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Arts and Entertainment

Newton has a thriving arts community. We are a community passionate about encouraging awareness, appreciation and creation of the arts.

The Newton Community Theatre, situated at 1701 South 8th Ave. East, has been the area’s signature theatrical entertainment venue since 1963 with its first production, “Bus Stop.” Since that time, the theater has produced a wealth of theatrical offerings. The Newton Community Theatre exists to bring quality theatre productions to the communities of Jasper County, sharing their talents and resources to make theater a rewarding and educational experience for all. For more information on the theater, visit www.newtontheatre.com.

Live music can also be found in Newton, seasonally at the Maytag Bowl or through organizations like the South Skunk Blues Society, which is made up of blues music fans and musicians. The South Skunk Blues Society is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to preserving and cultivating blues music. The Society promotes public performance opportunities for blues artists, and seeks to increase the exposure to and appreciation of blues music by the general public. Concerts and special events will be listed at www.experiencenewton.com along with a community calendar featuring links to other chamber member organizations promoting the arts.

The Arts Connection, a county wide arts council, supports a broad spectrum of endeavors to encourage and promote artistic expression in Jasper County. The Arts Connection provides financial support to arts organizations and sponsors an annual art show that also features performing musicians.

The Iowa Sculpture Festival was established in 2003 to celebrate the development and growth of sculpture as the ultimate art form and to feature the artists who create it. Inspired by Iowa Sculpture Festival, the Newton Public Art Collection has grown to over 100 installations within the community for the enjoyment and education of residents and guests.

In pursuit of these goals, the Iowa Sculpture Festival established in 2007 the Centre for Arts & Artists in Newton, Iowa, as the headquarters for its year-round educational programming on sculpture and fine art. Centre for Arts & Artists seeks to “Engage the Community in building appreciation of creativity”. With 10 working artist studios, classrooms, artists’ gift shop and clay/kiln rooms, arts based activities are enriched by the instruction and encouragement of artists skilled in many diverse mediums. Serving youth through senior creative engagement, Centre for Arts & Artists also supports arts based outreach throughout Jasper County.

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