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6x6@110 receives statewide recognition

TYLER, September 17, 2013-- Gallery Main Street’s 6x6@110 project has been named a finalist in the Best Promotional Event category of the 2013 Texas Downtown Association (TDA) President’s Awards Program.  Since 1998, the Awards Program has recognized more than 150 projects, events and people that make a difference in Texas downtowns.

The Best Promotional Event award recognizes excellence in creation and execution of downtown or commercial district promotional events, including festivals.  Types of events may include retail promotions, festivals and/or events that celebrate and promote civic pride, community history and culture, and holiday activities.  The other finalists in this category are Dogtoberfest of Beaumont and Lit on Main of Grand Prairie.

“We are so proud to continue Downtown Tyler’s tradition of receiving statewide honors for our projects and events,” said City of Tyler Main Street Department Leader Beverly Abell. “The phenomenon of 6x6@110 is due to the hard work of our 6x6 steering committee and the support of the community.”

The 6x6@110 project involved the creation of more than 1,000 works of art by artists and the public. Those pieces then went on sale for $20, with all proceeds going to downtown revitalization.

Over the years, Tyler has won 15 revitalization awards and nine of those have come since 2007.

Winners will be announced Nov. 7 at the President’s Awards Gala held in conjunction with the 2013 Texas Downtown Development and Revitalization Conference in Bastrop.

Judging for the awards took place Sept. 13 in Austin.  The distinguished jury panel included the following representatives:  Michael Holleran, University of Texas-Austin School of Architecture; Jean Mollard, The Redlands Historic Inn, Palestine; Amy Swank, Texas Economic Development Council; and Karla Vining, Texas Municipal League.

The Texas Downtown Association, established in 1985, is an independent, statewide nonprofit organization comprised of almost 400 members involved in downtown revitalization projects.  TDA provides resources to members through networking opportunities, marketing, education and advocacy to achieve community goals.  To learn more, visit www.texasdowntown.org.

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