New name, same concept

Marshalltown Art Festival slated for July 21

T-R FILE PHOTO The Marshalltown Art Festival, formerly known for many years as the Linn Creek Arts Festival, will be moved from the grounds of the Fisher Community Center to downtown Marshalltown on July 21. “The festival name was changed to brand the community of Marshalltown alongside one of its most popular events,” Alliance Director Amber Danielson said.

It’s one of the most popular annual, family-friendly art events in Marshalltown.

The Marshalltown Art Festival, formerly known for many years as the Linn Creek Arts Festival, will be moved from the grounds of the Fisher Community Center to downtown Marshalltown this year.

“The festival has been rebranded,” said Amber Danielson, executive director of the Marshall County Arts and Culture Alliance, which puts on this event with the help of other sponsors. “The festival name was changed to brand the community of Marshalltown alongside one of its most popular events. To continue the movement of labeling Marshalltown as THE place to live, work and play, the festival planning committee, as well as the Alliance, wanted to be sure attendees who are traveling to the community for the festival, leave remembering where they were with a reason to come back.”

The summer festival will take place Saturday, July 21 and will still offer attendees a variety of artistic wares for sale, plus other entertainment options. Ceramics, glass, jewelry, fiber, leather, metal, wood, mixed media, photography, paint, ink and more are some of the mediums that have been offered in the past.

“More festival details will be available and added to the Marshalltown Art Festival website as we get closer to the festival date,” she added.

Applications for artists to be considered for inclusion are available at the new website: www.marshalltownartfestival.org. Applications are due March 10 and the artists that will be selected will be notified later in the month. It is a juried show, and space is limited.

“We think the new website is fresh and really speaks to what we want the festival to be and are planning upon,” said Kendra Sorensen, festival planning co-chairwoman. “We have a great team in place for the festival this year and having the new look and venue helps gain momentum for the 2018 festival.”

Updates will be posted on its Facebook and Instagram accounts under Marshalltown Art Festival, as well as on Twitter as MtownArtFest. For more information, contact the Alliance at: 641-752-2787, and info@marshalltownartfestival.com

The Marshall County Arts & Culture Alliance, founded in 2004, is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization based in Marshalltown.

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