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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 from the Town of Manchester, 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.

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“The Imagine Main Street events have totally rejuvenated our downtown, having the arts and live music on Main Street 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 Main Street 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! Businesses, individuals, other arts organizations benefit when we are engaged with all that the arts bring to our community!  The arts are an economic driver that need to be respected and celebrated.”

Joyce Hodgson,
     Imagine Main Street

“Imagine Main Street 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,
     Former President
     Manchester Community College