Marshalltown will be designated an official Iowa Great Place by representatives from the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs Friday.
Mary Cownie, director of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, will be in Marshalltown Friday to recognize the city's recent selection by the state as an Iowa Great Place, and to award $350,000 in grant money to the Marshall County Arts & Culture Alliance.
The recognition event is open to the public, and will be held in the community rooms of the Marshalltown Public Library from 3 to 4 p.m. The program begins at 3:15 p.m.
Other state officials expected to be present include Chris Kramer, deputy director of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, Matthew Harris, administrator of the Iowa Arts Council, David Schmitz, community resource specialist and coordinator of the Iowa Great Places Program, as well as members of the Iowa Great Places Review Panel. Local officials and state legislators will also be present.
The city's selection as an Iowa Great Place was the result of an application filed by a coalition of community organizations working with the Marshall County Arts & Culture Alliance, including the city of Marshalltown, the Marshalltown Public Art Committee (M-PAC) and the Marshalltown Convention & Visitors Bureau. The grant funding will be used to add public art and other enhancements to the 13th Street District and to the Marshalltown High School roundhouse renovation.
"This is an opportunity for the whole community to celebrate this recognition and to demonstrate that Marshalltown is indeed a great place to live, work, play and raise a family," said Mary Giese, Executive Director of the Marshall County Arts & Culture Alliance. "We are excited about the opportunity this money will provide for us to incorporate public art and other components into these important community projects. This program is a good fit with the mission of the Alliance, which is to enhance the quality of life in Marshalltown by connecting communities to arts and culture," she said.