(Ottumwa)— If several organizations in Ottumwa keep their fingers crossed, they hope the two former movies theaters will come alive again.
During a news conference this morning at the site of the two theaters the group River’s Edge Arts and Culture center announced they have invited Artspace, America’s leading nonprofit developer for the arts based in Minneapolis, Minnesota to Ottumwa to do a feasibility visit.
Pam Kaupins a member of the Ottumwa Legacy Board told reporters a team from Artspace will be in Ottumwa on November 14th and 15th for a city wide exploration of the arts including tours, focus groups and meetings that will focus on assessing the feasibility of developing an artist community in Ottumwa. Their meetings will also focus on the re-use of the former Capri and Capital theaters.
Following the meetings, on Thursday November 14th at 7:00 p.m. a town hall meeting will be held at Bridge View center to learn about Artspace and the community’s impact on the arts and to discuss and provide thoughts on use of the two former movie theaters. The meeting will also feature a number of artists from the community performing before 7:00 p.m.
The Ottumwa Regional Legacy Foundation purchased the theaters for a number of reasons with one being to symbolize the revitalization of downtown Ottumwa.