The Main Street Creative Corridor is the place to be for those wanting to incorporate art and culture into their everyday lives. is revitalizing Main Street one block at a time, using economic development stimulated by the arts rather than a traditional retail base. Home to the Arkansas Repertory Theatre, Ballet Arkansas, galleries, creative firms, and the Little Rock Technology Park, the Creative Corridor is rapidly becoming a mixed-use, work-live environment that is at once sensitive to the historical context of Little Rock’s Main Street and invigorating to its residents and visitors.
Initial Planning and design for the Creative Corridor was funded by a 2011 Our Town grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. The plan, created by the University of Arkansas Community Design Center and Marlon Blackwell Architects, has received awards from the American Institute of Architects and The American Society of Landscape Architects.
Several blocks on Main Street have been reconstructed to include Low Impact Development streetscapes with funding by a grant from the Arkansas Natural Resources Commission and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). They include rain gardens, porous pavers, bio-swales, and other techniques to improve water quality.
An increasing number of public, private and non-profit groups have already invested in Main Street in recent years led by the Downtown Little Rock Partnership. Funding for a wide variety of art and lighting installations for the Corridor is provided by ArtPlace America and Educational Foundation of America.