Artists on Main Street

The Preservation Alliance of Minnesota (PAM) in partnership with Springboard for the Arts and with support from the Bush Foundation launched a new program in 2018, Artists on Main Street, to explore how the arts help address the challenges affecting Main Street communities today. The pilot year’s success in Faribault, Mankato, and Winona has resulted in continued investment in the program by the Bush Foundation to include eleven communities over a three-year period. Four communities were selected to join the program in 2019, and they are Northfield, Olivia, Wabasha, and WillmarFor more information, please read the press release.

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.


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

Artists on Main Street: Spotlight Stories


In the News

Artists on Main Street featured in Minnesota Women’s Press!


Artists on Main Street Partners