VOTE HERE (in English)

 Share your feedback on the featured prototypes!


VOTE AQUI (en Español)



The Main Street Prototyping Festival, a free event, features 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


Click to view a map of the festival and placement of prototypes


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.  

Join our team of volunteers 

Be part of designing something truly remarkable - volunteer at The Main Street Prototyping Festival. Volunteers play a significant role in the success and overall enjoyment of the festival and downtown community. This is a unique opportunity to meet new people, engage with the community and experience MSPF from a different perspective. We need the valuable, and incredibly appreciated, help of our volunteers to make this festival the best it can be!   


Interested? Check out the volunteer positionsClick here to fill out the volunteer application. Not sure? Contact Brittany Durphey if you have any questions about volunteering.      





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.