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Local resident appointed to Board of Directors for the Iowa Arts Council

The Marshall County Arts & Culture Alliance recently announced its Executive Director, Amber Danielson, has been appointed by Gov. Kim Reynolds to serve on the Iowa Arts Council State Board of Directors.

“Amber has been an incredible asset to our Organization and we are very proud to have her serve on the Iowa Arts Council. Marshalltown is continuing to make the Arts a priority in our community and this appointment will only strengthen the relationship between the State, Marshalltown and the Arts,” said President of the Alliance Board Amanda Accola.

The Iowa Arts Council is a department of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, which is a state agency within the Executive Branch of Iowa’s state government. The mission of the Iowa Arts Council is to empower Iowa to build and sustain culturally vibrant communities by connecting Iowans to the people, places and points of pride that define the state.

“I am excited and honored to represent Marshalltown and serve on a board that is making a significant impact in arts and culture around the state,” said Danielson.

Marshalltown has been recognized by the Department of Cultural Affairs by being awarded and designated as an Iowa Great Place through a grant submitted by the Arts & Cultural Alliance on behalf of the Marshalltown Public Art Committee, a division of the Alliance. The Iowa Great Places grant funded two public art projects at the Marshalltown High School Roundhouse and in the 13th Street District.

Established in 2004, the Arts & Culture Alliance a 501(c)3 not-for-profit, was designed not to replace any existing arts organizations but rather to assist in collaboration, coordination and marketing efforts. Headquartered in Marshalltown, Iowa, the Alliance strives to grow and better area arts and culture organizations while helping connect them to the community. In addition to supporting the Marshalltown Public Art Committee, the Alliance hosts the annual Marshalltown Art Festival. The Festival will come back strong on July 20, 2019 in Downtown Marshalltown, after a year’s absence following the July 19 tornado. The theme “Marshalltown Strong” and the one-year anniversary of the day the community began to rebuild will be celebrated.

“Amber has been an effective leader for arts & culture in Marshall County, and I’m positive she will make a significant contribution to the Iowa Arts Council. It’s good to have strong representation from Marshalltown and I’m know she will bring great ideas back to our community,” said Kim Jass-Ramirez, Alliance Board Treasurer and M-PAC committee member.

Danielson has served as the Executive Director for the Alliance since September of 2016.

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