Public Art Trail & Culture
Downtown art & culture prevail with Auburn Public Theater, Finger Lakes Art Cooperative, Seward House Museum, FAME, Cayuga County Arts Council & the Musical Theater Festival & Merry-Go-Round Playhouse. The public face-of-the-arts include mosaic installations, sculptures, painted murals & vinyl banners that brighten downtown’s buildings & street views. BID has fully supported all of the mosaic projects, and funded the vinyl banners, the latest ones were just installed on the City Parking Garage.
BID helped create an Arts Trail Brochure & website to promote downtown’s public art scene. We also partner on projects with Auburn Beautification Commission, like the flower pot program & the Dazzle Downtown tree lighting project. Call us for an Art Trail brochure at (315) 252-7874, or visit the website or Facebook page.
Free Community Events
Downtown events are plentiful & free for families. When it comes to event planning, BID is an active partner, and we are sought out by local organizations to help bring new events online. We always work closely with City departments to make sure everything goes smoothly.
First Fridays happen each month at museums, galleries, shops & restaurants with free entertainment & refreshments offered from 5 – 8PM.
BID organizes the City’s Founder’s Day street festival in collaboration with the antique car show & the new AuBurn Bike Fest at Market Street Park.
IGNITE & BID co-host IGNITE the Winter, chili & chowder cook-off, with City support. A. T. Walley’s St. Patrick’s, Summer Jam & Columbus Day weekend events have enjoyed big crowds & much success; and Majorpalooza is now another big annual fundraiser downtown Memorial Day weekend. BID also hosts the Holiday Parade & Family Fun Day.
For more info our annual event listings click here.
BID Maintenance Program
BID has a wonderful relationship with City DPW & APD, addressing everything from safety, parking concerns & special events to making downtown more attractive. The City has contracted with BID for 10+ years to manage downtown maintenance.
Matt Weston is a full-time staff person solely dedicated to just taking care of downtown. Compliments abound for Matt’s work, plus all the other improvements & progress we’ve seen happen downtown in the past 5-10 years.
BID Flower Program
In summer, Matt mows & weeds the City park lawns & grasses. BID also has added flower beds & landscaping to beautify downtown green spaces that would otherwise be unattended.
As another component of this program, BID manages 40 street ground pots & plant watering contracted with outside professionals. To save on the expense of daily watering, we’ve partnered with the local company BO-MER, to purchase self-watering pots. The pot flowers are planted before Memorial Day and maintained into early fall.
Auburn is the first East Coast city to offer Pango on-street parking. Pango is catching on as an easy convenient option and BID continues to help. Ongoing, BID supports this City program by placing advertising, creating videos & signage, doing promotion, providing info in our brochures, on our website and at downtown events.
Auburn received a Local Government Achievement Award from NYCOM for its successful implementation of Pango’s innovative program. BID was happy to help the City prepare their application for this award, and coordinate the roll-out event in May 2013. For more parking and directions info click here.
Header photo by Michael Bruton.