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Imagining – and Planning – More Arts in Downtown Manchester

A greater emphasis on arts and culture is seen as a key driver in efforts to revitalize downtown Manchester.

Enthusiastic, passionate, arts-oriented volunteers are hard at work making plans on how to enhance the arts and culture scene in downtown Manchester.

, a town-organized community brainstorming session resulted in the formation of a new committee with a vision of an arts mecca. The committee, called  ”Imagine Main Street,” is a collaboration of town staff, local businesses, artists, non-profit organizations and the Downtown Manchester Special Services District.

“Our goal is to leverage the great work already underway by the many arts and cultural organizations in Manchester," said “Imagine Main Street” Chairperson and Manchester Town Director Steve Gates. "In combination with the increased focus on the Downtown District, we feel the arts can be a major component of the economic growth plan for Manchester."

“Imagine Main Street” will begin with a series of downtown neighborhood events. The initial event is a cooperative effort with the Pride in Manchester Week committee. The “Imagine Main Street Strollin’ on Main” will be held during Pride Week on Thursday, June 7. The event will include many of the traditional Strollin’ on Main activities, which has been a part of Pride Week for many years. Strollin’ replicated the days of the 1950’s to 1970’s when the community strolled down Main Street on Thursday nights for business and fellowship.

“Pride in Manchester is thrilled to see this project get its public inauguration during our town’s special week . . .  what better way to show your pride than to gather great volunteers, build an exciting vision, and create more activity than ever,” offered Joyce Hodgson, Pride in Manchester Week Chairperson.

“Development of an arts and culture focus in the downtown was a recommendation of the recent Downtown Market Study. Manchester is fortunate to be blessed with an abundant creative community. The Downtown Manchester Special Services District looks forward to working with members of 'Imagine Main Street' to bring the talents, enthusiasm and creativity of the arts community to our historic Downtown”, said DMSSD manager Tana Parseliti. “This new energy will complement our existing business mix, build on the opening of and help create a renewed sense of place for our Downtown”.

For more information or to volunteer, contact the Imagine Main Street Committee at ImagineMainStreet@cox.net. Additional information is also available at the Town of Manchester website: townofmanchester.org/prideandheritage.

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christiane obrien April 03, 2012 at 07:02 PM
This is such an exciting time for Manchester - so looking forward to bringing more IMAGINATION ! Follow the latest news and updates on Facebook - ImagineMainStreetManchester
David Moran (Editor) April 03, 2012 at 07:15 PM
Here's the link to the Facebook page, in case anybody wants to join: http://www.facebook.com/ImagineMainStreetManchester
christiane obrien April 03, 2012 at 07:55 PM
Thanks so much!

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