Creative Cedar Valley community events: celebrating creativity in place - QR code.

CEDAR FALLS, IOWA — University of Northern Iowa students in the new course The Creative Experience are inviting the public to explore the creativity thriving in the Cedar Valley at four events in October, November and December. 

In the course, students are challenged to conceive, plan and deliver a four-event series that immerses them in creative experiences. The professor of the course, Gary Gute, explained, "I've been teaching creativity classes nearly every semester since 2005. The consistent lament from students is 'I'm not creative because I'm not an artist.' This course helps them quickly experience that creativity is not only within the purview of the arts. It is multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary. And it is essential to all fields. Creative Cedar Valley will also help the community appreciate that creativity is thriving in the Cedar Valley."

The class is curating events at three sites: The 415 Walnut Project in Waterloo on Oct. 10, Three Pines Farm north of Cedar Falls on Oct. 17, and the Waterloo Career Center on Nov. 14. All events, which include a tour, program and refreshments, are free and begin at 6 p.m. Registration is now open at

To wrap up the semester of events, the class will host a Creative Cedar Valley Celebration at the Oster Regent Theatre on Tuesday, Dec.12 at 6 p.m. in downtown Cedar Falls. Still under development by the students, the free event promises to offer the community a high-energy evening conveying the resounding message that creativity is flourishing in the Cedar Valley. The community can watch for updates at and as the course progresses.

Creative Cedar Valley is made possible by financial support from a Veridian Community Engagement Fellowship and with sponsorship from UNI's College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, School of Health and Human Sciences, and Mag Pie magazine.


Adam Amdor