Ottumwa, Iowa    

Lots of activity in downtown Ottumwa this week; arts of all types being supported! Prominent local artists and a group from the University of Iowa will present/perform.

According to surveys of young professionals in Iowa in the last few years, the most important determinant of their staying in Iowa after college graduation is the quality and pay of the first job they find. But second most important is the quality of the cultural life of the place where they will work.
Among the ways Main Street Ottumwa is addressing this are two events this week:

· Margaritas for Main . This fundraising event, held on Thursday, September 18, from 6-9pm at the Market on Main, features the Pandelirium Steel Drum Band, a performing group made of current and former University of Iowa students. They have performed at the Iowa City Jazz Festival, and dozens of venues throughout the state. Their performance is the opening of the Margaritas for Main event, a fundraiser for Main Street Ottumwa.                                                                                             · Walk on Art Street . This annual event will be held on 3nd Street, adjacent to & in Central Park downtown, from 10am-4pm on Saturday, September 20. Over two dozen artists, providing art ranging from pottery to sculpture, painting to photography -and more! - will be part of this festival. Kids activities and entertainment from a chamber group of the Ottumwa Symphony to Irish music will occur in the park. Local prominent artists Steve Huffman and Richard Dutton will have booths in this event, as well.