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Phoenix Office of Arts & Culture Announces 2017 – 2018 Neighborhood Arts Grants AwardeesPhoenix Office of Arts & Culture Announces 2017 – 2018 Neighborhood Arts Grants Awardees<div class="ExternalClass31E4BB6E47B445B1AE2C166C6D6148CF"><p></p><div>Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture is pleased to announce the recipients of the inaugural Neighborhood Arts Grants program for 2017-2018. Through a $30,084 grant provided by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the Office of Arts and Culture will partner with nonprofit groups to sponsor eleven projects in eleven Phoenix neighborhoods.</div><div>“Thanks to the support of the National Endowment for the Arts, we are proud to have this opportunity to offer grant funding to neighborhood arts projects that emerge from the vision and talents of the people who live and work in communities across Phoenix,” says Gail Browne, Executive Director for the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture. “This new grant program is a complement to the general operating and project grants we have offered to arts and culture organizations since 1986.  In partnership with the NEA we will continue the Neighborhood Arts Grants Program in 2017-2018, and, hopefully, beyond.”</div><div><br></div><div>The Neighborhood Arts Grant encourages partnerships between artists, arts and culture organizations, neighborhood community groups and businesses, bringing them together to propose temporary or permanent arts projects that address community needs.</div><div><br></div><div>To be eligible for funding a project must include a neighborhood partner (such as a neighborhood association, block watch, coalition, or similar organization dedicated to serving the needs of the neighborhood), and an arts and culture partner.  At least one partner must be registered as a non-profit organization with tax-exempt status under Section 501 (C) 3 of the IRS code or apply with a fiscal agent.</div><div><br></div><div>To build awareness of the new program, the Office of Arts and Culture worked closely with the City’s Neighborhood Services Department and held information sessions at community centers throughout the city. Applications were reviewed by community panelists and were ranked using the following criteria: artistic quality, neighborhood engagement quality, project partnership, budget and administrative ability.</div><div><br></div><div>The following projects received individual awards between $2,024 and $3,395:</div><div><br></div><div>Broadway Heritage Neighborhood Association – Butterfly Garden Fence      </div><div>Cordova Neighborhood Association – Garden Signs    </div><div>Evans Churchill Neighborhood – Yoga and Jazz Series </div><div>Grandview Neighborhood Association – Humm Mural </div><div>Grant Park Neighborhood Fightback – Grant Park Mural </div><div>Laveen Community Council – Love of Laveen Community Arts and Reading Space</div><div>Maryvale Revitalization Corp. – Traveling Cacti                 </div><div>Remain, Reclaim, Reimagine – South Phoenix Youth Movement Pt. 1 </div><div>Sí Se Puede Neighborhood Association – Conocen Sus Derechos               </div><div>Wilson Coalition – Celebration at Wilson School</div><div>Woodlea Melrose Neighborhood – Melrose Little Park, Big Mural </div><div> </div><div><strong>National Endowment for the Arts</strong></div><div>The National Endowment of the Arts announced on June 14, 2017 that it has awarded a second year of funding to the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture for the Neighborhood Arts Grants program.  This grant is part of a total $475,000 in grants awarded to 16 Arizona arts organizations. “The arts reflect the vision, energy, and talent of America’s artists and arts organizations,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu.  “The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to support such organizations as the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture” in serving their communities by providing excellent and accessible arts experiences.”<br><br></div><div>Information about the 2018 Neighborhood Arts Grants program will be available in early 2018 on the Office of Arts and Culture’s website: <a href="/arts/grants-program">phoenix.gov/arts/grants-program</a>.</div><div><br><strong>About Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture </strong></div><div>The Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture, established by the Phoenix City Council in 1985, works to foster a sense of cultural identity, celebrate diversity and ensure an outstanding quality of community life. For more information on the Office of Arts and Culture, visit <a href="/arts">phoenix.gov/arts</a> or call 602-262-4637.  Follow the Office on Facebook: <a href="http://www.facebook.com/phxofficeofartsandculture">facebook.com/phxofficeofartsandculture</a> and Twitter: <a href="https://twitter.com/phxarts_culture">@phxarts_culture</a>.</div><div><br></div></div>7/28/2017 7:00:00 AMMatthew Heil602-534-0108