Put on your walking shoes and enjoy the free Main Street Prototyping Festival Friday, November 17, and Saturday, November 18, in downtown Mesa.
The Prototyping Festival showcases 20 temporary and unique conceptions focusing on art and technology, science and engineering. Each concept serves a specific purpose, such as creating gathering places, virtual reality experiences, structures that offer space for interaction and performances, or places to play and share in art making.
The festival allows the community to experience and identify structures that can contribute toward the livability of their communities. Prototypes showcase how a neighborhood can be transformed into a lively, beautiful and sustainable place with the arts at their core.
This family-friendly festival allows attendees to walk at their own pace between prototypes. Exploration and hands-on interaction is encouraged. Residents and visitors of the festival are urged to provide feedback and vote for their favorite prototype. Chosen selections will work with city officials and their partners to foster ideas for future installation within the downtown corridor.
Prototyping festivals are the newest trend in urban communities with successful events held in Denver, San Francisco and San Jose. Events like these allow pedestrians to engage in conversation, discover art in the most unusual forms and have fun.
Prototype teams consist of folks of various backgrounds including artists, architects, designers, students, makers and urban planners.
In addition, artists Erin V. Sotak and Sophia McGovern will work with community partners, Grant Woods Boys & Girls Club and Mesa’s CARE Partnership, to engage residents in using art and art-making to explore and express their neighborhood and community goals.
Afterward, attendees can enjoy a multitude of other free events. Friday night includes Juice Farm Hip-Hop Art Show at Queen’s Pizzeria and a family-friendly Figment Friday in downtown Mesa for art workshops and crafts. Saturday’s events at the Mesa Arts Center campus include an arts brunch, Creative Catalysts Mimosas & Palomas. In the evening is spark! After Dark and BidUp! Silent Auction, two events hosted at Mesa Arts Center for creative and original art work from Valley artists.