FY 2011 OUR TOWN GRANTS
Some details of the projects listed below are subject to change, contingent upon prior Endowment approval.
Alaska Arts Southeast, Inc. (aka Sitka Fine Arts Camp)
To support the Sitka Festival of the Arts, Humanities, and Natural Sciences. The 10- week festival will serve as the first step toward transforming the former Sheldon Jackson College campus, a 19-building /20-acre National Historic Landmark site, into a multidisciplinary arts education campus for residents of and visitors to Sitka, Alaska.
International Sonoran Desert Alliance
To support the creation of a master plan for the adaptive re-use of multiple buildings and outdoor spaces in Ajo's Plaza and Town Center. The project builds upon International Sonoran Desert Alliance's award-winning, decade-long collaboration with Pima County on arts-focused projects in Ajo. The project will specifically address public space use, streetscape design, future public art sites, and linkages between all sites adapted for creative uses.
Tucson-Pima Arts Council, Inc.
To support cultural asset mapping and community engagement for Tucson's Historic Warehouse Arts District. The mapping process will include an inventory of the local creative economy in the Warehouse Arts Triangle and an analysis of the economic, real estate, and social impact of arts and cultural activity in this area.
City of Little Rock, Arkansas
Little Rock, AR
To support the design phase for the creation of a cultural corridor on Main Street in downtown Little Rock. The City will develop plans for mixed-use buildings on Main Street that will host space for not-for-profit artist organizations and will offer affordable housing for artists.
City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs
Los Angeles, CA
To support master planning and design for the Watts Historic Train Station Visitors Center and connecting Artist Pathways. The project will enhance and integrate a number of significant cultural sites in the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles, using the arts, mass transit, and environmental sustainability strategies to improve navigability and quality of life for residents and visitors.
Los Angeles County Arts Commission
Los Angeles, CA
To support an inventory and analysis of cultural assets in the Willowbrook neighborhood of Los Angeles County. A community outreach and mapping process will identify cultural assets, creative opportunities, and challenges and priorities for creative development in Willowbrook and neighboring communities.
East Bay Center for the Performing Arts
To support the commissioning of an interactive art installation by new media artist Scott Snibbe. The work will feature professionally choreographed and video-recorded movements of Richmond youth, reflecting both the diversity of the local population and the multicultural dance, rhythm, and performance programs taught and performed at the center.
City of San Diego, California (aka Commission for Arts and Culture)
San Diego, CA
To support design, planning, and community engagement for a public art plan for the Village at Market Creek. A new “arts overlay” will build upon the award-winning community planning process that has revitalized this 60-acre neighborhood, once known for its severe blight, into a destination built on multicultural assets within the community.
City of San Jose, California
San Jose, CA
To support Silicon Valley Inside/Out, a collaboration of the city's Office of Cultural Affairs Public Art Program and not-for-profit organization ZER01. Silicon Valley Inside/Out will promote the development of art and technology partnerships to build a more visually dynamic downtown, including technology-activated public art projects that explore San Jose's identity as an “interactive city.”
City of Fort Collins, Colorado
Fort Collins, CO
To support the creation of the Rocky Mountain Regional Arts Incubator (RMRAI)in the historic Carnegie building in downtown Fort Collins. The RMRAI will offer students and professionals a multitude of services to assist them in creating, redefining, and sustaining their creative careers in the new economy, including educational courses, internships, continuing education for practicing artists, and gallery and performance spaces.
Horace Bushnell Memorial Hall Corporation
(aka The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts)
To support the third phase of the iQuilt project, an arts-based economic development plan designed to capitalize on Hartford's unique heritage and cultural assets. Phase Three includes the design of Bushnell Park North and the inauguration of the Hartford Innovations Festival, an event honoring the wealth of cultural and technological innovations that have origins in Hartford.
City of New Haven, Conneticut
New Haven, CT
To support the expansion of Project Storefronts. The program matches individual artists, not-for-profits, and teams of creative workers who possess an entrepreneurial spirit with small business counselors and property owners that have vacant storefronts in New Haven's Ninth Square Historic District.
Friends of the Bass Museum, Inc. (aka Bass Museum of Art)
Miami Beach, FL
To support a new public art program that includes a curated selection of temporary, outdoor projects and local residencies for international artists. The art works will activate the City Center/Arts District of Miami Beach, a roughly 40-block area that is home to many of South Florida's most prominent cultural facilities and institutions.
Opa-locka Community Development Corporation, Inc.
To support the design and planning of new public spaces in Opa-locka's Magnolia North neighborhood. Magnolia North was sealed off in the 1980s with metal barricades, intended to isolate and mitigate high levels of crime and violence at that time. A community-wide collaborative design process will address the removal of barricades, redesign of intersections as inviting entryways to a revitalized residential and mixed-use neighborhood, and development of new public open spaces with environmentally functional landscape design.
To support the development of plans for the Traditional Hawaiian Cultural Center and related programming that showcases and supports contemporary native Hawaiian visual artists and traditional cultural practitioners. The cultural center will include classroom space; performance space for hula, music and other traditional practices; and live/work space for artists and their families.
Trey McIntyre Project
To support community engagement and outreach performances by Trey McIntyre Project (TMP). TMP will remain in Boise rather than tour in order to catalyze cross-cultural involvement with the arts and to collaborate with the Cityto bring dance performances into the everyday lives and environments of hospitals, schools, and public places.
City of Evanston, Illinois
To support an architectural study and financial plan for a performing arts and community center in downtown Evanston. The study and plan will propose potential scenarios for the rehabilitation, development, and programming of multiple sites, including the Varsity Theater, a former movie palace.
City of Dubuque, Iowa
To support planning and design related to the Dubuque Historic Millwork District (HMD). The HMD contains more than one million square feet of historic warehouse space ideal for renovation, restoration, and adaptive re-use as cultural facilities and artist live/work spaces.
City of New Orleans
New Orleans, LA
To support the creation of Claiborne Corridor Cultural Collaborative Plan (C4 Plan). The C4 Plan will be developed as a cohesive cultural plan that integrates arts and culture into the ongoing revitalization of New Orleans' historic and major thoroughfare, Claiborne Boulevard, including the corridor's infrastructure, streetscapes, transportation, housing, and community facilities.
Shreveport Regional Arts Council (aka SRAC)
To support technical design for CommonLink, an arts-based interactive transportation and information station in the new Shreveport Common cultural district. The station will be a pilot for other future stations throughout Shreveport.
Terra Moto, Inc. (aka Art At Work)
To support a program that places multidisciplinary artists in residence in neighborhoods, leading to a public art installation in each neighborhood and a citywide festival that celebrates the neighborhoods and the art they created. Artists and facilitators will be paired with local neighborhood associations to lead arts-centered explorations of each neighborhood's history, place, identity, personal stories, and vision planning.
Maryland Institute (aka Maryland Institute College of Art)
To support an initiative that will expand art and design programming, public art, and improvements to underutilized indoor and outdoor spaces in Baltimore's Station North Arts and Entertainment District. The project will culminate in a national symposium on the policy, economic development, and cultural impacts of arts & entertainment districts.
Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art Foundation, Inc. (aka MASS MoCA)
North Adams, MA
To support planning activities for arts-based living space, workspace, and presentation space in downtown North Adams. The proposed initiative will link two distinct projects: the creation of live/work space in the River Street neighborhood for visiting artists and the revitalization of the underutilized Mohawk Theater.
Massachusetts College of Art and Design
To support planning and programming to establish a central role for design in the economic and cultural evolution of Boston's Innovation District. With 1,000 acres of residential, commercial, and industrial space on South Boston's waterfront, the Innovation District is evolving as a place where creative arts, entrepreneurship, and technology coalesce.
University Cultural Center Association
To support development of an integrated public art plan for the Sugar Hill Arts District, a two city-block radius in Midtown Detroit. The project will align with several other redevelopment efforts focused on Midtown Detroit.
ArtPrize Grand Rapids (aka ArtPrize)
Grand Rapids, MI
To support ArtPrize 2011, an art competition and event open to artists worldwide, in partnership with the Grand Rapids Downtown Development Authority. All submissions are hosted by museums, businesses, restaurants, stores, parks, and other existing spaces within a three-square-mile area of Grand Rapids, Michigan, during a free, two-week festival.
Hennepin Theatre Trust
To support a planning process for the revitalization of Hennepin Avenue as a cultural corridor. The project will engage neighborhood groups, arts organizations, institutions and the business community to develop a plan for Hennepin Avenue that will map cultural assets, propose arts uses for underdeveloped spaces, and foster economic vitality.
Mississippi Museum of Art, Inc.
To support educational programming, performances, and related activities for the new Art Garden. A signature event, the Town Creek Arts Festival, will inaugurate the new space.
Metropolitan Arts Council of Greater Kansas City
(aka Arts Council of Metropolitan Kansas City)
Kansas City, MO
To support the predevelopment, design, and community planning phases of the restoration of the Boone Theater in Kansas City's 18th& Vine Jazz District. The project is designed to strengthen the existing arts and cultural district by transforming a blighted, vacant space, which currently separates critical venues from each other, into a vibrant cultural center that provides continuous programming in coordination with other live music presenters in the district.
To support design analyses, community interviews, and planning for an exhibition about land use in Sarpy County, Nebraska. Emerging Terrain will work with Sarpy County Tourism, the Sarpy County Board of Commissioners, the Sarpy County Historical Society and Museum, GIS experts, and landscape photographer Alex MacLean to research, visually document, and identify changes over time in the regional land grid on a parcel-by-parcel basis.
Wallkill River School, Inc.
To support the development of economic strategies for long-term, sustainable partnerships between the arts and agriculture in Orange County. Project activities include a study on the economic impact of the arts, community workshops, planning meetings, and arts programming to integrate arts into the rural communities of the county.
New York City Department of Cultural Affairs
New York, NY
To support Space for Art, a community arts engagement program that places artists in residence at senior centers across the five boroughs of New York City. Local artists selected through a competitive process will be given free studio space and a stipend in exchange for creating programming for seniors and cultural interactions with the community.
City of Wilson, North Carolina
To support the repair and conservation of internationally recognized artist Vollis Simpson’s original large-scale Whirligigs in the City of Wilson, North Carolina. The project will serve as a national model by establishing conservation protocols for vernacular art, and generating new employment and training opportunities associated with the conservation of Simpson’s artworks.
City of Fargo, North Dakota
To support a participatory public art process. Residents of a selected Fargo neighborhood will work with ecological artist Jackie Brookner to design and transform an existing stormwater detention basin into a neighborhood commons.
Artspace Projects, Inc. (aka Artspace)
To support the design of the Artspace Hamilton Lofts in Hamilton, Ohio. The Artspace Hamilton Lofts will convert two vacant, four-story historic buildings in downtown Hamilton into a 36-unit affordable live/work facility that will serve artists and their families, provide 3,000 square feet of street-front space for retail activities, and create a new exterior walkway and pedestrian plaza that will physically link the project to the surrounding neighborhood.
Greater Columbus Arts Council, Inc.
To support a program of public art projects along the riverfront in Columbus. In conjunction with upcoming bicentennial celebrations for the city, public art will transform a seven block area surrounding the State House and riverfront to create memorable experiences for workers, citizens, and visitors.
To support Phase Two of the development of a Creative Assets Mapping Database for the City of Philadelphia. The database will serve as a technological, community, and economic development tool that represents the range of organizations and individuals active in Philadelphia's creative and cultural economy.
City of Providence, Rhode Island (aka Department of Art, Culture, and Tourism)
To support the Creative Capital Hub project. Arts programming and new urban design plans will help transform Greater Kennedy Plaza from a bus terminal with disconnected parks to a grand plaza and central gathering place for Providence's residents, tourists, and workers.
City of Charleston, South Carolina
To support the transformation of a neglected open space to create the Gaillard Center Arts Precinct. The design and planning for the precinct will complement the city's $142 million renovation of the Galliard Center and create a civic destination for artistic activity, including outdoor public performance spaces.
Allied Arts of Greater Chattanooga (aka Allied Arts)
To support the reclamation of a vacant lot to create the Main Terrain, a new urban park adjacent to Main Street in Chattanooga's Southside neighborhood. The park will feature as many as five iconic interactive sculptures that invite users to engage in physical play and fitness, building upon local efforts to redevelop and revitalize the once desolate Southside neighborhood as a dynamic and creative district.
City of Memphis, Tennessee
To support the ongoing development of artist live/work space in Memphis' South Main Arts District. Project activities include site selection, design development, financial modeling, and planning work to develop artist live/work space.
City of El Paso
El Paso, TX
To support the design of a pedestrian green space that will connect the Union Plaza Entertainment District to the Cultural Arts District in downtown El Paso. The area between the districts includes a publicly inaccessible parking lot, railroad tracks, and industrial loading docks that serve as physical barriers.
University of Houston
To support a series of public art installations, new media initiatives, and cultural planning activities. Project activities will help revitalize the civic pride, community character, and historic value of Houston's Third Ward neighborhood.
Ballroom Cultural Arts Foundation (aka Ballroom Marfa)
To support a multi-stage improvement plan for Vizcaino County Park. The park comprises several acres of scenic desert on the northeastern edge of Marfa and will serve as permanent home for the Drive-In, a new outdoor venue for music, film, and performing arts.
City of San Angelo, Texas
San Angelo, TX
To support the commissioning of public art and creation of unique public spaces along the Concho River Trail in San Angelo. The project will implement a portion of the River Corridor Master Plan, developed as part of a community-wide engagement process that has identified revitalization of the riverfront trail as a key priority for local citizens.
Burlington City Arts Foundation (aka BCA)
To support the development of a master plan for City Hall Park, a green space at the center of Burlington's economic and civic life. Community outreach events, artist-led visioning sessions, and town hall meetings will inform the redesign of City Hall Park in downtown Burlington.
Evergreen State College
To support a series of community art-making residencies to create small- and large-scale public art in preparation for the Squaxin Island Tribe's hosting of the annual Tribal Canoe Journey. Skilled carvers, weavers, bead workers, printmakers, and performing artists will teach their art forms to an intergenerational group of emerging artists in the Squaxin community and at the Longhouse Education and Cultural Center at Evergreen College in Olympia, Washington.
City of Tacoma, Washington (aka Tacoma Arts Commission)
To support a collaborative process for the redesign of Tacoma Art Museum Plaza and the surrounding Pacific Avenue streetscape. Pacific Avenue is downtown Tacoma's main street and a nexus of major cultural and community assets; however, it is currently an underutilized deadzone with limited pedestrian use and long, unattractive stretches of concrete.
City of Charleston, West Virginia
To support a series of cultural planning activities to strengthen the role of public art in Charleston. Planning activities will include development of policies and guidelines for public art, a complete inventory of existing public art including short term and long term maintenance needs, identification of priority sites for future public art pieces, educational and community outreach, and establishing a local arts development organization through city government.
Wormfarm Institute, Inc.
To support the planning, piloting, and evaluation of Farm/Art D-Tour. Guided and self-led tours will take place primarily along rural roads in northern Sauk County, Wisconsin, featuring farm-based, ephemeral art installations and performances; artist designed and built mobile farm stands; and interpretative signage about rural culture and the local arts, food, and farming communities.
Nicolaysen Art Museum
To support a pilot process by which public art is integrated into a low-income housing community in Casper. An experienced artist will be selected to work with developers and residents to design and plan for public art and green space that will serve as a gathering place for residents of the housing complex and the local community.
National Endowment for the Arts · an independent federal agency
1100 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20506