The Palestine Main Street is a nationally recognized program of the City of Palestine.
Palestine's downtown, like most small Main Street Texas Cities, was the center of commercial and retail activity for almost a century. Starting in the 1950's a number of our buildings were "slip covered" hiding the turn of the century architecture, and many businesses relocated to the loop leaving Main Street vacant and deteriorating.
Since 1986, Palestine Main Street has utilized a proven method of preservation and revitalization, the Main Street Four-Point Approach. By relying on a dedicated advisory board and numerous committees, Palestine Main Street has been instrumental in preserving our heritage and revitalizing the Main Street area.
The Main Street Four-Point Approach has four areas of concentration:
Economic Restructuring works to encourage new businesses to open in the district and find ways for existing businesses to grow and evolve;
Organization provides interaction to stakeholders to build on our successes;
Design provides opportunities and education for historically correct rehabilitation and, through the Texas Historical Commission, free design assistance; and
Promotion creates imaginative, fun and educational programs to attract residents and visitors.
Through the efforts of these volunteers, private businesses and non-profit groups, the vitality is returning to the Palestine Main Street. From coffee shops to boutiques, antiques to live theatre and music, Main Street offers a unique blend of historic and modern atmosphere.
For more information on volunteering with our program or to learn more about the services we provide or the businesses in Main Street, call our offices at (903) 729-4100.
2016 Art Tracks Program
Main Street Palestine invites you to submit your outdoor sculpture for show in our downtown district. We offer a $500 stipend for each sculpture in our 5th Annual Show.
PLUS: $2,500 in prize money … NO ENTRY FEES!
Art Call is for outdoor sculpture 3 ft and up. We are especially looking for larger sculptures ..even 10 ft tall or more. While we will consider any outdoor sculpture, 3 ft and under will be grouped together in a sculpture area. All locations are on City right of ways or property and can be viewed from streets and sidewalks.
Rails .. the reason for our “track” theme is that we are a Railroad History City and many of our 3 ft tall stands are built on actual railroad wheels. Your art does not have to be railroad themed. We want the tourists and visitors who are at our Visitor Center Railroad Depot and the Texas State Railroad live steam trains to enjoy the multitude of sculpture designs you provide. We will work with you on the best place to show your particular art and we welcome a variety of styles.
Download an application for this year's show here.