Art and Culture both enrich
the individual and enhance economic development, encouraging community
growth and creating a sense of community among residents who are diverse
in age, ethnicity, educational level and economic status. By
fostering collaboration and cooperation among arts and culture organizations,
the Alliance sees a future in which arts and culture thrive and our
The Marshall County Arts & Culture
Alliance connects individuals to arts and culture by supporting, promoting
and enriching existing opportunities and seeking new possibilities.
- Identify and help secure new sources of funding
for artists and arts and culture organizations
- Encourage training and support to artists and arts
and culture organizations
- Offer marketing opportunities to artists and arts
and culture organizations: free, self-posting, events calendar website
- Promote free, self-posting website to the Marshall
- Promote and enrich existing arts and culture opportunities
- Seek new arts and culture possibilities
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Alliance and what will it do?
- The Alliance is a new umbrella organization that values the arts and culture as a community building tool. It promotes and supports, stimulates interest and appreciation of arts and culture in the Marshall County area.
Where did the idea for the Alliance come from?
- The Alliance is a continuation of previous efforts by local individuals and organizations. Since the fall of 2001, efforts have been spearheaded by the Martha-Ellen Tye Foundation, supported by the Community Y, the Marshalltown Public Library and the Chamber of Commerce.
Why is the Alliance necessary?
- Arts and culture organizations have told us in interviews that collaboration, coordination and marketing efforts are needed. The public told us the same thing in 15 focus groups. Recent collaboration has produced several successful programs for children and youth, i.e. – Youth Chautauqua, Camp Creativity and Kidsquest.
Will the Alliance take the place of any existing arts organizations?
- No. The Alliance supports and promotes existing organizations.