The History of Junior Art Gallery
The turbulent 60’s brought racial unrest to the Cedar Valley. Waterloo utilized art to ease tensions by integrating public schools through a cultural explorations program in 1967. Students from the west side were partnered with students from the east side and met together at the Arts Center.

This program was a success and a year later, in 1968, the Junior League along with the Waterloo School District and the Arts Center, started the Junior Art Gallery (JAG) to bring the world to the children of Waterloo. Through imaginative programs, visual adventures and interactive experiences children have visited countries around the world and been introduced to many other thematic exhibitions.

The Junior Art Gallery is all about learning! Each theme is well-l-researched and coordinates with the school district’s curriculum.

Thousands of children have toured the Junior Art Gallery yearly. It is the only children's gallery of its kind in the Midwest and has gained national recognition for its imaginative programs.

The Junior Art Gallery has achieved all this despite being stuck in the basement of the Arts Center for over 35 years!

Junior Art Galleries
Artist's Studio
Blast from the Past
Book Nook and Reading Corner
Caribbean Kinder Island
Construction Zone
Creativity Across Cultures
Fun Stage
Grant's Farm
Our Gallery