Three Phoenix Arts Organizations Awarded National "Our Town" Grant

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According to Kenny Barrett, Project Manager at Roosevelt Row CDC, the final portion of the grant money will further the organization's efforts to revitalize vacant space in Downtown Phoenix, which includes the A.R.T.S. Market and public programming.

"Cities and towns are transformed when you bring the arts -- both literally and figuratively -- into the center of them," wrote NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman in a public statement. "From Teller, Alaska, to Miami, Florida, communities are pursuing creative placemaking, making their neighborhoods more vibrant and robust by investing in the performing, visual, and literary arts. I am proud to be partnering with these 80 communities and their respective arts, civic, and elected leaders."

Our Town grants were awarded to proposals made by partnerships that consisted of a minimum of a not-for-profit organization and a local government entity. And members of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture, ASU Art Museum, and Roosevelt Row CDC all agree that the grant will continue to spark new partnerships and creative projects throughout Phoenix.

"Success builds on success," says Lebow. "And with the Placemaking grant that Roosevelt Row received this summer, and the Our Town grant announcement, it'll be exciting to see what kinds of changes we can continue to make."

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