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ADVANCING THE ARTS ACROSS MARYLAND

NEA Grants to Support Arts-Based Community Outreach in Maryland

NEA Grants to Support Arts-Based Community Outreach in Maryland

NEA Grants to Support Arts-Based Community Outreach in Maryland

August 05, 2014Arts Across Maryland

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) will award 66 Our Town grants totaling more than $5 million to arts-based community projects within 38 states, NEA Chairman Jane Chu announced. Maryland is home to two of those projects, with funding recommended to the Gateway Community Development Corporation and Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) for a total of $200,000.

According to the NEA, "Our Town grants fund arts-based community development projects in a way that is authentic, equitable, and augments existing local assets." This latest round of Our Town grants brings the total of grants awarded to more than $21 million since the program began in 2011. Of those funds, $475,000 has gone to five Maryland organizations to advance development within their local communities.

The NEA grant of $100,000 to MICA will support multidisciplinary arts programming to revitalize Baltimore's the Station North Arts & Entertainment District. Working with the Baltimore Office of Promotion & the Arts, Station North Arts & Entertainment, Inc., and the Central Baltimore Partnership, artists and performers will be commissioned to enliven outdoor sites across the A&E District. Activities will include participatory dance workshops for senior residents of a public housing apartment building, and a Youth Learning Lab of Education and Applied Design run by Single Carrot Theatre. The Baltimore Art + Justice Project will capture qualitative participant feedback to evaluate the impact of project initiatives.

Gateway Community Development's NEA grant of $100,000 will support phase three of Art Lives Here, a campaign to develop a creative enterprise incubator in the Gateway A&E District of Prince George's County.The funds will help support artist work and exhibition spaces in underutilized retail space. The Gateway Community Development Corporation and Prince George's County Redevelopment Authority, will partner with the Mount Rainier Business Association, Maryland-National Capital Parks and Planning Commission, Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation and others to enliven a two-mile corridor along U.S. Route 1, serving the surrounding suburban communities.

The NEA received 275 applications for Our Town this year, and recommended grants ranging from $25,000 to $200,000. Project descriptions, as well as grants listed by state and project type are available at the NEA's Our Town page.