Artisan Studio

The Artisan Studio at Brucemore celebrates the arts and provides a home to cultivate local talent.

In the early 1900s, Irene Douglas brought a vibrant tradition to Brucemore that still thrives today: championing local art. An avid patron of the arts, Irene infused her home with music and creativity, much of it sourced from Iowa and regional artists. Following Brucemore’s transition from a private residence to a cultural center in 1981, Irene’s legacy endured, shaping the institution’s commitment to honoring local arts and culture. Through countless theatrical performances, concerts, art exhibitions, and tours over the decades, Brucemore has remained a beacon of Irene’s enduring arts legacy.

A special thank you to the following donors for investment in the Artisan Studio!
  • Organization Support Grant Fund of the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation
  • UFG Insurance
  • Nina E. and Victor D. Merveaux Endowed Fund for Historic Preservation of the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation
  • Silos and Smokes National Heritage Area
Artisan Development Projects

Artists embark on a journey of growth and inspiration with Brucemore. Each year, arts professionals handpick talented artists eager to expand their horizons. Teaming up with our seasoned creatives and technicians, they craft projects that showcase the transformative power of a fully funded support network. Check our calendar for upcoming Artisan Studio Showcase events, where you can meet the artists, experience their work, and delve into their captivating journeys.

Live from the Artisan Studio Streaming Series

Tune in to our digital episodes capturing the essence of live performances and candid interviews, recorded at Brucemore in front of a live studio audience. Delve into the personal and creative realms of each regional and national musician. Discover the stories behind the artists, their sources of inspiration, and musical processes. View Live from the Artisan Studio.

Nooks and Crannies of History

Indulge your curiosity with our engaging short documentaries, where you will delve into captivating anecdotes about people, places, and topics. Sit back, relax, and uncover the intriguing stories and history behind a variety of subjects. Let us be your guide on a journey of discovery. View the Nooks and Crannies of History.

A Day in the Life of a Garden

Curious about life working at a public garden and the daily beauty it entails? Learn insights, tips, and tricks gleaned from the experience of Brucemore’s expert staff. Whether you have a sprawling garden or a few pots on your apartment balcony, there is no such thing as a garden that is too small. Discover practical advice to elevate your own green space at home. Let us inspire you to nurture beauty right outside your doorstep. View A Day in the Life of a Garden.

Live Events

From soulful music to rhythmic dance, stirring poetry to compelling spoken-word performances, immerse yourself in our live events performances. Set against the beauty and history of Brucemore’s gardens, landscape, and buildings, these events provide an experience that may be relaxing, thought-provoking, entertaining, and always enjoyable. View our upcoming events.