Arts and Cultural Affairs Call out to Local Artists

In collaboration with volunteers of the City’s Arts and Culture Master Plan, the Arts and Cultural Affairs Commission is assisting in a call out to local artists and creatives of color to submit photos that capture themselves as the artists, actors, poets, filmmakers, musicians, singers, songwriters, photographers, dancers, etc. that they most admire or that most inspire them.

Submitted photos will be incorporated into promotions and activities around a seed of an idea called the “Dubuque Renaissance Project” which aims to identify, empower, and amplify the voices of Dubuque’s BIPOC artists and creatives.

Submission deadline is December 31, 2020 to Alanda Gregory, Chair of the DPR Steering Committee at

WHAT TO DO: #1 – Imagine and capture yourself in a side-by-side portrait with your favorite artist, actor, poet, filmmaker, musician, singer, songwriter, photographer, dancer, etc. #2 – Submit your photo(s) with your name, contact information, the name of your historic arts icon, and a quote for you or them.

EXAMPLE: Alanda Gregory side-by-side with 1970’s actress and model, Tamara Dobson. Alanda chose her because in spite of the racism and sexism Tamara endured in the industry, she defied the odds and like many other Black actresses of her time, paved the way for those that would follow in her footsteps.

Tamara Dobson was an American actress and fashion model who became best known for her title role as government agent Cleopatra “Cleo” Jones the 1973 Blaxploitation film Cleopatra Jones and its 1975 sequel Cleopatra Jones and the Casino of Gold.

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