PARK(ing) Day 2013

Great Falls Business Improvement District

To Participate in PARK(ing) Day 2013

Parking spaces around the globe to be temporarily reclaimed for people

 Great Falls, Montana – September 20, 2013 – 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, which is held worldwide on Friday, September 20, is being coordinated by the Great Falls Business Improvement Distirct (BID). The City is allowing the BID to use a parking space at the corner of 3rd Street and 1st Avenue South. Steve Tilleras, from Tilleras Landscape & Nursery, is designing the space and providing the materials. People are urged to stop by and see it.  At the same time, Bert and Ernies will be offering outdoor dining on a nearby sidewalk. They are considering offering more sidewalk dining next spring.

Joan Redeen, of the BID, said, “I’m thrilled that the BID is able to bring such a thought-provoking project to our downtown.  It’s wonderful that the City has allowed us to use this parking space, we’re extremely appreciative of the cooperative effort to recognize this day in Great Falls.  This effort just continues to move forward our beautification efforts, people can see the possibilities.”

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.

 

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Traffic Signal Box Project

The Downtown Business Improvement District is very proud to have been able to create the Traffic Signal Box project in Downtown Great Falls.

Click on the below links to view the images and locations of the completed Traffic Signal Boxes.

2011 Traffic Signal Box Project

Seven Traffic Signal Boxes were completed in the summer of 2011.  Artists Sheree Nelson, Rachel Kaiser, Halley Gallagher, Alissa Nelson, Vickie Mequire, Jennifer Mathson and Katy Lunstad were involved in the project.

2012 Traffic Signal Box Project

Five Traffic Signal Boxes were completed in the summer of 2012.  Artists Deeling Gregory, Corey Allen, Kelli Lawson, Taylor Lehman and Kyle Wood were involved in the project.

2013 Traffic Signal Box Project

Seven Traffic Signal Boxes were completed on 1st Ave N in the summer of 2013.  Artists Katy Lunstad, Tammy Johnson, Jennifer Ziemba, Ron Watson, Brandon Semenza, Kelli Lawson and Deeling Gregory were involved in the project.

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New Artistic Bike Rack Installed Downtown!

The Great Falls Business Improvement District is very excited to unveil an artistic bike rack created by the CMR High School welding shop for Crooked Tree!
Installed on Friday, April 19, 2013 on 5th Street North, just outside of Crooked Tree.
Ride your bike downtown and stop in at Crooked Tree for a coffee – be sure to check out this fantastic functional piece of art!

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Traffic Signal Box Project 2013

Press Release

Date:  February 28, 2013
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 will commence on May 15, 2013 and will include seven additional TSB’s located on 1st Ave North.  Installation of all TSB’s completed during the summer, 2013, will be accomplished using vinyl and will be done by the Clean Slate Group.

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 1st.  The submission deadline for artists to be considered for the project is Friday, May 3rd at 12:30pm.

Download the Call to Artists HERE

 

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Business Watch 2013

Download the 2013 Downtown Business Watch schedule: Click Here for the 2013 Business Watch Schedule

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Montana Downtown Conference

We are ready to host YOU in Great Falls!

Our final schedule is here:  5th Annual Montana Downtown Conference

Incredible thanks extended to ALL of our fantastic sponsors:  5th Annual Montana Downtown Conference Sponsors

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Montana Downtown Conference

Tentative Conference Schedule

Conference Information 2012

2012 Proposed Conference Schedule

Registration for the 5th Annual Montana Downtown Conference is NOW open!

Take advantage of the Early Bird Registration rates until September 30th!

Click here:  Registration Form 2012

Complete the registration form and submit it to:

Great Falls Business Improvement District
13 5th Street North
Great Falls MT 59401
FAX:  (406) 727-5431
E-Mail:  info@greatfallsbid.com
 

Look forward to seeing YOU October 24th to the 26th in Great Falls!

Additional information will be posted – check the Montana Downtown Conference tab for more details as they become available

The 2012 conference is sponsored by the following:

SILVER SPONSORS

 

 

BRONZE SPONSORS

 

We continue to seek additional sponsorships, if you or your organization would be interested please click here:  Sponsorship Information

 

 

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1st Ave North Underpass Art Project – 2nd Call to Artists

The Great Falls Business Improvement District (BID) is seeking submissions from qualified artists to work on the implementation of an already selected design for the 1st Ave North underpass project.  The goal of the project is to create an eye-catching, descriptive entryway to Downtown Great Falls, with one artists’ already chosen design being implemented by a team of approved artists working together.

In conjunction with the City of Great Falls Public Works Department and the Montana Department of Transportation the BID would like to install a large, outdoor mural on the underpass of 1st Ave North running between Gibson Park and the Civic Center from River Drive up to Park Drive.

The 1st Ave N underpass 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.

The submission deadline for artists to be considered for the project is Friday, June 22nd at 12:30pm.

Also involved in this project are the Montana Department of Transportation, the City of Great Falls, T&L Painting, and Ace Hardware.  The BID welcomes any additional community support to make this project a reality, including tax deductible donations.

For complete information and the Call to Artists, click here Call to Artists – implementation

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Adopt-a-Tree Program

Date:  June 1, 2012
Contact:  Joan Redeen 727-5430
For Immediate Release
Great Falls, Montana –

Continuing our beatification efforts in downtown Great Falls the Great Falls Business Improvement District (BID) is launching an Adopt-a-Tree program.  Within the BID boundaries there are 331 trees.  In September, 2009, the City of Great Falls allotted $50,000 of Tax Increment Fund dollars for the BID to replace, maintain and tend to the trees.  Those funds have been used replacing over 20% of the trees downtown, weeding, and long overdue pruning.  As a result of the past three years the trees have never looked better but the need for ongoing, routine maintenance remains.  The BID is serious about protecting our trees and maintaining the appeal downtown Great Falls offers to our community, but we can’t do it alone.

Some important facts to consider:  studies have shown that every $1 dollar spent on maintaining trees, the public receives $3 worth of benefits, primarily in the form of reduced heating and air conditioning bills and higher property values; trees not only bring an aesthetic appeal to Downtown Great Falls, they also play an important role in filtering out pollution; and they absorb noise, calm traffic, reduce stress and crime and create a peaceful place to relax and socialize.

How can you help? Participate in our Adopt-a-Tree Program! Each adoption commitment is for five (5) years, and costs $375 per tree ($75 per year for five years).  We will acknowledge your sponsorship with a personalized plaque on the tree or trees of your choice for five years, and on our website.  Adopt-a-Tree contributions are tax deductible.

For more information, please contact the BID office at 13 5th Street N, (406) 727-5430 or info@greatfallsbid.com.  This program is open to any interested members of the Great Falls community.

For complete information and the application, click here BID Adopt a Tree Program 2012

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1st Ave N underpass project

Press Release

Date:  April 10, 2012
Contact:  Joan Redeen 727-5430
For Immediate Release

Great Falls, Montana –
The Great Falls Business Improvement District (BID) is seeking proposals from qualified artists to create a design for the 1st Ave North underpass project.  The goal of the project is to create an eye-catching, descriptive entryway to Downtown Great Falls, with one artists’ design being implemented by a team of approved artists working together.

In conjunction with the City of Great Falls Public Works Department and the Montana Department of Transportation the BID would like to install a large, outdoor mural on the underpass of 1st Ave North running between Gibson Park and the Civic Center from River Drive up to Park Drive.

The selected design will function as a form of communication to a moving audience with the goal of creating an interesting entry/exit to downtown.  The design will take into account what makes Great Falls and Downtown Great Falls unique including the arts, history, music, historical figures, community events, recreational opportunities, and special attractions.   Successful proposals will foster community pride and convey the sense of community.

The 1st Ave N underpass 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.

The submission deadline for artists to be considered for the project is Friday, May 4th at 12:30pm.

Also involved in this project are the Montana Department of Transportation, the City of Great Falls, T&L Painting, and Ace Hardware.  The BID welcomes any additional community support to make this project a reality, including tax deductible donations.

For the Call to Artists, click here: 1st Ave N underpass – Call to Artists 2012

1st Ave N underpass as of April, 2012:

 

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