Encouraging and sponsoring art and arts activities in Johnston, Iowa

Johnston Arts Council

About the Johnston Arts Council

The Johnston Arts Council is a non-profit, volunteer-run 501(c)3 founded in 2019 to encourage and sponsor art and arts activities in Johnston, Iowa. The Arts Council is currently working with the City of Johnston and Hansen Company to select art for the Town Center development.

Current Projects

DART Art Shelter

The Arts Council will work with an artist to create an original to be embedded in the glass panes of a new bus shelter at 62nd Avenue and Merle Hay Road.

Completed Projects

Flight/Hilde DeBruyne

Flight by Cumming-based artist Hilde DeBruyne was generously donated to the city by Tom Leffler and Judy Anderson and installed along Merle Hay Road in October 2020.

Ripples/Reinaldo Correa

Johnston’s new Town Center development will include a number of public art pieces. In early 2020, the Arts Council issued an RFP for a centrally-located, signature piece. The Arts Council and the Johnston City Council selected Ripples by Ames-based artist Reinaldo Correa. The 12′ tall steel and aluminum sculpture was installed in spring 2021.

Tree of Life/Hilde DeBruyne

The massive Tree of Life by artist Hilde DeBruyne was Johnston’s first public art piece. Tree of Life was installed in December, 2019 at Terra Lake Park. This beautiful work was made possible by the Prairie Meadows Community Betterment Grant, Bravo Greater Des Moines Grant, and the City of Johnston’s 50th Anniversary donations.

Town Center Mural

The Arts Council selected Des Moines artist James Navarro to create a two-piece mural for the concessions building at the new Town Center development. The mural was completed summer 2021.

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