Opportunity for Minnesota Communities of 25,000 people or less

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Rethos: Places Reimagined and Springboard for the Arts are seeking four new Minnesota communities of 25,000 people or less to participate in the Artists on Main Street program for two years (January 2020 – December 2021).

The purpose of Artists on Main Street is to support rural community development at the intersection of arts and culture, downtown revitalization and historic preservation. Community or government organizations who are actively working on downtown/Main Street revitalization and who are interested in building new relationships with their creative community to creatively address local goals and challenges are encouraged to apply. Application Deadline is Friday, October 25, 2019. Learn more:


Program Benefits:

  • Creative Community Development trainings and cohort exchanges for Downtown/Main Street leaders, their partners/stakeholders and other participating Artists on Main Street communities (3x per year).
  • $25,000 in funding for small artist-led projects, using Artists on Main Street’s creative placemaking training and selection process, that help communities accomplish their goals or address challenges related to downtown and main street ($15,000 in year 1, $10,000 in year 2)
  • Administrative support to cover staff costs, marketing, or other program management needs. ($5,000 per year)
  • Ongoing mentorship and technical support from Springboard and Rethos for strengthening and sustaining your community’s creative community development infrastructure.


Learn more:

Artists on Main Street 2020 application is now available and open to all Minnesota communities with a population of 25,000 or under. Deadline to apply is Friday, October 25, 2019!



Sarina Otaibi

Rethos | Rural Programs Manager

Minnesota Main Street State Coordinator
(w) 651.293.9047 | (c) 320.262.9514

Pronouns: she/her/hers

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