In addition to major events and initiatives, Downtown Mantua Revitalization Corporation (DMRC) sponsors the following, on-going projects.
Holiday Pop-up Gallery
A place for local artists to show and sell their work.
Quick Facts for Artists:
Open Thursday-Sunday, mid-November through December
Sales split 60% to artist, 40% toward building Village Arts initiative
Good visibility in downtown Mantua storefront
Promoted with paid ads and editorial content
Hands-on workshops, artist demonstrations, and musical performances will draw people to the gallery
The 2017 gallery displayed amazing work of 33 artists!
If you are interested in becoming involved with the holiday pop-up shop or are interested in volunteering to help work on this local cultural economic development effort with the arts, contact:
Sandy Kreisman (330-221-0421) firstname.lastname@example.org
Marian Phillips (330-283-3264) email@example.com
Small Business Encouragement Fund
Business success is crucial to the survival of a "Main Street" community. Through this fund, downtown businesses are eligible for $250 quarterly grants.
DMRC members, Pat and Carrie Frost initiated this project and host an annual Autumn Arts & Ales event at their business, Frost Glass, as a fundraiser.
A physical business address within Mantua Village
Conducting business in Mantua
Federal ‘EIN’ information
Less than $1 million in annual gross receipts
For more information, please download and review the grant application and instructions. Applications are accepted throughout the year.
Flowers on the bridge
When DMRC Board member Mary Cabot visited Europe, she fell in love with the European custom of placing cascading flower baskets on bridges over their rivers. Her dream to do the same with the bridge over the Cuyahoga in Mantua Village became reality in 2015, following construction of a new bridge on State Route 44.
Mary collected donations to purchase baskets and flowers, orchestrated DMRC management of the project, and engaged volunteers to maintain this beautify addition to downtown.
Headwaters Trail Collaboration
DMRC initiated and continues to host quarterly meetings with surrounding community leaders, including representatives from Aurora, Mantua Township, Hiram, Garrettsville, Mantua Rotary, Mantua-Shalersville Area Chamber of Commerce, Garrettsville Rotary, Portage Parks District, and Portage County Regional Planning.