New Grant Program Makes First Round of Awards
Creative City enables Boston-area artists to re-imagine places for art
(October 29, 2015 - Boston, MA) The New England Foundation for the Arts has awarded $78,500 in the first round of grants of NEFA’s newest initiative, Creative City. Creative City is a three-year pilot that will make grants to Boston area artists to create works that take place in the public realm and engage or expand access for public participation.
“These nine artists and projects highlight the creativity and history that already exists in our communities, across the city’s neighborhoods,” said Cathy Edwards, NEFA executive director. “Boston benefits because artists will engage people in the places that they live, work, and play. Together with our program advisors and grantees, we will continue to learn about the needs of area artists and how Creative City can support vibrant creative people and places. We are grateful to the Barr Foundation for their partnership in realizing this initiative.”
The nine grant recipients and their projects are:
- Jorge Arce (Roxbury) for "Cultural Plenazo-Bombazo Festival"
- Castle of our Skins (Jamaica Plain) for "Night Songs"
- Denise Delgado (Jamaica Plain) for "Bodega Signs & Wonders | Free School for Writing"
- Cedric Douglas (Quincy) for "Up Walls: A Festival of Street Art"
- Lina Maria Giraldo (Roslindale) for "City Journalist"
- Lisa Link, with Brad Bleidt and Suamy Ventura (Boston) for "InTransit: Voices & Vision"
- Makanda Project (Milton) for "The Makanda Project free community concerts"
- Anna Myer (Cambridge) for "Invisible: Imprints from Racism"
- Wen-Ti Tsen (Cambridge) for "Home Town: Re-presenting Boston's Chinatown as Place of People - Then and Now"
Projects will take place over the next 12 months, with multiple opportunities for the recipients to connect as a cohort for professional development, a key part of the initiative. More details on each artist and a description of the project can be found on NEFA’s grantee directory.
About Creative City
Creative City supports individual artists, artist collectives, and artistic collaborations in all disciplines and with roots in diverse cultures, forms, and aesthetics. Grants range from $2,500-$10,000, and an additional stipend of up to $2,500 will be available for community partners to help support presentation costs. Creative City is made possible with funding from the Barr Foundation. The next Creative City deadline is February 1, 2016. For more information about funding priorities, eligibility, and criteria, visit www.nefa.org.
NEFA builds connections among artists, arts organizations, and funders, powering the arts to energize communities in New England, the nation, and the world. NEFA is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) that operates in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the New England state arts agencies, with additional funding from foundations, corporations, individuals and other government agencies.
NEFA’s work is accomplished through grantmaking, services, and initiatives that strengthen and advance the national arts infrastructure. For more information, visit www.nefa.org or call 617.951.0010.
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