ASC, City of Charlotte Receive $100,000 NEA Our Town Grant

(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) – The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) announces 80 Our Town grant awards totaling $4.995 million and reaching 44 states and the District of Columbia.  The Arts & Science Council (ASC) in partnership with the City of Charlotte will receive $100,000 to commission public artwork to help in the revitalization of the North Tryon Street Corridor from Dalton Ave. to W. 30th St./Matheson Ave..

Through Our Town, the NEA supports creative placemaking projects that help transform communities into lively, beautiful and sustainable places with the arts at their core.  The grantee projects will improve quality of life, encourage creative activity, create community identity and a sense of place, and help revitalize local economies.  All Our Town grant awards were made to partnerships that consisted of a minimum of a not-for-profit organization and a local government entity.

To improve the neighborhood livability of the North Tryon Street Corridor of Charlotte, ASC, in partnership with the City of Charlotte and McColl Center for Visual Art, is using the Our Town grant to commission public artwork as part of planned neighborhood revitalization initiatives, including a “green” streetscape infrastructure project.

The partners will work with a selected artist and residents to integrate the environmentally based artwork into the new streetscape plan, and into a proposed urban farm project by local partners Vision Ventures and Cultivatis. Project activities will include an artist selection process, a three-month residency for an environmental artist to work with local citizens and stakeholders, and the design, fabrication, and installation of public art. Together these projects will position the North Tryon Street Corridor as a model for sustainable initiatives in Charlotte, benefiting the entire center city area as well as approximately 2,700 residents, 562 businesses and more than 5,500 employees in the neighborhood.

"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."

“The Our Town grant and partnership with the City of Charlotte and McColl Center for Visual Art provides a unique opportunity to revitalize a central neighborhood through creative placemaking,” said ASC President Scott Provancher. “We are excited to help transform the North Tryon Street Corridor for future generations.”

“This grant is great news for the North Tryon Street Corridor and its residents,” said Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx.  “Strong neighborhoods are critical to a strong local economy, and I’m thankful for all the hard work done by the City, Arts & Science Council and McColl Center for Visual Art to secure this competitive award for our community.”

The NEA received 317 applications for Our Town that were assigned to one of three application review panels based on their project type; arts engagement, cultural planning and design, or non-metro and tribal communities. With only 80 grants emerging from the 317 applications, or a success rate of 25 percent, competition was strong, a testament to the artistic excellence and merit of the North Tryon Street Corridor project.

For a complete listing of projects recommended for Our Town grant support, please visit the NEA web site at arts.gov.

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