Legion ArtsLegion Arts had its beginnings in the 1980s as The Drawing Legion, producing original performance works (and touring on the NPN) 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 and nonprofit, Legion Arts is a vigorous and varied grassroots presenter, tending to book performing artists (especially musicians) who already have engagements in the area. Less frequently we’re able to bring in artists for extended runs, residencies and special projects. Though the scale of Legion Arts is probably best suited to solo artists and small companies, we’re fiercely multidisciplinary. Proposals are accepted on an ongoing basis, and we’re always happy to hear from artists we’re not familiar with. For starters, send an e-mail, brochure or some basic printed material.
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