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Jun 12, 2012
Last week, 47 projects from across the country were awarded grants from ArtPlace to support their use of the arts to improve quality of place and transform their communities. Among these grantees were three Guild members, Hubbard Street Dance (Chicago, IL), the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (Brooklyn, NY), and STREB Inc. (Brooklyn, NY). These programs were chosen from a pool of almost 2200 applicants. Inquiries came from 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
National Endowment for the Arts Chairmain Rocco Landesman stated, “The arts are a part of everyday life, and I am thrilled to see yet another example of arts organizations working with city, state, and federal offices to help strengthen and revitalize their communities through the arts. It is wonderful that ArtPlace and its funders have recognized this work and invested in it so generously.”
“As a result of these Artplace grants, 47 art and cultural projects will play a critical role in 33 local communities, driving the revitalization of a diverse group of neighborhoods across the country,” said philanthropist and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. “This is an important, innovative program that highlights the positive impact and essential contribution the arts can have on the economic vitality of neighborhoods and the communities they serve.”
In September, ArtPlace will release a new set of metrics to measure changes over time in the people, activity and value in the communities where ArtPlace has invested with its grants.
Hubbard Street Dance - Chicago, IL
Dance as a Learning Platform - $165,619
Using dance as a learning platform for collaboration, innovation, leadership and growth, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago will translate skills inherent in making new dances to a community of early-stage technology companies populating a newly created tech center in Chicago.
Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA) – Brooklyn, NY
The Soul of Brooklyn – $250,000
A collaborative effort between African Diaspora arts organizations and businesses, The Soul of Brooklyn will drive people and activity to its community through a curated monthly cultural series and intense summer series that presents arts programming in neighborhood businesses to bolster the local economy in Central Brooklyn.
STREB Inc. – Brooklyn, NY
Pop Up SLAM – $400,000
The STREB Lab for Action Mechanics (SLAM) will expand its unique programming offsite, creating “Pop Up” SLAM adaptable action zones which can occupy a myriad of public spaces including parks, vacant lots and parking lots. This project will also incorporate the design by Norwegian architecture firm Snohetta of a new façade for STREB’s Brooklyn studio.
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