Artists on Main Street is inviting the community downtown to celebrate Faribault through art, music, theater and more.

With the four projects in need of a public art permit approved by the City Council May 21, five more were released for Faribaultians and visitors to look forward to throughout the summer.

As part of a pilot program with the Busch Foundation, which funded the program, Faribault’s Artisits on Main Street is bringing art to the downtown and surrounding areas for a second year. After the success of last year, the Busch Foundation expanded the program to four more communities and is planning to include more cities. Next year is the third and final year of the program in Faribault.

Kelly Nygaard, Chamber staff member, expressed the benefit of being part of this project as it brings resources into the community.

“[Artists on Main Street program] adds a little extra liveliness to the downtown district … welcoming all members of the community,” Nygaard said. “We have eager and excited artists wanting to be part of the betterment of the community.”

Newly revealed projects are:

The Creative Crawl on Central Avenue — Organized by Jessica Prill, the Creative Crawl will join the Car Cruises from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on June 14, July 19 and Aug. 16 with a selected amount of downtown businesses open with place making events, specials, and interactive activities. Creatives will also sell their handmade items, offer take-and-makes and free family fun art activities at the Paradise, and provide artist demonstrations and performances.

Faribault’s Founding Fathers — Created by Dana Hanson, the temporary, large scale painting in the hallway connecting the Faribault Parks and Recreation Department and Buckham Memorial Library will feature Alexander Faribault, Bishop Henry Whipple and Chief Taopi. Hanson is working with the Lower Sioux Indian Tribe to accurately represent Chief Taopi. Accompanying the painting will be a framed historical write up over-viewing the three figures’ respective contribution to Faribault.

Playing with Theater — Organized by Marsha Morris-Beck, middle schoolers are invited to learn about theater by taking part in a simple costume and prop theater production revolved around the virtues in correspondence with the Virtues Project. The plays will be held on the Virtues Trail at Heritage Bluff Park and dates are pending. Younger students are invited to the plays to hopefully take away messages about virtue.

Past, Present and Faribault’s Future — Created by Troy Greenslade, the digital mural shaped as the Chamer’s newly designed fleur-de-lis, will depict a mosaic of photos from the earliest people of Faribault all the way to the people who make up Faribault today. The images will reflect what Faribault is and who comprises Faribault. The fleur-de-lis image will be transparent so you can see the faces below the fleur de lis image. One mural will be at the Faribault Diversity Coalition, while another will travel to different locations in Faribault including the Paradise Center for the Arts, Faribault Parks and Recreation Department and the Faribault Chamber.

Coming Together II — Created by Judy Saye, is a continuation of a 2018 Artists on Main Street project and will feature over dyed silk panels installed in the windows of vacant buildings. Her intent is to draw attention to the creative possibilities of empty storefronts in downtown.

Reporter Renata Erickson can be reached at 507-333-3129. Follow her on Twitter @FDNrenata.

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