Venice MainStreet has been designated as an accredited National Main Street Program for meeting the commercial district revitalization performance standards set by the National Main Street Center®, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Each year, the National Main Street Center and its partners announce the list of accredited Main Street® programs in recognition of their exemplary commitment to historic preservation and community revitalization through the Main Street Four Point Approach®.
“We congratulate this year’s nationally accredited Main Street programs for their outstanding accomplishment in meeting the National Main Street Center’s 10 Standards of Performance,” says Patrice Frey, President & CEO of the National Main Street Center. “As the National Main Street Center celebrates its 35thAnniversary, it is also important to celebrate the achievements of the local Main Street programs across the country, some of whom have been around since the beginning. These local programs work hard every day to make their communities great places to work, live, play and visit while still preserving their historic character.”
The organization’s performance is annually evaluated by the Florida Main Street Program, which works in partnership with the National Main Street Center to identify the local programs that meet ten performance standards. These standards set the benchmarks for measuring an individual Main Street program’s application of the Main Street Four Point Approach® to commercial district revitalization. Evaluation criteria determines the communities that are building comprehensive and sustainable revitalization efforts and include standards such as fostering strong public-private partnerships, securing an operating budget, tracking programmatic progress and actively preserving historic buildings.
“We are proud of our longevity of accreditation with the National Main Street Program and we look forward to a strong partnership for years to come. Venice MainStreet has been an accredited Main Street Program since 1987. We are proud of the success Venice has seen due to this partnership,” says Erin Silk, Venice MainStreet Executive Director. She continues, “We look forward to pressing on with our mission of enhancing the quality of life in our community by preserving, protecting, and promoting historic downtown Venice.”
Established by the National Trust for Historic Preservation in 1980, the National Main Street Center helps communities of all sizes revitalize their older and historic commercial districts. Working in more than 2,000 downtowns and urban neighborhoods over the last 35 years, the Main Street program has leveraged more than $61.7 billion in new public and private investment. Participating communities have created 528,557 net new jobs and 120,510 net new businesses, and rehabilitated more than 251,838 buildings, leveraging an average of $26.52 in new investment for every dollar spent on their Main Street district revitalization efforts.
28th Annual Downtown Venice Art Fest
November 7& 8, 2015
Official Poster Design Contest
Venice MainStreet, Inc. is holding a contest for the 28th Annual Downtown Venice Art Fest official poster design. The artist selected by the Design Committee will be awarded $500 for their design, along with a booth at the festival ($500 value, for a prize package worth $1,000). The winning design will be featured as the official poster, which will be showcased on merchandise* and in advertising**. The winner will be expected to be available for an unveiling event on the evening of Wednesday, November 4, 2015.
- Original (unframed) artwork must be delivered to Collector’s Gallery and Framery (114 South Nokomis Avenue) by 5pm on Saturday, September 19, 2015.
- The winner must also submit a high-resolution editable, working digital file (for poster and merchandise production).
- Finished poster size will be 22 x 28 (original does not need to be the same size).
- Image must include at least one of the Venice bridges. (Copy that will be incorporated into the poster/merchandise will include “28th Annual Downtown Venice Art Fest”).
*there is a possibility that the design will be showcased on other merchandise, along with the t-shirts.
**the design will be utilized in advertising done by Venice MainStreet, Inc. Any advertising done by Howard Alan Events may not include the design.
About the Downtown Venice Art Fest
Celebrating its 28th year in 2015, the Downtown Venice Art Fest is one of the area’s largest and finest art fairs. Thousands of visitors kick-off season with this Howard Alan event that takes place along Venice Avenue in beautiful, historic downtown Venice. For more information, please call Venice MainStreet at 941.484.6722. Find out more about Howard Alan Events at www.artfestival.com.
Venice MainStreet and Venice Blue’s Festival donated $3,000 to the Venice High School Band.
Venice MainStreet President, Tracy Ivey, presents a check to Jonathan Case, Venice High School Band Teacher. The donation of $3,000 was for the participation of Venice High School students in the 2013 and 2014 Venice Blue’s Festival.
Greetings from the Voice of Venice. Our new website has been up for a while, but there was a challenge with the Blog. It is now go go go. This will be the place for pretty pictures, reminders and info on upcoming events and the background scoop on downtown Venice. If you missed the VMS Arts & Crafts Festival this past week end, it was a great show. The humidity was down and the crowds were up. The rains held off, so everybody was happy. This was the first two days at work for Venice MainStreet’s new Executive Director Cat. Yes, she has a last name which I keep forgetting. She has promised to post something soon telling about herself and posting a picture so we can all recognize her to call out a how-de-doo, welcome neighbor. VMS and Cat have all kinds of ideas for VMS downtown. If you’re looking for a good place to volunteer, now is the time. If you have info to share about downtown, please send to Cat at Venice MainStreet. I’ll be back real soon.
Welcome to the first blog from the Voice of Venice. The Voice will be presenting information on downtown Venice and Venice MainStreet. Venice MainStreet is a 501c3 non profit organization dedicated to the Beautification, Historic Preservation, Economic and Community Vitality of our beautiful, downtown area. We will be covering community events that happen downtown, historic preservation activities and community improvements. Expect to hear about businesses opening, closing, moving or expanding. There will be some community profiles done on persons of interest to us. Business stories on new projects or merchandise lines may be profiled. Plus I hope to be sharing many photographs, not only ours, but some of yours. This will be the place to share wonderful stories and photographs. We hope to become a Voice you’ll want to share and enjoy.
Please let us know if there is something you’d like to see us communicate in the future. Our goal is to have you take as much pleasure in our historic downtown as we do. Join us to learn all sorts of things about our home towns down town. Is anyone humming Petulia Clark’s big hit yet.” Downtown, everything’s waiting for you.”