Community invited to attend Main Street Ottumwa Better Block Kick-Off Event July 24

OTTUMWA-As part of a $50,000 National Endowment for the Arts grant, Main Street Ottumwa is partnering with The Better Block Foundation to facilitate a “train-the-trainer” workshop with the Main Street Iowa network, local arts organizations, public health officials, and planning professionals to integrate creative placemaking into their work. Training resources will be tested through a demonstration project in downtown Ottumwa and disseminated statewide. The main workshop, to be held in downtown Ottumwa in October, expects to draw over 100 attendees.


The community is invited to attend a kick-off event on Monday, July 24 at Market on Main from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Jason Roberts from the Better Block Foundation will present an introduction of the project and attendees will have the opportunity to share their ideas to improve Main Street in downtown Ottumwa. Those unable to attend can also share their ideas through an online community survey at


The project is a collaboration with the Ottumwa Area Arts Council and Iowa Economic Development Authority’s Main Street Iowa program. In addition to NEA funding, this initiative is supported by Main Street Ottumwa, City of Ottumwa, Ottumwa Regional Legacy Foundation, Main Street Iowa/Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA), University of Iowa Business Leadership Network, National Association of Realtors, South East Iowa Regional Board of Realtors, Community First Credit Union, and Peoples State Bank.


For more information on this project, please contact Fred Zesiger at