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Utah Arts & Museums Applauds NEA “Our Town” Grant to Salt Lake City – 31 July 2014

Utah Arts & Museums congratulates the Sorenson Unity Center and Salt Lake City Arts Council, recently announced as recipients of $75,000 in funding from the National Endowment for the Arts’ “Our Town” program. This funding category represents the NEA’s investment in creative placemaking, which funds projects that leverage the arts and engage design to make communities more livable with enhanced quality of life, increased creative activity, a distinct sense of place, and vibrant local economies that together capitalize on their existing assets.

The Sorenson Unity Center and Salt Lake City Arts Council’s project will support community engagement and diverse arts programming in the west-side neighborhoods of Salt Lake City. Project activities include the commissioning of public artworks, implementing guidelines and a standard review process for public art, engaging youth to serve as civic arts ambassadors, and hosting panel discussions to involve the community in implementation of arts priorities identified in the West Salt Lake Master Plan. Salt Lake City, Salt Lake Arts Council Foundation, and American Institute of Architects Utah Chapter will partner on engagement and public art selection.

“The NEA is leading a national conversation around how to do community development where the arts play a central role in bringing together diverse voices and perspectives to positively impact residents and visitors alike,” said the NEA’s newly appointed Chairman Jane Chu.

“We are so pleased to see Utah’s creative community efforts awarded at the national level in such a highly competitive program,” said Utah Arts & Museums Director Lynnette Hiskey. “We hope this recognition will draw attention to other creative community-building projects in Utah and inspire communities to partner with arts organizations and museums in solving problems and strategically shaping the physical and social characters of their neighborhoods.”

Link to announcement on NEA website: http://arts.gov/national/our-town/grantee/2014/salt-lake-city-corporation

Link to NEA “Our Town” project description: http://arts.gov/grants-organizations/our-town