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Culture, Arts And Pick It Up Fort Dodge Transform Historic Downtown District

Join us on Saturday, June 19 at the gazebo located in the city square, from 10 am to 12 pm for Pick It Up Fort Dodge, and view the Student Art Exhibition at the Fort Dodge Fine Arts Building, 921 Central Ave, from 10 am to 4 pm.

FORT DODGE, IOWA (PRWEB) JUNE 12, 2021 Main Street Fort Dodge, Fort Dodge Fine Arts, Iowa Arts Council, and Fort Dodge Community School District students are proud to present Pick It Up Fort Dodge. Saturday, June 19, from 10 am to 12 pm at the gazebo located in the city square. Also taking place on Saturday is the Student Art Exhibition, from 10 am to 4 pm at the Fort Dodge Fine Arts Building, 921 Central Avenue.

Industrial technology students from Fort Dodge Senior High School constructed 26 trash receptacles, 23 of which are located downtown and 3 of which will serve as replacements. Showcased in the panels of each trash receptacle are pieces of artwork that kindergarten through fifth-grade student ts submitted into a coloring contest that displays the motto, "Pick It Up, Fort Dodge."

During Saturday's event, the student's artwork will be installed into the trash receptacles, and the student coloring contest winners will be recognized for their efforts. In addition, attend to register in a drawing to win a basket worth $200 from downtown retail stores and use QR codes/maps to participate in self-guided tours through the historic downtown. The youth attending the event will receive a coupon for an ice cream cone from the Dariette at the end of the trail.

The Pick It Up Fort Dodge campaign was made possible when The City of Fort Dodge received a $10,000 Arts Build Communities grant from the Iowa Arts Council in December 2018. The grant money has been used for projects by Main Street Fort Dodge in the historic downtown district.

"We're looking for unique and sustainable ways to manage refuse in the downtown - and feel we can do this by addressing the goal not only to clean up the downtown but to enhance the areas where garbage is present through art," said Kris Patrick, Executive Director of Main Street Fort Dodge.

If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Main Street at 515-573-3172 or email

Main Street Fort Dodge is located at 24 North 9th Street, Suite D, Fort Dodge, Iowa. Additional information is available at, by calling 515-573-3172 and email at Follow along at Facebook and LinkedIn.

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