Congrats to ArtPlace America grant finalists

Recently, ArtPlaceAmerica announced its 70 finalists for their National Creative Placemaking Fund.The National Creative Placemaking Fund (NCPF) is one of four ArtPlace programs. The NCPF is designed to invest in planning and development projects that deploy arts and culture to strengthen their community.

We at OCDCA are so excited to note that two of our members were listed on this finalist list.

Congrats to East Akron Neighborhood Development Corporation and Walnut Hills Redevelopment Foundation in Cincinnati!

Here is an overview of each organization’s projects, from the ArtPlace America website:

East Akron, OH is an older neighborhood distinguished by both its rich history of community advocacy and its current challenges of vacancy and disinvestment. StormWaterColors creates rain gardens, providing environmental and community benefits to the neighborhood, specifically by creating urban green space, improving air and water quality, reducing energy consumption, and layering public art as an essential aspect of vacant land redevelopment, establishing public gathering and recreational spaces.

Walnut Hills has one of the highest poverty, unemployment, and crime rates in Cincinnati, OH. Childhood obesity and infant mortality rates are among the worst in the City. The last grocery store recently closed after 33 years. CoMotion combines three community places: a store for locally-produced goods with fresh produce and uniquely prepared foods, a shop serving ethically-sourced coffee, and a social gathering spot. Walnut Hills GO! does community engagement using music and mini-art craft to understand what residents want their neighborhood to become.

Congratulations to both organizations for becoming a finalist in one of the most competitive grant programs in the country. We wish you both the best of luck in the next phase!

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