Mission Statement & Goals

Our Mission

American Gothic House

American Gothic House in Eldon, Iowa.

The Festival mission is to present to Wapello County and the surrounding region and annual educationally-based festival celebrating the performing arts, specifically musical theater, in an open and friendly atmosphere.

Contributing to the Festival’s ongoing success is its location in Wapello County, Iowa. World-renowned as the setting for Grant Wood’s painting American Gothic, Wapello County provides an incomparable setting for audience members and guest artists alike with its natural beauty, impressive array of preserved historical architecture and a fine collection of performance venues.

Our Goals

  • Celebrate the performing arts within the social development of Ottumwa and Wapello County.
  • Promote the performing arts within the economic development of Ottumwa and Wapello County.
  • Value the wisdom of our elders and support the aspirations of our youth through the performing arts.
  • Advocate for the appropriate use, maintenance and creation of venues for the performing arts in Ottumwa and Wapello County.