Hebrew with English subtitles) in the John Deere Auditorium. This film is a zany, dark comedic portrait of everyday life for a unit of young, female Israeli soldiers. It was voted Best Narrative Feature at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival.


October 30
5 pm Burger baskets and cash ba
6:30 pm PechaKucha Night

Hare-bookclub.jpgART LOVER'S BOOK CLUB
1 pm Wednesday, November 5
Figge Dining Room
Free; members-only program

All art lovers with a Figge Museum membership are invited to join a lively discussion in the Figge cafe about artistic literature. Each program includes a short introduction, discussion led by a Figge docent, and group discussion. Bring a brown bag lunch if desired.

For more information, contact Lynn at 563.326.7804 x2006 or

NOVEMBER BOOK: The Hare with the Amber Eyes by Edmund de Waal
Discussion leader: Catherine Weideman
This memoir and detective story presents the story of an inherited collection and its survival.

Download a flyer with information about upcoming books and meeting dates.

Wine-ArtW.jpgWINE & ART

Enjoy interesting, fun studio art activities paired with a glass of wine, light hors d’oeuvres and great conversation during Wine & Art nights at the Figge. Featuring a different art medium each month, you’ll create finished art works to display in your home in these cool, casual studio sessions. Download a flyer with more information.

Pre-registration required • Call 563.326.7804 x2045 or email

This month:

Ito-W-(1).jpgJapanese Brush Calligraphy Art with Anna Ito
November 6
Artist Anna Ito , executive director of  Japan Brush Writing Association, USA Division, will teach the Japanese Hiragana/Katakana alphabets, basic Japanese calligraphic brush strokes and Japanese Kanji characters. Create a colorful holiday wreath and one-of-a-kind holiday cards in this relaxed, fun class.


Create something colorful, bold, and fun - take a studio art class. Double the fun and come with a friend! Learn more about adult studio art classes.


Docent-led Tours
Delve deeper into the significance of the art featured in an exhibition by joining a docent-led tour on Sunday at 1:30 pm. Our knowledgable docents will deepen your understanding, and you'll come away with a greater appreciation of the artwork presented.

Upcoming tours:

Self-Taught Genius: Treasures from the American Folk Art Museum
1:30 pm Saturdays, November 22, December 6, 13
1:30 pm Sunday, November 23


Learn more about Figge outreach programs for K-12 teachers, including The Big Picture, Museums Alive!, Art Lessons to Go and Study Tours.