Music and Arts Studios

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Eastern Iowa Arts Academy MembershipBECOME A MEMBER of EIAA's Music and Arts Studios! An $80 membership to EIAA's Music and Arts Studios provides unlimited access to youth member classes, camps, open studio sessions, social events and other special activities throughout the year.  Join Today!!!


For the past nine years Eastern Iowa Arts Academy has provided high quality after school arts programs for elementary, middle and high school students and adults in the Greater Cedar Rapids metro area. In those nine years, EIAA has grown to serve over 3000 students annually, provide over 120 classes, and productively connect with many facets of the Cedar Rapids community. EIAA is establishing roots and is creating a space to Explore, Excite and Excel.

In addition to continuing our quality After School Arts Enrichment Programming in schools and many other satellite locations, Eastern Iowa Arts Academy's Music and Arts Studios provide a permanent location to further Eastern Iowa Arts Academy program goals.

The Music and Arts Studios provide additional innovative arts opportunities for all - youth, adults, seniors and individuals with a wide variety of special needs. 


Announcing our new Youth Arts Leadership Program! (YALP)
We are looking for middle and high school students to serve on the council for the new Youth Arts Leadership Program.  Students must have a strong passion for the arts, quality leadership skills, a positive work ethic and pervious or current involvement with the Music and Arts Studios.  Members will broaden the impact of EIAA by helping plan special events, assist in special programming, be involved in the Riley Smith Youth Music Festival as well as working to create a vibrant presence in the community on behalf of the Arts Academy.  Great for your resume! Print the application here!



The innovative programming provides participants with:

  • A sense of community among their peers
  • Opportunities to explore and develop their artistic sense in the arts
  • Skills for a lifetime of passion and personal satisfaction
  • Enriching opportunities which they may otherwise be unlikely to experience
  • Positive mentorship for life and learning


MUSIC AND ARTS STUDIOS- 1847 E Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

The Music Studio, is a music studio geared for youth interested in a rock environment (though not limited to rock). Students will explore and develop their artistic sense in music and will learn skills for a lifetime of passion for music and personal satisfaction. The studio plans to host classes and workshops in electric and acoustic guitar, drums, keyboard, wind and brass instruments, strings, vocal, sound engineering and more. The Music Studio offers the opportunity for weekly formations of bands in high-energy lessons and rehearsals facilitated by local musicians. The Music Studio will also host bigger name musicians and performers offering unique learning opportunities to hundreds of area youth, searching for more opportunities than may otherwise be available to them. 

The Art & Creative Writing Studio hosts art and creative writing classes, a variety of workshop series, as well as designated workspaces that allow students to work on individual projects with input and direction from professional instructors and artists in many disciplines. Writers and artists will have the opportunity to enhance their creative process while exercising higher thinking skills in a professional studio environment.

The Local Artists Workshop Series utilizes local professional artists to provide quality monthly workshops to adults in the community. The Local Artists Workshop Series will include basic drawing and painting classes as well as classes exploring textiles, collage, sculpture, and printmaking. Participants will be encouraged to engage in dialog about the artistic process in a fun and non-threatening environment.

Excited yet? We need your support! The Eastern Iowa Arts Academy is still in need of local businesses, corporations, foundations and/or individuals to help sponsor building renovations and programming at The Music and Arts Studios. If interested, please contact Executive Director, David Griffin, at or call, 319-350-1805, to find out how you can help support this new, exciting initiative; or Donate Online Now. Please consider making a pledge to EIAA's Music and Arts Studios and support the arts in  your community today!