The performances are being organized as part of a pilot program called the Open City project. The initiative is meant to support artists and the vibrancy of downtown, said Iowa City Downtown Executive Director
"Part of the local culture of
The project is a collaboration between the
About 40 artists will perform for 10 weeks throughout the summer. Artist applications are still being accepted, and interested artists can apply at http://icopencity.org/. Each artist will receive a fee intended to cover the cost of the performance, ranging from
Some of that art is organized in conjunction with local businesses, like regular Friday afternoon music in front of
However, recent city code changes meant to restrict people asking for money on the street have had a negative impact on buskers, both Bird and Engelbrecht said.
Engelbrecht said he wants to use the Open City project to raise awareness about where busking is still allowed and to let artists know they can still perform in other zones if they don't ask for money.
Bird said she wants to keep the "pop-up" performance an integral part of
"One thing that sets downtown
Engelbrecht said if the first ten weeks go well, there's a possibility Open City will continue in months and years to come.
"I'm hoping for innovative, uncanny performances that expose the general public to new forms of art," he said. "I'm interested in the depths of different talents of this location we find ourselves in and hopefully having more people experience this vibrancy."
While there isn't a set schedule for the performances, follow Open City on
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