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Imagine Main Street’s mission is to revitalize the downtown historic district of Manchester, Connecticut through the economic and cultural impetus of the arts.

We envision creating a well known arts “Mecca” including performance, galleries, pop-up stores, public art and sculpture and beautification projects. Imagine Main Street strives to incorporate the rich cultural and historic heritage of Manchester with a new and creative arts culture. Imagine Main Street will work in collaboration with representatives for the Town of Manchester, Manchester Community College, the Downtown Special Services District, local business owners, non-profit organizations, artists and concerned citizens to create a culturally diverse and creative arts community catalyzing tremendous economic development and business growth for downtown historic Manchester.



“The Imagine Main Street events have totally rejuvenated our downtown, having the arts and live music on Mainstreet has created an energy in town that was missing. The seed has been planted and its growing.”

Leo V. Diana,
     Mayor of the town of Manchester 2011-2014

Imagine Main Street has brought vitality to the Downtown district, and as a business owner, this means so much to me and to my business neighbors.

Katherine Kamerer,
     Imagine Mainstreet Volunteer

“We’re delighted to see the positive reaction of people of all ages and
cultures and the growth of businesses in our Downtown district through
Imagine Main Street’s efforts! Little Theatre of Manchester, and our home of Cheney Hall, benefit when our neighbors are engaged with all that the arts bring to our community!”

Joyce Hodgson,
     Little Theatre of Manchester

“Imagine Mainstreet has brought recognition and vibrant energy to downtown Manchester. Manchester is quickly becoming a destination for dining and the arts creating an environment for economic prosperity and a very livable community.”

Gena Glickman, PhD,
     Manchester Community College