July 13, 2012
The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) yesterday announced its second round of “Our Town” grants–investments in public/private, creative placemaking partnerships. In this second round, a total of $4.995 million will be distributed to support 80 projects in 44 states and the District of Columbia. “Combined with grants from 2011, the NEA has invested $11.58 million in Our Town projects in all 50 states,” according to the NEA’s press release.
“Cities and towns are transformed when you bring the arts–both literally and figuratively–into the center of them,” said NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman. “From Teller, Alaska, to Miami, Florida, communities are pursuing creative placemaking, making their neighborhoods more vibrant and robust by investing in the performing, visual, and literary arts. I am proud to be partnering with these 80 communities and their respective arts, civic, and elected leaders.”
Click here to read the complete NEA Our Town program press release, including an array of statistics breaking down the grants, grantee types, communities, partners, etc. Caption: Map of Alaska not to scale.