The Main Street Prototyping Festival, a free event, will feature 20 temporary prototypes (created by artists, architects, designers, students, makers, urban planners and others) that activate public space and engage the community toward enhancing connectivity and vibrancy in downtown Mesa. Prototypes include concepts for gathering places, virtual reality experiences, structures that offer space for interaction, performances, places to play and share in art making, and ways for passersby to offer feedback about their community. #mesaprototyping

 

View a map of the festival and placement of prototypes, here

 

Through the festival, the City of Mesa, Mesa Arts Center, Neighborhood Development Corp. (NEDCO), Local Initiatives Support Corporation Phoenix (LISC) and Downtown Mesa Association (DMA) are collaborating to engage creative minds and the community in testing ideas that respond to dreams, needs and desires of citizens and visitors.   

 

The Festival is supported by the City of Mesa, the Arizona Commission on the Arts, and a generous Our Town grant for $75,000 from the National Endowment for the Arts.  

 

Just as the Main Street Prototyping Festival asks how a community designs itself, the City of Mesa has created another avenue through which you can share your voice in shaping our city. Visit Imaginemesa.com to contribute ideas. City leadership is looking to YOU for new and innovative ways we can enhance Mesa. Please add your ideas to the site or share your approval of someone else’s great idea!

 

 

 

In addition to the 20 prototypes, artists Erin V. Sotak and Sophia McGovern will work with community partners, Grant Woods Boys & Girls Club and Mesa’s CARE Partnership, to engage residents in using art and art-making to explore and express their neighborhood and community goals. The artists will employ art making as a tool for building relationships with and among neighbors. They will lead group processes to explore participants’ challenges, needs, hopes and dreams for themselves and their neighborhood, such as issues or barriers to community well-being, enhancements they’d like to make to their environment or pedestrian environment, or ways to enhance feelings of belonging to community.

Click the arrows on each side to scroll through the festival prototypes.