Traffic Signal Box Project 2017

Press Release

Date:  March 16, 2017
Contact:  Joan Redeen 727-5430
For Immediate Release
Great Falls, Montana –

The Great Falls Business Improvement District (BID), on behalf of the Downtown Development Partnership (DDP), is pleased to announce the continuation of its Traffic Signal Box (TSB) program for local artists interested in design of public art on selected traffic signal boxes.  Beginning in 2011, the BID completed all 21 traffic signal boxes located within the BID boundaries. The partnership with the DDP allows the BID to complete traffic signal boxes outside of the BID boundaries.  The program is part of an effort to continue beautification in Downtown Great Falls. The TSB Art Project enhances the pedestrian and driving experience by incorporating artwork directly into the streetscape.  Spring of 2017 we will be completing two (2) traffic signal boxes on 2nd Ave North.

The TSB Art Project is a public art opportunity open to all artists residing in Cascade County.  Artists who wish to participate can review the Call to Artists for the specific requirements.  The Call to Artists can be picked up at the BID office located at 100 1st Avenue North or downloaded from our website at www.greatfallsbid.com.  Emerging artists are encouraged to apply.

The Call to Artists is being made public on Friday, March 17th.  The submission deadline for artists to be considered for the project is Friday, April 28th at 12:30pm.

This project would not be possible with the support of the Downtown Development Partnership, the City of Great Falls, the Montana Department of Transportation and the Clean Slate Group.

Click HERE for the Call to Artists

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Business Watch 2017

Our Business Watch schedule for 2017 is complete!

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BID/DGFA Offices Re-locating 11/21/16

The Great Falls Business Improvement District AND the Downtown Great Falls Association offices are re-locating!

Our phone numbers and email addresses will remain the same!

Effective Monday, November 21, 2016 the BID/DGFA will be moving into office space with the Great Falls Chamber at 100 1st Ave North.

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National PARK(ing) Day 2016

For the fourth year in a row, in partnership with the City of Great Falls and with tremendous gratitude to Tilleraas Landscape Nursery the Great Falls Business Improvement District participated in National PARK(ing) Day.

The location selected for this year’s PARK(ing) Day was the south side of the 100 block of 1st Ave North.

 

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Parking Meter Art Project

The Great Falls Business Improvement District (BID) is pleased to announce the continuation of its beautification efforts in Downtown Great Falls.  Building on the success of our previous downtown art projects we are doing the second phase of our Parking Meter Art Project.  To expand on our work to make downtown more colorful and visually appealing, artists will paint parking meters. These meters will be permanently planted in a garden on 4th Street North.  The garden will have improvements made this fall, utilizing a Boy Scout who is working on his Eagle project.

The meters utilized in this project, however, are not functional parking meters ~ they will be works of art.  People who like and appreciate the art will be encouraged to “plug” the meters with their donations.  The funds collected will, in turn, be returned to the Downtown through the work of the BID.

The Parking Meter Art Project is a public art opportunity open to all artists residing in Cascade County.  Artists who wish to participate can review the Call to Artists for the specific requirements.  The Call to Artists can be picked up at the BID office located at 13 5th Street North or downloaded here Call to Artists. Emerging artists are encouraged to apply.

The submission deadline for artists to be considered for the project is Friday, September 16th at 12:30pm.

This project would not be possible without the support of the City of Great Falls and Advanced Coatings.

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Parking Survey

The Great Falls Parking Advisory Commission is conducting a survey on parking downtown.

The six-question survey takes about five minutes and can be done anonymously.

Click here to take the survey – Parking Survey

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Parking Meter Art Project

Date:  November 26, 2014
Contact:  Joan Redeen 727-5430
For Immediate Release

Great Falls, Montana –

The Great Falls Business Improvement District (BID) is pleased to announce the continuation of its beautification efforts in Downtown Great Falls.  Building on the success of our previous downtown art projects we are kicking off our Parking Meter Art Project.  To expand on our work to make the downtown more colorful and visually appealing, artists will paint parking meters. The meters will initially be portable, so that as many people as possible can see them.

These meters, however, are not functional parking meters ~ they will be works of art.  People who like and appreciate the art will be encouraged to “plug” the meters with their donations.  The funds collected will, in turn, be returned to the Downtown through the work of the BID.  Eventually, they will be placed in a permanent garden, where they can be enjoyed by all for many years to come.

The Parking Meter Art Project is a public art opportunity open to all artists residing in Cascade County.  Artists who wish to participate can review the Call to Artists for the specific requirements.  The Call to Artists can be picked up at the BID office located at 13 5th Street North or downloaded from our website at www.greatfallsbid.com.  Emerging artists are encouraged to apply.

The Call to Artists is being made public on Wednesday, November 27th.  The submission deadline for artists to be considered for the project is Friday, January 30th at 12:30pm.

This project would not be possible without the support of the City of Great Falls, Advanced Coatings and Specialty Iron Works.

For the Call to Artists Click Here

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PARK(ing) Day 2014

PARK(ing) Day 2014

Parking spaces around the globe to be temporarily reclaimed for people

[Great Falls, September 12, 2014]  On Friday, September 19, 2014, in cities around the globe, artists, and citizens will temporarily transform metered parking spaces into public parks and other social spaces, as part of an annual event called “PARK(ing) Day.” PARK(ing) Day is meant to create an interesting public space in our downtown.

Built with a bit of whimsy, part creative process, it calls attention to the fact that we need more public space in the downtown.  PARK(ing) Day has the unique ability to reach people, to cut through the thickets of verbal chatter and visual clutter and to propose – lightly and perhaps with a wink – that change and growth is a good thing.

Great Falls’ PARK(ing) Day is being coordinated by the Great Falls Business Improvement Distirct (BID). The City is allowing the BID to use a parking space near the corner of 5th Street and Central Avenue. Steve Tilleras, from Tilleras Landscape & Nursery, is designing the space and providing the materials. People are urged to stop by and see it.

Joan Redeen, of the BID, said, “The response to last year’s PARK(ing) Day was amazing ~ people enjoyed having a green space outside; they loved the novelty of using a parking space to show what interseting things can be done downtown.  This year, we had a hard time deciding where we should do it, because several businesses were interested!  We really want folks to come down and see what we’re doing this year!”

Originally created in 2005 by Rebar, a San Francisco-based art and design studio, PARK(ing) Day challenges people to rethink the way streets are used and reinforces the need for broad-based changes to urban infrastructure.

Since 2005, the project has become a worldwide movement: PARK(ing) Day 2011 included 975 “PARK” installations in more than 160 cities in 35 countries on six continents.

A few photos from PARK(ing) Day 2013, located on 3rd Street South next to Bert & Ernie’s:

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A few photos from PARK(ing) Day 2014, located on 5th Street South next to Big Sky Bread & Pastry:

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What does the BID do for Downtown Great Falls?

Have you ever wondered what the Great Falls Business Improvement District (BID) is and what it is that we do for Downtown Great Falls?  Well we’re going to answer that question in less than one minute!

Check this out!

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FINAL Traffic Signal Box Project 2014

Press Release

Date:  March 13, 2014
Contact:  Joan Redeen 727-5430
For Immediate Release
Great Falls, Montana –

The Great Falls Business Improvement District (BID) is pleased to announce the continuation of its Traffic Signal Box (TSB) program for local artists interested in design of public art on selected traffic signal boxes within the BID boundaries.  The program is part of an effort to continue beautification in Downtown Great Falls. The TSB Art Project enhances the pedestrian and driving experience by incorporating artwork directly into the streetscape.  Phase one involved seven TSB’s completed during the summer of 2011 on Central Avenue.  Phase two involved five additional TSB’s located on 1st and 2nd Ave South. Phase three involved seven additional TSB’s located on 1st Ave North during the spring of 2013.  Summer of 2014 will conclude the project, completing the final two (2) traffic signal boxes located within the BID.

The TSB Art Project is a public art opportunity open to all artists residing in Cascade County.  Artists who wish to participate can review the Call to Artists for the specific requirements.  The Call to Artists can be picked up at the BID office located at 13 5th Street North or downloaded from our website at www.greatfallsbid.com.  Emerging artists are encouraged to apply.

The Call to Artists is being made public on Friday, March 14th.  The submission deadline for artists to be considered for the project is Friday, May 30th at 12:30pm.

Download the Call to Artists 2014 HERE

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