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The Mesa Prototyping Project (MPP) asks, “How does a community design itself?” In spring of 2020, we’ll continue the Mesa Prototyping Project with community-engaged design in neighborhoods south and southeast of downtown Mesa.


The Mesa Prototyping Project event on March 21, 2020 will feature 10 temporary installations resulting from neighborhoods identifying their needs and applicants experimenting with creative ways to address them, with the resulting prototypes installed for a one-day community event. MPP empowers all residents to think about ways to improve the beauty and functionality of their environments. It builds community relationships by connecting neighbors and neighborhoods to each other and to cultural resources, and by offering creative ways for ideas and community opportunities to be explored, expressed and celebrated.


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


Use #mesaprototyping when taking and posting photos and videos of you interacting with our prototypes and workshops!


Learn more about the initial project, the 2017 Main Street Prototyping Festival, in the final evaluation report.



Art installations are coming soon! Join us for art, snacks and music at two community events.


NOV 12 | 6-8PM

Mesa Urban Garden
212 E 1st Ave, Mesa, AZ 85210

NOV 21 | 6-8PM
Catholic Charities at Care
466 S Bellview, Mesa, AZ 85204

The Mesa Prototyping Project looks at where creative intervention might be used to enhance aesthetics, safety, walkability, or gathering spaces, or to address other needs/opportunities identified by the residents. This community engagement session will be held for the prototype makers to further connect and gather feedback from area residents.

Interested in connecting with new audiences, engaging your employees and promoting your brand at Mesa Arts Center? Learn more about sponsorship and business engagement opportunities here.