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Memphis Wins $225,000 Award From the National Endowment for the Arts.

July 15, 2010

National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Rocco Landesman today announced 21 grants totaling $3 million awarded through the NEA Mayors’ Institute on City Design 25th Anniversary Initiative (MICD 25).  The city of Memphis will receive $225,000.00 in support of a plan to assessment and develop new live/workspaces for artists in our urban core.

MICD25 supports creative place making projects that contribute toward the livability of communities and help transform sites into lively, beautiful, and sustainable places with the arts at their core. The grants range from $25,000 to $250,000 and are awarded to 21 communities ranging from Easton, Pennsylvania (population 26,000) to Los Angeles, California (population 9.8 million). This is the first grant program developed under Chairman Landesman leadership.

Memphis is the South’s creative capital.  For decades, our passion for artistic excellence and innovation has led to astounding accomplishments in every conceivable medium, from music to visual art to film to dance.  Planning comprehensively for the future of the arts is imperative to their continued growth and success.  This grant from the NEA’s MICD25 initiative lets us take a critical first step in developing this kind long-range plan for our city’s creative community, particularly with regard to their housing and workspace needs.  The arts have already proven to be wonderfully efficient engines for education, community revitalization, and economic development in neighborhoods throughout Memphis, particularly in our South Main Arts District.

My deepest thanks go to Chairman Landesman and the National Endowment for the Arts for furthering our ability to meet the needs of this city’s creative class.

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