The Main Street Prototyping Festival, a free event, will feature 20 temporary prototypes (created by artists, architects, designers, students, makers, urban planners and others) that activate public space and engage the community toward enhancing connectivity and vibrancy in downtown Mesa. Prototypes include concepts for gathering places, virtual reality experiences, structures that offer space for interaction, performances, places to play and share in art making, and ways for passersby to offer feedback about their community. #mesaprototyping
Through the festival, the City of Mesa, Mesa Arts Center, Neighborhood Development Corp. (NEDCO), Local Initiatives Support Corporation Phoenix (LISC) and Downtown Mesa Association (DMA) are collaborating to engage creative minds and the community in testing ideas that respond to dreams, needs and desires of citizens and visitors.
Just as the Main Street Prototyping Festival asks how a community designs itself, the City of Mesa has created another avenue through which you can share your voice in shaping our city. Visit Imaginemesa.com to contribute ideas. City leadership is looking to YOU for new and innovative ways we can enhance Mesa. Please add your ideas to the site or share your approval of someone else’s great idea!
In addition to the 20 prototypes, artists Erin V. Sotak and Sophia McGovern will work with community partners, Grant Woods Boys & Girls Club and Mesa’s CARE Partnership, to engage residents in using art and art-making to explore and express their neighborhood and community goals. The artists will employ art making as a tool for building relationships with and among neighbors. They will lead group processes to explore participants’ challenges, needs, hopes and dreams for themselves and their neighborhood, such as issues or barriers to community well-being, enhancements they’d like to make to their environment or pedestrian environment, or ways to enhance feelings of belonging to community.
A collaborative approach that reflects on children + culture + play and the role of the city.
A percussion playground inviting the community to interact through the language of music.
A large Rube Goldberg-style mechanical adding machine powered by gravity.
An opportunity for the public to discover their artistic spirit through an interactive canvas.
A wonderful array of experiences in vivid color and spongy texture, physical engagement, and childhood memories.
An interactive, animated machine, where one action triggers another encouraging audience engagement.
Mesa Speaks Stage is an open platform for creativity, live visual art, music and performances in downtown.
A wayward turtle and mouse pair, always wandering here or there; hop on top when they stop and enjoy the ride!
A large-scale community spool-weaving project incorporating various materials.
A heart-shaped steel skeleton, brought to “life” with handwritten hopes and dreams on repurposed fabric.
A project honoring Grandparents by sharing memories of them as community cultural expression.
Community workshops and outreach with the goal of transformation through representationalism.
A cooperative installation inviting festival goers of all ages to make giant spiral art.
Ancestral practices in a contemporary environment to reveal what connects all of humanity.
An interactive installation that portrays Mesa as a place of community, art and diversity.
An innovative, local-first problem solving method that encourage realtime community discussions.
Enhancing urban design and community outreach practices by providing participants with a new point of view.
A bridge built with the most common construction materials.
A Neighborhood Free Library
A wide archway that spans 32 feet and is wrapped in woven LED lights and fabric.