A significant part of Old Brick's mission is and has been to provide a gathering place for civic, educational, cultural, and social events in the community. During one recent year alone, the auditorium was used by more than 78 groups and individuals for events such as concerts, plays, ethnic festivals and celebrations, weddings, a coffee house for musicians and poets to present their work in an informal setting, and as an exhibit hall for various community art shows. Old Brick's proximity to the University has provided opportunities for classes and graduations to be held there.
The Agape Cafe, a weekly breakfast program for the homeless, is operated out of Old Brick by The Episcopal Chaplaincy. Every week while school is in session, 70 to 95 homeless and low-income guests are seated at tables with tablecloths, order from menus, and have their orders taken and breakfasts served by students and community volunteers.
Old Brick agreed to the following covenant when it purchased the property:"Every reasonable effort shall be made to maintain an environment which fosters use of the auditorium by a variety of community and university groups and individuals, and the owner shall undertake affirmative steps to promote such community use."
More than 78 events held at Old Brick in a recent year served an estimated 16,000 people. Approximately 80 percent of the events served the student and/or low-income population of Iowa City. The campus ministry programs use the auditorium approximately 29 percent of the time.
The Lower Level, with an entrance on Clinton Street houses the offices of Table to Table, Soul Friends, Lutheran Campus Ministry and The Episcopal Chaplaincy, Arts Ala Carte as well as a student lounge, rest rooms, and a general meeting room and kitchen.
The West Wing, with an entrance off the parking lot, houses a variety of non-profit tenants.