Grinnell boasts three modern theaters, including the Voertman Theater, a 500-seat auditorium located in the Grinnell Community Center and host to numerous community productions and events throughout the year. Newly renovated Roberts Theatre is located in the Bucksbaum Center for the Arts on the Grinnell College campus and seats 450. In addition to performances by college students, this theatre also hosts local, national and international performers. Grinnell High School prides itself on the newest auditorium in town—a 700-seat state-of-the-art facility, that hosts the school district’s stage productions, concerts, and a variety of other events. These auditoriums lend themselves to recitals, concerts, and plays produced and performed by students, community groups and professional tours.
Grinnell College brings a wide range of artistic and cultural activities to campus every week. On any given day, night, or weekend, guests may enjoy entertainment ranging from a break dancing workshop to a concert by their favorite musician. Campus is buzzing with intellectual activity, including speakers who deliver public lectures on everything from foreign policy to healthcare reform. The Rosenfield Program in Public Affairs, International Relations, and Human Rights is particularly well-known for its public affairs symposium, Writers @ Grinnell, which consistently brings renowned authors to campus for public readings.
The Faulconer Gallery at Grinnell College, winner of the Iowa Tourism and the Arts Award in 2000, showcases internationally recognized masters such as Monet and Picasso, as well as more contemporary artists. The
Grinnell Historical Museum allows visitors to relive Grinnell’s past. Exhibits tell the story of Grinnell’s Congregational roots and its importance to the Underground Railroad. It shows how Grinnell evolved into the city it is today.
Formed in 1979 to promote arts appreciation, the Grinnell Area Arts Council (GAAC) regularly schedules exhibitions, workshops, and art classes. Kids love the council’s Summer Arts Camp, a two-week program that allows children to explore music, visual arts, movement, and drama, and Studio 6, an after-school, year-round arts program. Other GAAC programs include The Art Factory, Bad Art Saturday, Turlach Ur Pipe Band, Thursday Music in the Park (a summer music series) and exhibits at the Grinnell Community Art Gallery.