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

The Welcome to Vail public art installation on Colossal Cave Road is a participatory public art project of Vail Preservation Society and partners. Its final design, by Vail artist Royce Davenport, was the result of broad public engagement and input. Proud local artists from five schools ages nine to 17, and community members as old as 80 participated in creating the murals.

Vail Connects Art and Artist Cooperative Working Group

Art and creative placemaking projects create spaces and places where people want to be. The Vail Preservation Society welcomes artists and artisans of all ages to play an active role in making art a vital part of the greater Vail community. Through our Vail Connects Arizona Main Street program, our goal is to connect artists and artisans to each other, promote the arts and engage residents of all ages in the process of placemaking.

Together we can work towards creating vibrant, beautiful public spaces for our community. Do you have ideas about how your art, whether it is: painting, pencil drawings, woodworking, photography, pottery, needlework,quilting, papercutting, computer design, found-art, music or other creative endeavor can be woven into the fabric of our community? Participants of the Cooperative working group will have the opportunity to give something back to the Vail community through their art, by participating in workshops to share with and nurture others with similar interests, and to develop waysto support the sale and display of locally produced works.

If you live within the Vail School District boundaries, and are interested in being a part of the Vail Connects Artist and Artisan Cooperative working group, contact the Vail Preservation Society (VPS) atvailpreservationsociety@gmail.com.

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