Just weeks after announcing the relocation of its corporate headquarters to the Scott Building in 2010, Downtown Tucson’s Providence Service Corporation agreed to underwrite the costs of a monthly arts and entertainment event series to be held the second Saturday of every month – which began in May 2010.
The event features street vendors and performers, food, musicians, visual arts, “pop-up” retailers, indoor concerts, and discounts from Downtown merchants, restaurants and clubs stretching the length of Congress and including many Downtown side streets.
The initial steering committee members in 2010 include Fletcher McCusker, Providence CEO, along with Luke Cusack, previous operator of Sapphire and Zen Rock, and A Steak in the Neighborhood, David Slutes of Hotel Congress, John “Flano” Flanagan, owner of Flanagan’s Celtic Corner, developer Michael Keith, representing The Screening Room, and Nicole Flowers, who with her partner Travis Reese owns the new restaurant 47 Scott.
Downtown community members have joined the event board and participate in the event. Local media, including Zocalo Magazine and KXCI Community Radio, offered support. KXCI continues to be a sponsor of the event.
“The excitement Downtown right now is contagious”, said Fletcher McCusker. “The new business energy, initiatives and progress is unlike anything I have seen in Tucson. We are pleased to be a small part.”
Ward 6 City Council Member Steve Kozachik, who represents much of the Downtown area, also gives his support. Council Member Kozachik stated, “It will take private sector initiatives like this to really change the character of Downtown. The government’s role should be to support and encourage these kinds of efforts, especially in a tight economy. Providence and the other organizers of this event are real catalysts for a new-found excitement and synergy in Downtown Tucson.”
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