MABA: Past Projects

**Supported by grants and donations:

2018

Eight, new decorative light poles from 5th to 7th Streets and Main Street, a new Malvern entrance sign, and metal tree sculpture at Hwy 34 and 315th Street intersection. Grants from Costello Foundation and Iowa Arts Council; donations from Malvern Bank and MABA

2016: New sidewalks in the business district; renovated decorative Main Street light poles; new directional signage along Main Street and in city parks; development of a Pocket Park; public art including five large metal tree sculptures; one large outdoor mural on Mulholland Grocery building; and a metal sculptured background for Heritage Park performance stage. All public art was created by local artists. Grant from Iowa Arts Council Grant and Malvern Bank donation for downtown beautification

2015: Multi-year grants for multi-phase renovation and restoration of the Liberty Memorial Building interior

2013-2015: Developed a new recreational park with basketball court and playground equipment next to the swimming pool. Costello Foundation grants, in coordination with Park Board

2013: Received a grant and donations for decorative planters for Main Street

2012: Acquired two derelict buildings for a major, multi-year downtown CDBG Downtown Revitalization grant along with other supporting grants, in coordination with the City of Malvern

**Additionally, MABA sponsors an annual high school student scholarship; 4-H trophies for Mills County Fair; Veteran’s Day Dinner in coordination with the local Legion Auxiliary, Memorial Day dinner; annual Back-to-School Teachers and Staff luncheon in coordination with Friends of the Library.

MABA’s Annual fundraising events include Valentine’s Day Dinner, Independence Day Celebration, Wabash Marathon, Lantern Launch and Tree Lighting, Festival of Trees.