ImaginArt in the Alleys

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ImaginArt in the Alleys will bring life, vitality and art to Uptown Marion alleyways, while creating a second entrance for businesses along 7th Avenue. The project will transform the alleys through a combination of infrastructure improvements and the installation of creative projects.  It is a collaborative effort between ArtPlace America, the City of Marion, and the Marion Chamber of Commerce.  The City received a $350,000 grant from ArtPlace America for ImaginArt in the Alleys. ArtPlace America's primary focus is on creative place-making, which the organization defines as the set of practices in which art and culture work intentionally to help transform a place.  The remainder of the project funds will come from the City of Marion and private donations.

The City of Marion contracted with Shive-Hattery for engineering services associated with the project.  The firm developed conceptual designs for the alleyways which can be accessed here.   

View PowerPoint slides that provide an overview of the project.

These themes have been suggested through the public input process. 


With the community visioning process now complete, the ImaginArt in the Alleys project is entering the private fundraising phase. The project has set a private fundraising goal of $130,000. Sponsorship opportunities for various aspects of the project are now available through October 31, 2015. Individuals and businesses are asked to consider contributions ranging from lead gifts to charter donations.

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In April/May 2015 the City of Marion sought qualified artists, designers, innovators, craftsmen, and teams to submit qualifications for its ImaginArt in the Alleys project. The submission deadline has now passed.Questions about the RFQ can be directed to Karen Hoyt at (319) 377-8829 or Amanda Kaufman at (319) 743-6303.


The project is pleased to be using a community engagement platform,, to allow residents to engage, communicate and collaborate with community decision makers and other residents on the future development of the project.  In addition to this online platform, a community visioning process took place during the fall of 2014. Community members provided input on the project in person and through online surveys.


Final Construction Plans can be accessed here.

View a 3-D scan of the alleyways (existing condition) can be accessed here

The City of Marion's Public Art Master Plan can be accessed here.

Marion Chamber of Commerce 

Uptown Marion: An Iowa Main Street District


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