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City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs Receives $50,000 Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts

Post Date:07/17/2015 11:00 AM
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 17, 2015

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City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs Receives $50,000 Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts

Atlanta one of 69 recipients selected nationwide for Our Town award

ATLANTA – The Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs (OCA) announced today that it has been awarded a $50,000 grant for the development of the Atlanta BeltLine Arts and Culture Strategic Implementation Plan from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). NEA Chairman Jane Chu announced 69 Our Town awards totaling almost $5 million through the Our Town program's fifth year of funding. The NEA received 275 applications for Our Town this year and will make grants ranging from $25,000 to $200,000.

The Our Town grant program supports creative placemaking projects that help to transform communities into lively, beautiful, and resilient places with the arts at their core. Since the program’s inception in 2011 and including these projects, the NEA will have awarded 325 Our Town grants totaling almost $26 million in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia.

“We are thrilled to receive this award,” said Camille Russell Love, OCA Executive Director. “The facilities, partnerships and programs developed as a result of the implementation plan will add to the Atlanta BeltLine’s identity as a creative place, improving the quality of life for citizens throughout the region and driving continued economic development through the arts.”

OCA will partner with Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. and Metropolitan Public Art Coalition to develop a long range implementation strategy for arts and culture along the Atlanta BeltLine through engagement with the Atlanta arts community. The plan will enable strategic and coordinated development of cultural facilities and programs alike.

"The City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs demonstrates the best in creative community development – work that will have a valuable impact on its community,” said Chairman Chu. "Through Our Town funding, arts organizations continue to spark vitality that supports neighborhoods and public spaces, enhancing a sense of place for residents and visitors alike."

For a complete listing of projects recommended for Our Town grant support, please visit the NEA web site at arts.gov. Project descriptions, grants listed by state and by project type, and resources are available as well. The NEA’s online resource, , features case studies of more than 70 Our Town projects along with lessons learned and other resources.

The City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs vision is to enhance the quality of life through arts and culture, and to contribute positively to the social and economic health of Atlanta and the region. Their mission is to promote rich, diverse and educational cultural experiences; nurture artists and arts organizations; unify Atlanta’s cultural community; preserve and protect the city’s cultural heritage; and expand Atlanta’s international reputation as a cultural destination. For news and information follow them on Facebook and visit their web site at .

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