The Alliance connects our community to arts and culture by supporting, promoting, and enriching existing opportunities, and by seeking new possibilities. Our mission allows us to focus on enhancing the quality of life in Marshalltown by making it a place in which arts and culture thrive and our community flourishes. We are passionate about making Marshalltown THE place to live, work, learn and play by being THE influencer and driver of a creative culture supporting the economy and quality of life in our community.
Learn more about the Alliance here!
New Decade. New Focus.
A vibrant arts and culture environment is critical to enhancing our community’s quality of life and driving economic development, while fostering a positive view of the community among our residents and visitors.
In 2020, the Alliance is launching several new initiatives with a focus on adding vibrancy to our community, celebrating our diversity, amplifying our local artists, increasing community pride and enhancing beautification. These initiatives include a Marshalltown Murals Program and an Artist Network. In addition to the new programs, we are thrilled about the continued growth and expansion of our current programs, the Marshalltown Public Art Committee and Art in Public Places. Additionally, with established partnerships, the Alliance will provide unique opportunities for the community to experience arts and culture throughout the year.
The Alliance is excited about the opportunity to continue to transform,grow and evolve alongside our community. However, in order to better serve Marshalltown and carry out our mission, we will no longer be holding the annual art festival. This transition creates a significant opportunity to expand and embed the arts throughout our community to create a lasting impact. It also provides the possibility to redefine what the arts mean for our community beyond a one-day annual event. This is an exciting time to be in Marshalltown and we are thrilled to expand and connect our community to arts and culture in new ways as we look to the future.
We take our mission seriously – to connect our community to arts and culture by supporting, promoting and enriching existing opportunities, and by seeking new possibilities. In this new decade we have a new focus but our vision remains – to see a future in which arts and culture thrive and our community flourishes.
Virtual Meet the Artist
The artists are going virtual!
In light of the current pandemic and in an effort to slow the spread of coronavirus, all Meet the Artist events will be combined into one virtual event on April 23 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Join us online (link coming soon) to learn more about the artists and their work. We'll continue to update this event with details!
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“Community arts aren’t about art as a sign – a noun, an object. They are about art as symbol, a verb, a process. Our work in community arts is about creating a process that invites individuals to participate and experience the arts on a personal basis. It is, in essence, a paradigm shift from ‘art as product and citizen as patron’ to ‘art as process and citizen as participant.’ It is called community arts development.” - Patrick Overton