Faribault Main Street is excited to be one of just 3 communities selected to receive the Artists on Main Street grant! Through this program, Faribault Main Street is able to support the work of thirteen local artists on creative placemaking projects in the downtown. Projects will be popping up throughout the summer and early fall, and some are already available to view!
Projects you can see now include:
Dee Teller and Patricia Gustafson hosted an Asian Brushwork Garden Party. Held in Central Park on a sunny day, youth were able to take an Asian brushwork class. Dee and Pat taught Asian brushwork techniques and talked about the history of Asian brushwork. The artwork created during the class is currently on display at the Paradise Center for the Arts until the end of August.
Christina Wagner created the Brewery Blooms Tap Garden. Located in a green space near F-town Brewing Co. and 10,000 Craft Distillery, this project is a brewery inspired garden. It featuresa wooden tap handle at the top. Below that are yellow flowers, representing beer, spilling into white flowers, representing foam. This will pays honor to Faribault’s brewing history with the Fleckenstein Brewery and today’s craft beverages. Stop by today to see this project.
Cindy Diessner created Faces of Faribault. This is a series of posters highlighting 90 downtown businesses and a corresponding virtue. The purpose of this project is to help people learn about the virtues. This will strengthen relationships by helping residents and visitors learn about the people who work and live downtown and the virtues. Posters are currently up throughout downtown for viewing.
Judy Saye-Willis created Coming Together. This project features bright, colorful, attention grabbing silk panels storefront windows with the intention of drawing attention to the creative possibilities in downtown Faribault. Coming Together is an installation that promotes a contagious energy. The instillation will reinforce visual culture, excitement, and creative energy for the potential of Faribault Main Street and the Community. The first part of the instillation is currently up at 329 Central Ave N, formerly Kay’s Floral.
Wanda Holmgren created Faribault Virtues Trail. This project involved installing 10 stainless steel polished mirrors that will each have lettering engraved on them, stating various words to describe virtues such as “I am determined” and “I am trustworthy.” The phrases will be done in English, Somali, and Spanish. The park will be located along the trail between Heritage Place and the Straight River. An open house and celebration will take place on August 22 from 6-7:30pm.
And eight more projects are coming! Keep an eye out for them in the coming months! Click here for a complete list of projects. This activity is part of Artists on Main Street which is a partnership between Faribault Main Street, the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota, and Springboard for the Arts with support from the Bush Foundation.
If you’re looking for things to do in Southern Minnesota, take a road trip to explore all of the great Minnesota Artists and projects currently on display in beautiful downtown Faribault! See more of downtown Faribault’s offerings here. If you are looking for additional recommendations of things to do and see while in town, call the Faribault Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism at 507-334-4381.