Ames Main Street receives Iowa Cultural & Entertainment District designation

Ames Main Street is pleased to announce that it has been designated an Iowa Cultural & Entertainment Districts by the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs. The designation recognizes Ames Main Street as a location where arts and cultural activities thrive.

The Iowa Cultural & Entertainment Districts program seeks to recognize well-identified, walkable, mixed-use, compact areas of a city or county in which a high concentration of cultural facilities serves as the anchor. This designation enables Ames Main Street to become eligible for marketing opportunities, promotional programming and technical assistance from the Department of Cultural Affairs and program staff.

“On behalf of Downtown Ames, I am very excited to have received this designation,” says John Hall, Executive Director of Ames Main Street. “With this designation we can further build Downtown Ames as an entertainment destination for the community filled with culture and art for all to enjoy. I can’t wait to continue building our district up.”

The Iowa Cultural & Entertainment Districts program was established in 2003 and to date has recognized 35 Iowa Cultural & Entertainment Districts. More information on the Iowa Cultural & Entertainment Districts program is available by visiting



John Hall, Executive Director | | (515) 233-3472

About the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs

The Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs and its three divisions – the Iowa Arts Council, Produce Iowa – State Office of Media Production and the State Historical Society of Iowa – empower Iowa to build and sustain culturally vibrant communities by connecting Iowans to the people, places and points of pride that define our state. The department’s work enables Iowa to be recognized as a state that fosters creativity and serves as a catalyst for innovation where the stories of Iowa are preserved and communicated to connect past, present and future generations.

About Ames Main Street

Ames Main Street was established on January 1, 2009. Its mission is to advance and promote downtown as the destination district in the heart of our community. To keep updated on AMS happenings, become a fan of Ames Main Street on Facebook, bookmark, or contact our office at 515-233-3472. AMS is an affiliate organization of the Ames Chamber of Commerce.