Artists on Main Street

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Artists on Main Street Communities in the News
Artists on Main Street Partners

The Preservation Alliance of Minnesota (PAM) in partnership with Springboard for the Arts and with support from the Bush Foundation, is excited to launch Artists on Main Street this spring. As members of the Minnesota Main Street Program; Faribault, Mankato, and Winona join PAM in this pilot initiative to explore how the arts help address the challenges affecting Main Street communities today.

“The Bush Foundation is very excited to be able to support Artist on Main Street through PAM’s Main Street Program. We see this as a great opportunity to support artists as leaders in their communities and to show how art and culture can be an important part of efforts led by local Main Street programs, Cities, Economic Development Authorities, and Chambers of Commerce throughout the region.” – Erik Takeshita, Portfolio Director for Community Creativity at the Foundation.

Impact of Artists on Main Street

  • Each community receives support on planning and implementing creative placemaking projects through training, one-on-one technical assistance, and cohort support to integrate arts-based problem solving.
  • Training and resources will be provided to artists who live, work and have a personal investment in the community to make positive physical, economic and social impacts.
  • Local Main Street programs will build new relationships with their existing creative community and explore opportunities to creatively address issues in their downtown.
  • Development and installation of new artwork or creative experiences that add value and vitality to downtown.
  • Artists on Main Street communities receive $15,000 in project funding for artist-led solutions to a local challenge identified by the community.
  • Local Main Street programs and their partners are receiving up to $5,000 for costs associated with the management and implementation of artist-led projects.

“Artists are the perfect leaders to help communities bridge their past with their future. We’re thrilled to expand on our rural creative community development programs through this exciting new partnership, and look forward to working closely with each community and their local artists over the next year.” – Michele Anderson, Rural Program Director at Springboard for the Arts.

Artists on Main Street Press Release

Questions about Artists on Main Street? Contact Sarina Otaibi, Minnesota Main Street Coordinator, at

Artists on Main Street Communities in the News

Mankato, MN

2/27/2018: Mankato snags $15K grant for Old Town art. “The hope is to use artists to help identify or solve some challenges that you might have in your downtown,” said Megan Flanagan, director of City Center Partnership. As a Minnesota Main Street Community, Mankato is already recognized for its efforts to revitalize and preserve its historic places. Local officials identified Mankato’s Old Town district as a potential spot to improve. The neighborhood isn’t part of Greater Mankato’s sculpture walk, and the city has identified pedestrian concerns and a lack of public gathering spaces.

3/1/2018: Mankato City Center Receives Art Grant. Megan Flanagan with the City Center Partnership joined KEYC News 12 to talk about Mankato being selected as an Artist on Main Street community and what it means for the city center.

4/17/2018: Growing downtown: City Center continues its rebirth. “Artists on Main Street is another way we’re looking at how we deal with challenges by using art,” Flanagan said. “My initial proposal was to do work in the alleyways in Old Town to attract more people. A lot of those businesses have really upgraded their back entrances but the alleys are lacking.”

Faribault, MN
4/9/2018: Faribault selected as artists on Main Street community. The City of Faribault has been selected as one of three Designated Minnesota Main Street Communities to join Preservation Alliance of Minnesota in a pilot initiative to explore how the arts help address the challenges affecting Main Street communities today.

Winona, MN

3/9/2018: Winona selected as Artists on Main Street Community. Winona Main Street is thrilled to be working with a number of downtown businesses and nonprofit groups and the city of Winona to focus efforts on an increase of activity and vibrancy in the Third Street district of downtown.

Artists on Main Street Partners