“ImaginArt in the Alleys” will enable a diverse team of stakeholders to collaborate on the revitalization of a matrix of alleys in Uptown Marion. These alleyways will be transformed from underutilized spaces to engaging places where public art and cultural activities attract new visitors and economic development. These alleys will serve as pedestrian-friendly back entrances to the small businesses that line 7th Avenue, the city’s historic main street.

As part of the city’s Corridor Redevelopment Plan, 7th Avenue will soon be undergoing substantial streetscape improvements. Marion City Manager, Lon Pluckhahn, offered, “The City of Marion recognized the need to make the Uptown alleys a more inviting place well before starting improvements on 7th Avenue. It’s critical to the future success of our businesses to create a welcoming rear entrance option, and the ArtPlace America grant, together with city funding, will let us demonstrate that infrastructure can be an attraction in its own right.”

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