Our Mission

The mission of the BAC is to present a variety of unique, artistic expressions and experiences to children, students, and community.  

The purpose of Fishtival is to attract tourists to the Bellevue, Iowa, through the promotion of art. 



Our annual 2019 Fishtival event will be on Saturday, August 17th, from 10 A.M. to 4 P.M.  This annual event is a celebration of our heritage as a community on the Mississippi through all forms of art including dance, media arts, and folk and traditional music.  Artisans will be selling their wares along the river front, a wonderful variety of works from ceramics, paintings, jewelry, metalsmithing, woodworking, and much more. Food vendors will be plentiful as well. Our mermaid will show up as well in the afternoon to the children's delight. Come join us and have a wonderful day of activities and fun!  See you there! 


New in 2019

We will have all our usual chalk art in the street, in addition to a special chalk event coordinated by Joannie Kilburg.  In addition, children's and family-friendly make-and-take art workshops will be located in the Great River Gallery from 10 A.M. to 2 P.M. forgoing summer heat to air conditioning for everyone's creative comfort. In addition there will be a silent auction in the GRG with proceeds going to the BAC scholarship fund. The auction will be monitored from 10 A.M. to 1 P.M.