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To celebrate our latest round of Our Town grants to support creative placemaking projects, we asked our Twitter followers and Facebook fans to tell us what creative placemaking means in their communities. Read what they had to say and then add your own definition in the comments! "Through art...
As we recently announced our newest round of NEA Our Town grants to support creative placemaking projects across the country, we thought it would be fitting to take a look back at one of the projects that received support when the program debuted in 2011. In that inaugural round of funding, the...
Today we announced the third round of Our Town grants . These will bring us up to 190(!) grants in all 50 states plus DC, with all shapes and sizes of communities doing creative placemaking. Some very cool new types of projects popped up this year. For the first time ever we're funding an opera...
Matthew Fluharty (left) with Michael Strand at the June 2013 Rural Arts and Culture Summit. Photo by Michele Anderson Hosted by the University of Minnesota, Morris' Center for Small Towns and Minneapolis's Springboard for the Arts , the Rural Arts and Culture Summit took place June 5 and 6. The...
Back in April 2010---I visited York, Pennsylvania. Mayor C. Kim Bracey presented me with the Key to York, and a member of the York Revolution baseball team gave me my own Revolution jersey. Photo by NEA Staff I’ve been officially retired now for 27 days, which seems like as good a time as any...
Here's Senator Whitehouse welcoming everyone to the grants workshop and introducing me. Photo courtesy of the office of Senator Whitehouse. When I told a friend of mine I was heading to Providence, her eyes lit up. "It's always been a dream of mine to go to Providence," she said. I laughed as she...
Here I am warming up the crowd to hear from (l-r) Bob Morrison, Ayanna Hudson, Clement Price, and the other panelists for our great arts education conversation in Newark. Photo by Daniel Hedden, courtesy of NJPAC Last week I made an official visit to New Jersey. I took the train from Penn Station...
Alaska Arts Southeast, which runs the acclaimed Sitka Fine Arts Camp each summer, received a 2011 Our Town grant to support the Sitka Festival of the Arts, Humanities, and Natural Sciences. Photo by Jayleen Beedle Today we announced the second round of Our Town grantees ! I'm excited about...
Here I am during the Theater That Matters session at this year's Aspen Ideas Fest. Photo by Dan Bayer I closed out June and kicked off July at the Aspen Ideas Festival , which is just what it sounds like: a convening of leading thinkers in particular subjects. It’s an exchange of ideas---to hear...
Here I am with my fellow panelists from the creative placemaking discussion at the Arkansas Repertory Theatre in Little Rock. From l-r: Joy Pennington, Arkansas Arts Council; Beth Weidower, Arkansas Delta Rural Heritage Development Initiative; Bob Hupp, Arkansas Repertory Theatre; Warwick Sabin,...

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