New Urban Gallery project!

But I noticed these shadows and I knew it meant it was sunny. – David Hockney


Hello! The Youth Art Team is giving a Waterloo Center for the Arts Urban Gallery a new look. The area’s unsung heroes and amazing citizens will be honored in our newest project. In this space, we take a look into the lives and works of our otherwise unrecognized people, past and present. We honor a hardworking person of any age. Recommendations will come from individuals, civic groups, churches, organizations, businesses, and others. Any community member inspired by another person’s acts and efforts can submit an application.


The Youth Art Team summer camp (July 2017)

Submit a name now! Or download a printable version here.

Who fights to help make your life great?

Twelve Youth Art Team summer camp students created and installed 30 silhouettes in a Waterloo Center for the Arts Urban Gallery during one week in July 2017. Young artists will gradually transform these silhouettes to represent actual people whose lives make our community great. In addition, young writers, musicians, and artists will create a short video telling the story of each person who is selected for the gallery. All submissions may be published in a collection at the end of the project.

Now we need to hear from you: Who makes your life great? Who do you think deserves recognition in the Urban Gallery? Students developed a list of criteria to set the stage for you!

The Youth Art Team is accepting submissions from the public. Students ages 5-18 will review submissions and choose who will have the honor of recognition in the Urban Gallery.

We’re accepting submissions for two rounds of selection.

Deadline for Round 1: September 8, 2017.

Deadline for Round 2: December 31, 2017.

Note: Each submission not selected in Round 1 will remain eligible for Round 2, so submit early!
Everything you need to submit:

Submission Guidelines (includes who’s eligible, criteria, & helpful tips)

Submission Form: Online or print form.

If you have questions, contact us anytime and we will respond as quickly as possible ( or 319-343-8029).
Thank you!


Student collaborators:


The new Youth Art Team Urban Gallery Installation project is supported, in part, by the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, the National Endowment for the Arts, the R.J. McElroy Trust, Omega Cabinetry, and First Presbyterian Church (Waterloo).