An official Arizona Main Street© program authorized by the Arizona State Historic Preservation Office

What is Main Street?

Main Street has been a program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation for over 30 years. It is making a significant impact on the quality of life and economic vitality of over 2,000 cities, towns and communities. By bringing together preservation, business, local partners and involving the residents of Vail we will make Vail an even better place to call home.

The Vail Connects follows the Main Street© Four-Point Approach utilizing the structure recommended by the national organization.

Organization: fundraising; committee structure; membership recruitment; and consensus building and cooperation amongst the many businesses, individuals, institutions, and government offices with a stake in downtown

Design: enhancement of downtown’s physical assets and visual qualities

Promotion: marketing the downtown to the public, working to enhance its image, and hosting events and activities to bring people downtown

Business & Economics: strengthening and diversifying the local downtown’s economic base

Vail Connects Artist & Artisan Coop

Vail-Connects-Artist_-Artisan-Coop-first-meetingVail Connects, Vail’s Main Street Program and The Vail Preservation Society are organizing the Vail Connects Artist and Artisan Cooperative. The goal is to unite artists and artisans, promote the arts and place making within the greater Vail area. The Coop just launched in January 2016. Artists and Artisans with the passion to be part of laying the foundation and creating the structure that will provide support for Vail artists, artisans and grow strong community connections to the arts in Vail are welcome. The Coop meets monthly on the third Thursday of the month except for June, November and December. 

The Cooperative already includes individuals whose skills encompass; painting, woodworking, photography, pottery, needlework, papercutting, computer design, found-art and music. Members of the Co-op will have the opportunity to give something back to the Vail community by participating in workshops to share with and nurture others with similar interests, and to develop ways to support the sale and display of locally produced works. As the group develops, other areas will be explored. The Co-op will hold a juried Artist/Artisan Fair at this year’s ‘Tis the Season event on December 3, 2016.

If you live within the Vail School District boundaries, and are interested in becoming part of the Vail Connects Artist and Artisan Coop, contact Neal Lutyens at azrailfan1@yahoo.com or the Vail Preservation Society (VPS) at vailpreservationsociety@gmail.com. Look for the Vail Connects Coop page on the VPS website, www.vailpreservationsociety.org. Vail Preservation Society is proud to support the work of local artists and artisans.

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