Call for Applications: Artists on Main Street


Rethos: Places Reimagined & Springboard for the Arts

Rethos: Places Reimagined and Springboard for the Arts are seeking four new Minnesota communities of 25,000 people or less to participate in the Artists on Main Street program for two years (January 2020 - December 2021).

Application Deadline is Friday, October 25, 2019  

The purpose of Artists on Main Street is to support rural community development at the intersection of arts and culture, downtown revitalization and historic preservation. Community or government organizations who are actively working on downtown/Main Street revitalization and who are interested in building new relationships with their creative community to creatively address local goals and challenges are encouraged to apply.

Program Benefits:

  • Creative Community Development trainings and cohort exchanges for Downtown/Main Street leaders, their partners/stakeholders and other participating Artists on Main Street communities (3x per year).
  • $25,000 in funding for small artist-led projects, using Artists on Main Street’s creative placemaking training and selection process, that help communities accomplish their goals or address challenges related to downtown and main street ($15,000 in year 1, $10,000 in year 2)
  • Administrative support to cover staff costs, marketing, or other program management needs. ($5,000 per year)
  • Ongoing mentorship and technical support from Springboard and Rethos for strengthening and sustaining your community’s creative community development infrastructure.


  • Artists on Main Street is open to any Minnesota community with a population of 25,000 or less.
  • Lead applicant must be a community or government organization actively working on downtown/main street revitalization (examples: Main Street organization, Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Councils)
  • Applicant must identify 2-3 Planning Team members who have a strong interest in learning how to work and collaborate with artists on community development issues, and can represent a wide variety of sectors - government, education, arts, recreation, economic development, etc.  It is strongly recommended to include a city representative as one of the community leaders and/or the organizational partner.
  • If not a City entity, applicant must submit a letter of support from a City representative that will be a liaison with city processes for Artists on Main Street (e.g. parks official, Mayor, city planner, etc)
  • Applicant and Planning Team must commit to attending the first Artist on Main Street Cohort Meeting on January 16th, 2020 from 10am to 3pm (tentative - location will be determined once communities are selected).

Selection Timeline:​

  • Complete and submit application by Friday, October 25, 2019
  • Selected communities will be notified by Tuesday, November 12, 2019
  • If selected, applicant must confirm participation with Rethos by Friday, November 22, 2019
  • Participate in orientation call in early December 2019

Program Timeline:

Year 1

  • January 16, 2020: Cohort meeting #1
  • March - April, 2020: Each community hosts 1 - 2 Creative Placemaking workshops for their local artists
  • April - May, 2020: Review and selection of artist project proposals
  • May - October, 2020: Artist projects take place
  • July, 2020: Cohort meeting #2
  • November, 2020: Cohort meeting #3
  • November - December, 2020: Evaluation and planning for year 2

Timeline for Year 2 will be determined in collaboration with Rethos and Springboard.


Please contact Sarina Otaibi, Rural Programs Manager, at [email protected] or 320-262-9514.

Opportunity Opens

Thursday, Sep 19th 2019

Opportunity Closes

Friday, Oct 25th 2019, 11:45pm

Application Location

MN Artists