Fairfield Cultural Alliance, Fairfield, Iowa

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The Cultural District of Fairfield, Iowa

What is a Cultural District?

Look at the Iowa Arts Council webpage.

Located in Southeast Iowa, Fairfield is the county seat in the geographical center of Jefferson County.

With 10,000 residents, Fairfield has a unique blend of manufacturing and service business diversity that spans over a century of solid growth, and is a major entrepreneurial base for many small businesses and manufacturers.  The new Convention Center opened in December 2007.

It is also the home of Maharishi University of Management.

Art and Culture in Fairfield

Fairfield's Art Walk Board sponsors Fairfield's 1st Fridays Art Walk on the first Friday of every month.  It was named the Iowa Tourism Event of the Year in October of 2005 by the Iowa Tourism Office and the Travel Federation of America.  See the 1st Fridays Art Walk website.

The Art Walk was begun by The ArtLife Society as a non-profit organization that supports innovative ideas that encourage living life as a work of art.  The ArtLife society provides creative opportunities for community, both supporting existing programs and launching new ones, while Fairfield's Art Walk Board now manages the 1st Fridays Art Walk.

Many other events take place on the Town Square - municipal band concerts, Live on The Square Summer Concert Series, Kiwanis Kid's Day & Parade, the Italian Fest, the Annual Vintage Power Wagon Rally, Classic Car Shows, and much more.

The Fairfield Cultural District Assets

Hundreds of working artists and many art galleries in Fairfield contribute to cultural and economic development. An example of regional and state recognition for Fairfield's robust art scene is the 1st Friday's Art Walk, which draws approximately 2000 participants each month and growing.

Want to know more about the creativity and innovation that pervades Fairfield?

See Beth Dalbey's "Unapologetic Fairfield" article in the Aug/Sept/Oct 06 issue of the Des Moines Social Magazine, and an article from the March/April 2006 issue of Iowan Magazine.

(Both articles require Adobe Reader). Download Adobe Reader

KRUU-LP 100.1 FM, a non-commercial, non-profit, community-supported low-power radio station, was the first completed project in the cultural district.   With over 40,000 volunteer hours in this citizens' initiative, which received plaudits from the Governor's Great Places' Commission, and over 100 hosts producing 80 shows a week (98% local programming), KRUU has become a vital part of Fairfield's cultural landscape.  Its mission is giving voice to Fairfield.  KRUU offers Fairfield's extended family the opportunity to tune in directly in real time from far and wide via internet streaming at KRUU radio website at www.kruufm.com.

Nearly 20 dance studios provide lessons and performances in ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop, katak, belly dancing, ballroom, Latin, Duncan, swing, lyrical, contra, and many more. We are in constant motion.

A variety of restaurants offer fare for everyone's palette from organic, to ethnic international, to home style.  Wood fire cooked pizzas, Indian curries, French pastries, carrot juice, Italian sodas, and cafĂ© lattes conspire to keep us in the Cultural District.

For more than six months each year we are provided with a twice-weekly Farmers' Market rich with live music, face painting, games, pony rides, cooked food, flowers, herbs, plants, and an abundance of produce.

     This billboard was on Highway 1, at the north entrance to Fairfield.
Billboard in Fairfield, Iowa

     The sign below replaced the billboard in 2008.
New sign at the north entrance to Fairfield, Iowa

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Updated 08-15-16.