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Micro Grants for Walkable Cities

Those who have traveled to Italy may have become enchanted by the custom of la passenggiata. It is the tradition of taking leisurely strolls after the work day is done, to unwind, socialize with family and friends, and keep abreast of what is happening in the neighborhood. An organic form of placemaking, it creates and sustains community. AmericaWalks is an organization that believes in the power of walking as a catalytic change agent that encourages personal, environmental, and economic health, as well as social equity. They are currently offering micro grants of up to $1,500 for projects that make walking more accessible, convenient, and appealing.

Creative Placemaking - The Our Town Grant Program

Increased tourism! Revenue upswings for local businesses! Job creation for artisans! These are all documented results of being selected for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Our Town Grant. In our NEA Art Works post, we mentioned the many ways that art is good for us. As it turns out, art is also good for the world around us too. It can encourage economic development, spur revitalization, increase civic involvement, and reinforce our sense of community.

Any Given Child - How the Kennedy Center is Institutionalizing Art Education

In a 2010 IMB survey of 1,500 CEOS, creativity was forecasted to be the most important leadership trait for upcoming generations.  Yet, classes that nurture and develop creative thinking like fine arts, drama, and music face ever increasing funding challenges. To make matters worse, not all children have equal access to art education. One foundation working to ensure that arts are part of a well-rounded curriculum is the Kennedy Center.  Their Ensuring the Arts for Any Given Child program assists communities in expanding art education for grades K-8, with a special emphasis on access and equity for all.

 

Grants for the Arts - 3 Funding Sources for 2017

Happy 2017! Everyone's new year should include a little beauty and imagination. Thus, we bring you three different art-related grants to kindle the spirit of creative expression. Whether it's fine art, performing art, music, the written word or a combination of them all, these programs will help keep your muses happy in 2017 and beyond.

Money for Murals, Music, and More!  The NEA Art Works Program

A junior high school students decides she no longer wants to skip school. A senior citizen finds he needs less pain medication. A local business district sees a dramatic increase in patronage.  What do these scenarios have in common? An increased exposure to the arts! Art tastes so good we forget it is good for us. Here are more reasons to dig up your paint brushes and revisit your favorite musical:

 

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