Legion Arts began in the 1980s as The Drawing Legion, producing original performance works under the direction of Mel Andringa and F. John Herbert. Since 1991, the organization has been known as Legion Arts and has been based at CSPS, a century-old former Czech social hall near downtown Cedar Rapids, Iowa. In addition to generating original productions, Legion Arts now manages CSPS as a regional center for contemporary arts, hosting up to 20 exhibits and 70 performing arts events each year. Through artist-based partnerships, Legion Arts is also involved in advocacy, education and community development initiatives.
Independent, nonprofit and fiercely multi- disciplinary, Legion Arts is a vigorous and varied grassroots presenter, tending to exhibit emerging visual artists or established artists whose work is moving in a new direction. We generally book performing artists (especially musicians) who already have engagements in the area. We are also able to bring in regional, national, and occasionally international, artists for residencies and special projects. We have had over 200 exhibits at CSPS; nearly a third of those have been site-specific. Proposals are accepted on an ongoing basis, and we’re always happy to hear from artists we’re not familiar with. Send an artist’s statement and work sample (old-school slides, CD/DVD, website), then update us regularly about what you’re doing.