PACE Receives Gift From Narmi Family for Hoff Family Arts and Culture Center

Pottawattamie Arts, Culture and Entertainment (PACE;, the nonprofit developing a nearly $27 million, 95,000-square-foot arts and culture center in downtown Council Bluffs, recently received another significant gift, this time from Jon and Candy Narmi, bringing the Hoff Family Arts and Culture Center closer to reality.

“Education is the gift of a lifetime, and you should never stop learning regardless of age, income, or background,” said Candy Narmi. “Jon and I see our donation as an investment in arts education and in the future of our community.”

“We’re also pleased to see that PACE is creating a $4 million endowment for the project, which is a testament to the organization’s overall plan to reinvigorate a historic neighborhood and their ability to sustain the arts and culture center into perpetuity. The Hoff Center will become the heart of the arts for Council Bluffs,” said Jon Narmi.

The Narmi family did not want to disclose their gift amount at this time.

An Iowa West Foundation initiative, PACE seeks to bring a first class, nonprofit arts and culture center to Pottawattamie County. Construction on the Hoff Family Arts and Culture Center started last month. The facility will open in late 2019. The 95,000-square-foot center will include a 280-seat theater, rehearsal space, exhibit space, classrooms, and more.

To make a donation to PACE and the Hoff Family Arts and Culture Center, individuals can visit