moving forward together
THIS IS AN AMBITIOUS AND ASPIRATIONAL TEN-YEAR PLAN. IT BELONGS TO ALL OF US.
This process was shaped and improved by the diverse voices and distinctive perspectives of Marshalltown residents.
Existing civic plans recognize that “great things can happen when you dare to dream big.” Building a beautiful and welcoming Marshalltown directly addresses negative perceptions of education, crime, and lack of opportunity, as well as the challenge of young people leaving the community.
When an arts and culture master plan is adopted and integrated into a city’s comprehensive plan, amazing things happen. Art and culture can connect and renew Marshalltown, positioning us for collaboration and revitalization.
The creative community is who we are, how we work and play, and what we love. As you absorb the placemaking themes and ideas on the following pages, look forward with us. This future is hopeful and it’s attainable.
THIS PLAN IS AN INVITATION TO IMAGINE, TO BUILD, AND TO CREATE COMMUNITY TOGETHER.
To ensure this plan reflects the richness of the Marshalltown community, consultants conducted 14 interviews, seven focus groups (including those involving artists, the Latino community, and the Burmese community), and an online survey (offered in 21 languages) completed by 655 people.
Throughout this plan, potential partners have been identified. These are organizations and institutions with natural connections to the cultural priorities outlined in the document. Where might you or your organization fit in? We have ideas. Let’s talk. Because making a vibrant and welcoming Marshalltown, alive with arts and authentic cultural opportunities, will take all of us.