UrbanArt to Fund Community Projects Through New Initiative


An art installation on Broad Avenue - URBANART COMMISSION
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  • An art installation on Broad Avenue

The UrbanArt Commission (UAC) is looking to make three community groups’ neighborhood art project ideas come to life.

Through the Neighborhood Art Initiative, three public art projects will be awarded a total of $120,000. The idea is for community organizations to incorporate public art into their current initiatives.

“We believe that creative expression has the power to unlock opportunity and transform communities,” the UAC said.

The UAC is looking for project proposals from neighborhood associations, community groups, art organizations, and nonprofits that are already engaged in a specific community.

The proposed projects should support an ongoing project or initiative in a neighborhood. The UAC suggests projects such as a mural in an existing community garden, a sculpture in a greenspace, and creative signage.

The UAC, along with a six-member selection committee, will ultimately choose projects that “enliven public spaces, highlight neighborhood identify and history, and address the needs of residents.”

Finalists will also be selected based on the level of support they garner from their community, the strength of their application, and the potential value of adding public art to its ongoing initiatives.

The commission notes that it is especially interested in applications from neighborhoods which have not recently received public art projects: “People of color, differently-abled persons, indigenous peoples, youth, LGBTQ+, seniors, and women are strongly encouraged to apply.”

Groups have until Wednesday, May 8th, to send in a proposal. More details on how to do that can be found here.

This initiative is funded largely by the Assisi Foundation, a nonprofit that financially assists other nonprofit organizations in the city.

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