Welcome to Arts on Grand


Formed January 23, 1979, the Spencer Area Arts Council was created to encourage local artists, musicians and art lovers to showcase and present their work. On September 11, 1989, the organization opened at its current location and began operations as Arts on Grand. Arts on Grand is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

Today, Arts on Grand continues to promote and present local artists and musicians, with a mission of enriching lives in Northwest Iowans through the arts. We offer a variety of classes throughout the year for all ages.

Our exhibit gallery hosts a variety of different artists and art. We offer live music in our gallery from local musicians. A gift shop offers art, books and other items from local and Midwestern artists and authors. Space for group and artist meetings and performances. A resource center of books and videos, including gallery events.

Arts on Grand host events throughout the year that include:

  • Grapes on Grand
  • Arts and Crafts Supply Garage Sale
  • Backyard Bach and Blues
  • Music in the Gallery

Collaborative programming with area businesses, schools and other organizations, including:

  • Films for the Cinematically Disadvantaged
  • Spencer Performing Arts Coalition (SPARC)
  • Festival of Trees
  • No Boundaries
  • Pint 'n Paint

Arts on Grand aims to provide a home for all the arts, enhance enjoyment of these arts, encourage artists to develop their talents, and promote the arts in Spencer and surrounding areas.

We aim to do this while we sustain the organization through financial stability based on memberships, sponsorships, fundraisers, grants, donations and gifts of endowment.

The mission of Arts on Grand is enriching life in northwest Iowa through the Arts.