Wilson’s downtown was once the ‘World’s Largest Tobacco Market’ where merchants and traders from around the world converged and the local community frequented the downtown, which was a vibrant, living space. Over time though, the big auctions stopped and businesses closed. Boarded-up buildings attracted graffiti and crime. The community migrated to suburban malls and fast food restaurants. Like many other small towns in the United States, Wilson witnessed the slow disappearance of its downtown life.
On May 9th 2015 the main street of Wilson, North Carolina, will be transformed into a gallery of large-scale photographs. One hundred prominent and emerging photographers from 24 countries are joining forces to bring us a world-class event. The exhibition will be focusing on the theme of "Main Street", as interpreted by the individual photographers: One Hundred Photographs by One Hundred Photographers on Display for One Hundred Days! Our hope is to revive the sense of community and bring back more people to our downtown. Preserving the historic buildings that line Wilson's Nash Street is a central goal. Main Street stands for our shared humanity and our memories of a time that once was. It should become the beating heart of our city once again. In that spirit, the festival organizers are proud to present an equal number of men and women photographers.
The Eyes on Main Street festival will be launched with live music and other festivities. Several photography workshops by participating photographers, curators & scholars will be held during the opening weeks of the Eyes of Main Street festival that will run until September 7th, 2015. An online catalog and guide to the festival will be available.
Jerome De Perlinghi (Artistic Director))
210 MOSS STREET WILSON, NC 27893 email@example.com
Risks and challenges
We have received the 100 high definition files from the photographers and this funding will help the festival pay for printing and installing these very large, high quality photographs. The project funding will also help pay for marketing and promoting the event locally, as well as nationally and internationally.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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