Pole banners celebrating theater arts have been placed on Main Street.
“We have three sets of banners that will go up in the summer, fall and early winter, and late winter and spring,” said Brook Holmes, co-director of Main Street McMinnville with Paige Chastain.
In 2015, Main Street McMinnville received $1,800 in grants to help fund the purchase of pole banners celebrating the arts in McMinnville’s downtown business district. An Arts Build Communities grant of $1,000 from the Tennessee Arts Commission and an $800 grant from Homeland Community Bank were used to purchase three sets of banners, each displaying a unique design that will greet residents and visitors traveling Main Street.
“We are pleased to be able to celebrate the arts in the historic business district,” said Holmes. “Business and the arts are a winning combination, as has been proven here over the past few years with our downtown festivals and special events, including Main Street Live, the Autumn Street Fair and some new offerings, such as Sip and Saveur and the Spring Art Walk, that pair business with the arts in a unique way.”
Along with the banners for theater arts, the other two banners celebrate music, and arts and crafts.
“Main Street McMinnville is grateful to the Tennessee Arts Commission and Homeland Community Bank for joining with us in this promotion of the arts downtown,” said Chastain. “The grants from these organizations provide funds without which we would not have been able to showcase Main Street’s commitment to the partnership of business and the arts in the historic business district in this very visible way.”
The banners fit into the vision of the organization which is to create a safe, culturally rich and architecturally preserved downtown which is vibrant and eye-appealing, family and community oriented, and commercially viable. It also fits with Main Street McMinnville’s mission, which is to establish a partnership between the public and private sectors dedicated to the continued revitalization of downtown McMinnville, with emphasis on community livability, economic restructuring, and historic preservation.
For more information about the organization, call 506-5335 or visit www.mainstreetmcminnville.org.