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Collaborative receives $35,000 Grant from NEA

NEA grant will support an exhibition and publication that shares new ideas for expanding the role of sacred places as civic spaces.

National Endowment for the Arts Acting Chairman Mary Anne Carter has approved more than $27 million in grants as part of the Arts Endowment’s first major funding announcement for fiscal year 2019. Included in the announcement is an Art Works grant of $35,000 to the Community Design Collaborative for Infill Philadelphia: Sacred Places/Civic Spaces.

Art Works is the Arts Endowment’s principal grantmaking program. The agency received 1,605 Art Works applications for this round of grantmaking and will award 972 grants in this category.

“The arts enhance our communities and our lives, and we look forward to seeing these projects take place throughout the country, giving Americans opportunities to learn, to create, to heal, and to celebrate,” said Mary Anne Carter, acting chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts.

The grant will support Infill Philadelphia: Sacred Places/Civic Spaces, a design initiative of the Community Design Collaborative and Partners for Sacred Places to re-envision underutilized, purpose-built religious properties as community hubs. Three congregations and three community organizations serving their neighborhoods are developing these visions together with the help of community asset mapping and partnerships with local design firms.

The Art Works grant will support a publication that presents the designs and findings from Sacred Places/Civic Spaces to residents throughout the Philadelphia region and to create a capstone exhibition.

“The initiative is bringing congregations and communities together to reactivate the indoor and outdoor spaces of sacred places and create a new kind of civic commons,” Elizabeth Miller, executive director of the Community Design Collaborative, said. “We’re looking forward to sharing shares the promising strategies and ideas that emerge through Sacred Places/Civic Spaces.”  

The Community Design Collaborative and Partners for Sacred Places will host a reception for the Sacred Places/Civic Spaces publication release and capstone exhibition on Tuesday, March 12, 2019.

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