Posted by Terry Everett on Feb 13, 2019
    Karen Tooley, executive director of Downtown Sherman Now, talked a little about the different groups working in downtown Sherman.  They are Downtown Sherman Now,  Sherman Main Street and the new Cultural District.
    Bob & Honey Minshew started Downtown Sherman Now in 1992, as a non-profit to get donations to help restore the Municipal Building.  Most recently, Downtown Sherman Now is responsible for greening up downtown Sherman by planting all the trees around the area.  Their goal is to promote and revitalize downtown Sherman.
    There are several upcoming events which include the monthly "Coffee with the Mayor."  They are also having a "Craft the Night Away" event where thirty different breweries will have craft beer available.  In October, they will have a wine tasting event with some great food.
    The city's organization, Main Street, applied for and received Main Street status from the state of Texas.  During the month of February, the have a Mardi Gras Bead Crawl event where you can turn in your downtown merchant receipts and be entered into a fabulous drawing.  
    They sponsor Christmas in July where many local businesses and non-profits will host many children's games and activities.  There will be a bicycle parade, live entertainment, a Hawaiian shirt contest.  Santa will even be there while on vacation.  
    In October, they will host Trick-or-Treat on Travis Street.  New this year will be a St. Patrick's Day parade on March 16th.
    The Sherman Cultural District represents both a geographic area, encompassing cultural sites, restaurants, museums and theaters, and a partnership, comprising the many arts and cultural groups that call Sherman home. Their partners are dedicated to advocating for and promoting the arts and humanities that represent our community. The Cultural District Advisory Council is hosted by Austin College in cooperation with the City of Sherman.
    The mission of the Sherman Cultural District is to advocate for the arts and artists, improve the built environment, promote arts-based tourism and economic growth, and create opportunity for inclusive cultural and civic engagement with art in all forms.  They will display art all over the downtown area representing thirty-six local artists.
    The recently had their "Art Dash."  Those who bought tickets were allowed to "dash" to the art wall and choose an original piece of artwork created on a 5x5 canvas.
    These three organizations have revitalized downtown Sherman making it a great place to visit on a regular basis.