Czech Village-New Bohemia Main Street District will be hosting a series of events on April 19 & 20th to
generate ideas and excitement for local projects that combine arts, culture, and creativity in Cedar
Rapids. The events will be led by the Better Block Foundation and supported by Main Street Iowa and
the National Endowment for the Arts. The Czech Village-New Bohemia Main Street District was one of
five Iowa communities selected through a competitive process to participate in this onsite technical
The Better Block Foundation, an innovative urban design nonprofit based in Dallas, has worked with
communities throughout the US from Aberdeen, SD to Charlotte, NC and internationally from Sydney,
Australia to Copenhagen, Denmark. Better Block recently led an interactive training in Ottumwa, Iowa,
with Main Street leaders from across the state demonstrating the partnership and implementation of
creative placemaking initiatives.
The visit will kick off on Thursday evening at 6pm at CSPS Hall (1103 3 rd St SE) with a public presentation
by Jason Roberts, Founder of the Better Block Foundation and recently named one of the 100 “Most
Influential Urbanists.” Jason’s presentation will educate and inspire attendees through examples of
revitalization projects utilizing short-term, high-impact approaches. Following the presentation, Better
Block will lead a mini-build project to demonstrate the transformative effects of creative placemaking
elements shared in the presentation and plant the seed for larger scale project ideas.
On Friday morning from 8-11am at NewBo City Market (1100 3 rd St SE), the Better Block team will
facilitate a series of targeted discussions to generate locally-driven ideas to engage people in downtown
revitalization efforts in new and exciting ways. As a follow up to the visit, Better Block will also provide a
report summarizing longer term ideas to support Czech Village New Bohemia’s creative placemaking and
downtown revitalization efforts. Participation in the presentation and visioning session are free.
Registration is appreciated as seating is limited.
Better Block Presentation & Mini-Build Register Here
Better Block Community Visioning Session Register Here
For more information, contact Jennifer Pruden, Executive Director 319-432- 9785 or