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INFUSE: Artists on Main Street Project to Activate Old Town Alleyways

INFUSE Project Proposal Information

View the Old Town Master Plan (pages 7, 9, 14-17 & 19 should be helpful)

View the Arts & Culture Plan Draft

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 City Center Partnership’s local partners in this initiative are Twin Rivers Council for the Arts, the City of Mankato and the Old Town Collaborative Association.

“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 on Local Main Street Program and Community

  • 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.