MAIN STREET PROTOTYPING FESTIVAL

DREAM | DESIGN | DISCOVER

 

The Main Street Prototyping Festival is a project that will invite the community to dream and design ideas to build connections and make downtown Mesa more vibrant.

 

The City of Mesa has begun a series of thoughtful and connected activities that seek to transform Mesa's downtown and public spaces by involving residents in discovering and designing the heart of our city.  One new aspect of this creative placemaking initiative, led by Mesa Arts Center, is Mesa’s Main Street Prototyping Festival.

 

Prototyping: (noun) to create and test an experimental model of a new idea or object.

 

Prototyping public space is a way of involving a range of people (such as creatives, designers, builders and artists) to come up with possible solutions to community needs in a physical space.

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The Main Street Prototyping Festival is part of the larger Mesa D-Lab Project, which seeks to enhance downtown's vibrancy through community-led design and experimentation. The Prototyping project asks residents, artists, and urban planners to dream, design ideas and discover a more welcoming, diverse and connected downtown Mesa, through two primary project activities:

 

  • Main Street Prototyping Festival- Applicants will submit proposals to create temporary projects – from gathering places to pathways, from games to performances to interactive artwork – that activate public space and engage the community toward enhancing connectivity and vibrancy in Downtown Mesa. The temporary design installations (prototypes) will be shown in a two-day festival in November 17th & 18th 2017 and residents will be invited to vote for their favorites.
  • Artist residencies in two community service organizations near downtown to engage residents in using art and art-making to express and work towards goals of their community.

 

The Main Street Prototyping Festival is funded by an Our Town grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and led by collaborative team made up of representatives from the City of Mesa, Downtown Mesa Association (DMA), Neighborhood Economic Development Corporation (NEDCO), LISC Phoenix and Mesa Arts Center (MAC).

 

Out of the submissions received, 20-25 proposals will be accepted. The prototypes will turn Downtown Mesa into a creative playground, with opportunities for the community to provide feedback and vote on their favorite ideas. Installations will activate Main Street public spaces from Country Club Dr. to Sirrine, and between 1st Ave & 1st Street, in the heart of Mesa. The event will allow pedestrians to experience, explore, and interact with the prototype installations. It is hoped that the community’s favorite ideas can be moved forward for longer-term prototyping, and possible permanent installations of select projects, in the future.

 

Selected submissions will receive a stipend to support their project, which will be displayed for public interaction during the 2-day Festival, Friday - Saturday, November 17-18, 2017. The festival will also include outdoor performances and food.

 

Community Partners:

 

CARE Partnership

 

Boys & Girls Club

 

ENGAGING COMMUNITY

  • Actively engage the local community in planning and shaping the future of downtown.
  • Increase the number of people who have a sense of ownership in downtown.

 

BRIDGING DIVERSE RELATIONSHIPS

  • Build strong relationships within and between the South of Broadway communities and downtown.
  • Seek, communicate and welcome the involvement and participation of people from diverse backgrounds, ages and cultures.

 

PLACEMAKING

  • Further develop Downtown Mesa as an arts-centered, friendly and innovative place with an increasingly exciting urban center.
  • Create an interactive festival with exciting prototypes and extraordinary experiences that inspire community participation and feedback.

Who can apply?

We are seeking proposals from all types of disciplines, perspectives and areas of passion to submit prototype ideas to make Downtown Mesa’s public spaces more interactive and connected. This opportunity is not limited to artists, architects, or designers, but to all who are interested, and anyone with a great idea is encouraged to apply. Applicants can recruit team members with various skills needed to realize their concept, and can apply as an individual or a team.

 

The application deadline is January 23, 2017

 

Criteria

From concept to creation, each project must align with the criteria to be considered for selection. Proposals must create a sense of community, be engaging and feasible (both to be built or performed, and to provide and withstand interactivity and engagement over a two-day event).

 

  1. Sense of Community
  • Enhances the character of the surrounding communities and environment.
  • Project reflects that the applicant has considered and responded to community input. 
  • Demonstrates innovative ways people can interact, or could interact, with one another in Downtown Mesa.
  • Project activates downtown. 

 

  1. Engaging
  • Increases community's desire to spend time in downtown.
  • Encourages a visitor to come more frequently and to stay longer.
  • Draws and activates a diverse audience.
  • Alters people’s interaction with downtown and each other.

 

  1. Sustainable
  • Project can be maintained over the specified duration.
  • Project is able to withstand an urban environment and various weather conditions.
  • Concept is attractive and innovative.
  • Applicant provides evidence of capacity (individually or as a team) to implement proposed concept.

 

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