ArtPlace Announces 90 Finalists for its 2015 National Grants Program Including Groups in the Carolinas

ArtPlace is proud to announce the 90 projects that have been selected as finalists for consideration for its 2015 National Grants Program.  Each of these finalists have proposed opportunities for the arts to play an explicit and intentional role in a community development project that seeks to strengthen the social, physical, and economic fabric of a community.

In total, ArtPlace received 1283 letters of inquiry. These finalists’ projects are proposed for communities of all sizes across the country, with 25% of finalists proposing rural projects, 4% representing suburban communities, and 71% taking place in urban centers.

Of the finalist projects, 89% of them were proposed by organizations that have never before been a finalist for ArtPlace’s National Grant Program.

ArtPlace’s next round of National Grant Program recipients will be announced in June 2015.  To date, ArtPlace has invested $56.8 million in 189 projects in 122 communities of all sizes across the US through its National Grants Program.

The only recipients in the Carolinas include:

Charlotte, NC – LATIBAH Collard Green Museum (http://www.latibahmuseum.org/)

This project uses grassroots neighborhood-based arts and cultural programming to facilitate inclusive community development practices in West Charlotte, the historical space of many low-income Blacks & Latinos currently at risk of losing urban space. Using folk and vernacular arts, we identify a vision of community determined health and wellbeing.

Lake City, SC – Community Museum Society, Inc. (http://cmslc.org/)

The Crossroads project aims to connect two very distinct communities within Lake City physically through a safe pedestrian walkway from our human services district to our cultural center as well as through the arts, by establishing a trail of community selected art bringing the cultural area into the low SES district and giving citizens a voice.

For further info visit (http://www.artplaceamerica.org/).

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