Winona selected as Artists on Main Street Community


Preservation Alliance of Minnesota Launches Artists on Main Street

The Preservation Alliance of Minnesota (PAM) in partnership with Springboard for the Arts and with support from the Bush Foundation is excited to launch Artists on Main Street this spring. Winona was selected as one of three designated Minnesota Main Street communities to join PAM in this pilot initiative to explore how the arts help address the challenges affecting Main Street communities today. Winona Main Street is thrilled to be working with a number of downtown businesses and nonprofit groups and the city of Winona to focus efforts on an increase of activity and vibrancy in the Third Street district of downtown.

“The Bush Foundation is very excited to be able to support Artists on Main Street through PAM’s Main Street Program. We see this as a great opportunity to support artists as leaders in their communities and to show how art and culture can be an important part of efforts led by local Main Street programs, cities, economic development authorities, and chambers of commerce throughout the region,” said Erik Takeshita, portfolio director for community creativity at the foundation.

Modeling rural community development at the intersection of arts, culture, downtown revitalization and historic preservation, “PAM is excited to explore new ways of approaching the challenges that communities face when revitalizing their downtowns,” said Sarina Otaibi, Minnesota Main Street coordinator. “Artists on Main Street will create bright spots of arts-based community development and downtown revitalization in Greater Minnesota.”

Each community receives support on planning and implementing creative placemaking projects through training, one-on-one technical assistance, and cohort support to integrate arts-based problem solving. Artists on Main Street communities receive $15,000 in project funding for artist-led solutions to a local challenge identified by the community. Training and resources will be provided in partnership with Springboard for the Arts to artists who live, work and have a personal investment in the community to make positive physical, economic and social impacts. Local Main Street programs and their partners are receiving up to $5,000 for costs associated with the management and implementation of artist-led projects.

“Artists are the perfect leaders to help communities bridge their past with their future,” said Michele Anderson, rural program director at Springboard for the Arts. “We’re thrilled to expand on our rural creative community development programs through this exciting new partnership, and look forward to working closely with each community and their local artists over the next year.”

Winona Main Street Program

The Winona Main Street Program is a partnership between the Winona Chamber of Commerce and the city of Winona, and is a nationally-accredited Main Street Program focused on the revitalization of downtown Winona. Since its inception in 2013, the Winona Main Street Program has supported business growth, development, events, and residential life in downtown. Learn more at

Preservation Alliance of Minnesota (PAM)

Preservation Alliance of Minnesota is the only statewide, private nonprofit organization advocating for the preservation of Minnesota’s historic resources. PAM was established in 1981 by citizens concerned about the loss of irreplaceable segments of our state’s heritage, structures, neighborhoods, and community fabric. Its mission is to lead and inspire people to connect with historic places, promoting community vitality. Minnesota Main Street, a program of PAM, helps cities maximize both their people and built assets for economic vitality. Minnesota Main Street is a Main Street America™ coordinating program and provides local Main Street communities with the training, tools, information and networking they need to reinvigorate their downtown districts. Minnesota Main Street communities have broad community support, paid staff, and meet nationally defined standards. Learn more at

Springboard for the Arts

Springboard for the Arts is an economic and community development organization for artists and by artists. Its work is about building stronger communities, neighborhoods, and economies, and organizers believe that artists are an important leverage point in that work. Springboard for the Arts’ mission is to cultivate vibrant communities by connecting artists with the skills, information, and services they need to make a living and a life. Its work is about creating communities and artists that have a reciprocal relationship, where artists are key contributors to community issues and are visible and valued for the impact they create. The organization does this work by creating simple, practical solutions and systems to support artists. Those programs support its goal to help create a local culture movement. Springboard for the Arts’ offices are based in Fergus Falls, and Lowertown Saint Paul, Minn. Learn more at

Bush Foundation

The Bush Foundation invests in great ideas and the people who power them. It encourages individuals and organizations to think bigger and think differently about what is possible in communities across Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and the 23 Native nations that share the same geographic area. The foundation was established in 1953 by 3M executive Archibald Bush and his wife, Edyth. Inspired by the Bush’s desire to build their community and encourage innovation, the foundation has invested nearly $1 billion in grants to thousands of organizations and individuals. Learn more at


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