City of Charlottesville, Virginia
The NEA grant will support Play the City, a series of public workshops and artist residencies, to enhance neighborhoods in Charlottesville. The project will begin with asset mapping to establish a baseline of artists, activities, infrastructure, and arts organizations in the city. Artists then will be invited to reside in Charlottesville and develop projects that build on the community's assets and celebrate their unique identity. City of Charlottesville, Piedmont Council for the Arts, and Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative will lead community workshops and select the artists that will implement public art and design ideas. This project will engage residents of the Strategic Investment Area, an area of the city designated for targeted investment and improvement. The area is home to 2,968 residents, with 338 public and low-income housing units.