Our mission

 

Drawing upon Decorah, Iowa and the surround area's rich sense of community, we create uncommon experiences through presenting locally-based collaborative arts across a wealth of local venues. 

 
 
In a small-town environment, where music of all kinds is readily available and where the calendar is approaching saturation, the Water Street Music Series achieves the impossible.
— James Griesheimer, Associate Professor of Music (retired), Luther College
 

three sell-out seasons

 
In three seasons, nearly 3,000 people have attended Water St. productions.

In three seasons, nearly 3,000 people have attended Water St. productions.

 
In addition to the joy of hearing great music, the assortment of unique venues helped to create a one-of-a kind experience.
— Sue Drilling, Director of Special Programs, Luther College
 

First three seasons

Audience composition

 
 
Each time an artist performs on a Water St. production, we're proud to pay a stipend for their time and talents. 

Each time an artist performs on a Water St. production, we're proud to pay a stipend for their time and talents. 

 
 
 
Water Street Music Series has tapped a desire for continuing cultural enrichment and expression in the region.
— Richard Torgerson, Luther College President (retired)
More than 150,000 people engaged with Water St. digital content in Season 3 alone.

More than 150,000 people engaged with Water St. digital content in Season 3 alone.

 
 
 
 

Learn more about how engaging your business in the arts builds both traffic towards your business and engagement in the larger arts community. 

Donate to support local arts

Make a donation to support your neighbor artists! In three seasons, Water St. has been able to provide more than $10,000 in artist stipends thanks to donors and audience members like you.