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Address: 225 E. 2nd Street in downtown Davenport, Iowa

Phone: 563-324-0667 or 309-786-2430 (MidCoast Fine Arts)

Web Site: www.bucktownarts.com or www.midcoast.org

Hours: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday and till 9 p.m. on the last Friday of the month

Admission: Free

Media Contact: Christine Braden, 309-786-2430 or christine@midcoast.org

The East end of downtown Davenport, Iowa, historically known as the Bucktown District, was infamous for its speakeasies and dance halls at the turn of the 20th century.

Today in the 21st century, the Bucktown District is in the midst of an incrediblerevitalization.  Exciting new energiesare focused on such projects as the Figge Art Museum, Hotel Blackhawk, RiverMusic Experience, establishment of Second Street as an Arts Corridor, skybridge,expansion of the Adler Theatre, RiverCenter, new Downtown Loft Apartments, andmore.

The Bucktown Center for the Arts, at 225 E. 2nd Street, has helped to anchor the East end of the Quad Cities' newest Arts Corridor.  There are two floors of art galleries and studios offering wonderful treasures for all tastes and all budgets.  The public can buy direct from the artist in a wide variety of forms including: jewelry, clothing and accessories, paintings, sculpture, metal, wood, stone, glass, drawings, prints, photography, collage, crafts, and more.

Along with the various artists’ studios, exhibit cases in the hallways feature regional artists’ works on display and for sale. Many of the resident artists also hold classes.

Each month on the last Friday of the month, Bucktown hosts a free Final Friday celebration from 6-9 p.m. with various activities and entertainment.

Bucktown opened in July 2005 and is managed by MidCoast Fine Arts.

The third floor houses community organization offices such as MidCoast Fine Arts and The Midwest Writing Center, while the fourth floor offers condominium space along the riverfront.  The Midwest Writing Center offers opportunities for writers and readers alike throughout the Quad Cities region.  They host workshops, classes, book clubs, poetry readings, and more.  For more information on the Midwest Writing Center, contact them at 563-324-1410 or www.midwestwritingcenter.org.

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