Imagine Main Street unveiled phase one of the Main Street ART Benches project during the May 1st 2014 Imagine Main Street happening. Sponsors were paired with local artist to produce one-of-a-kind benches that are exhibited along Main Street. The wonderful bench art continues to be added and updated as funds and needs are revealed.
Imagine Main Street hosted the Runners ART Parade 2014, a public art project of fiberglass runner sculptures hand painted by jury selected artists exhibited on Main Street to meet, greet and entertain all those who visited the historic district of Downtown Manchester. The Runners ART Parade took place during the June 2014 Imagine Main Street event. While most of the runners are no longer visible along Main Street, they can be found in various businesses around town and in Town Hall for the enjoyment of all.
Imagine Main Street began its very exciting arts and cultural events in June of 2012. An ever-growing number of artists, artisans and musicians have participated in the Imagine Main Street happenings drawing thousands of visitors to the Downtown area. The collaborative spirit and vision of these events has increased the vitality of the downtown and the cultural vibrancy of the area. These events have often been street wide festivals including art vendors, horse drawn carriages, music, zumba demonstrations, dance performances, street performers, ceramic demonstrations and sales, garden displays, poetry readings and magician performances, a pub crawl, wine tasting, and restaurant specials.
The collaborative efforts of the events have inspired many new projects and programs including Young@Art CT (a youth-oriented arts program specializing in mural art) who now produce “Art in the Park’ on the first Sunday of June in Center Memorial Park, and the Silk City Fest, an edgy maker and music series held in the Forest Street parking lot, has now morphed into a new organization called Art Fud, with emphasis on art and feeding the community. Art Fud held its first event in the newly-renovated Purnell Place parking lot in September of 2017.
Imagine Main Street has facilitated the painting of all the street planters and garbage receptacles and benches along Main Street a historic green color. This added color palette to the landscape of Main Street has given a fresh look of vitality and renewed possibility.
Imagine Main Street has organized and implemented a successful Holiday Wreath project for all the Main Street business for Holiday 2012.
Imagine Main Street received a grant from the Manchester Road Race committee to help support the Downtown Special Services District with the Holiday Decorating Project for 2013 and from Fuss & O’Neill for the 2016 marketing materials.
Imagine Main Street has received support from a number of organizations including the SBM Charitable Foundation, the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, Fuss & O’Neill, the Town of Manchester, Panera Bread, Primary Residential Mortgage, Key Bank, 41 Closets, Marty Shea, and volunteer support from the Rotary Club of Manchester.
Imagine Main Street has envisioned and implemented a pop up store program for Downtown Manchester.
Imagine Main Street has assisted DDSD with the Business Recruitment Initiative for Downtown Manchester.
Imagine Main Street is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and encourages donations from individuals, businesses and foundations to keep the energy, artistry and excitement going!