Downtown Streetscapes grants are designed to incentivize investment in downtown areas by promoting safe and attractive environments for residents, shoppers, workers and visitors.
Contact: Whitney Ridlon, 218-735-3004, Whitney.Ridlon@state.mn.us
Eligible Applicants: Cities, townships, nonprofits and tribal units of government including informal grassroots groups that partner with a nonprofit or city to act as fiscal sponsor within the agency's service area. Multi-organization collaboration is welcomed and encouraged.
Iron Range Resources & Rehabilitation works to improve economic opportunities for diversity and inclusion within our service area.
The City of Grand Rapids enlisted local artists to create public art throughout the downtown area, including murals on building facades, concrete-stamped sidewalk poetry, three sculptures and numerous lamppost banners. The art is located in highly visible locations, and the overall theme encompasses the history, culture, traditions and diversity of the city’s past and present. “The Grand Rapids community recognizes that public art is an important component in our economy. Minnesota’s Arrowhead region is second only to the state’s metro area in generating income from arts and culture tourism,” said Sonja Merrild, Grand Rapids Arts and Culture Commission chair. “Not only is art an industry in and of itself, it also creates attractive downtowns and places to which local people and visitors are drawn.” According to the roadmap findings, the use of public art can greatly benefit a city’s physical environment. Further, capital improvement projects such as sidewalks, street redesigns and roundabouts can easily integrate artistic components that enhance the aesthetic appeal of public areas and business districts.