The Little Rock Main Street Creative Corridor is revitalizing Main Street one block at a time, using economic development stimulated by the arts rather than a traditional retail base. The Creative Corridor is rapidly becoming a mixed-use, work-live environment that is also sensitive to the historical context of Main Street in Little Rock.
Initial Planning and design for the Creative Corridor was funded by a 2011 Our Town grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. The plan, created by the University of Arkansas Community Design Center and Marlon Blackwell Architects, has received awards from the American Institute of Architects and The American Society of Landscape Architects.
Certain blocks on Main Street are in the process of being reconstructed to include Low Impact Development streetscapes with funding by a grant from the Arkansas Natural Resources Commission and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). It will include rain gardens, porous pavers, bio-swales, and other techniques to improve water quality.
An increasing number of public, private and non-profit groups have already invested in Main Street in recent years led by the Downtown Little Rock Partnership. Funding for a wide variety of art and lighting installations for the Corridor is provided by ArtPlace America and Educational Foundation of America.
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As one of the first arts initiatives of the Creative Corridor, the City of Little Rock is soliciting designers for large-scale banner art competition. The designs will be for two vibrant, full-color, large rectangular banners to be installed vertically from the parking deck on the 200 block of Main Street. One thousand dollars will be awarded for each winning design. The deadline for submissions is noon on June 1, 2015. For more information, go to https://creativecorridorlittlerock.wordpress.com/art-competitions .
Sign Art Competition
The City of Little Rock invites artists to submit design proposals for permanent and original signs to be installed along the 500 block of Main Street. Street signage is integral to the identity of a business and can promote beneficial attention and increased traffic. The signs will be displayed on the building frontage of three businesses new and old to Main Street: the Arkansas Repertory Theater, the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, and Ballet Arkansas.
Open to the public, the competition seeks to involve creative folks who have a strong desire to affect the future Main Street. Individual participant submissions will be accepted and collaborative group submissions are also encouraged. Each winner chosen by the jury will receive a $1000 award upon completion and installation of his or her sign. Registration deadline is June 15, and design submissions are due by July 1.
Low Impact Development
Proposal for revitalizing Main Street