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Mayor Sylvester Turner invites proposals for National Creative Places Grant

The Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, in partnership with Houston Freedmen’s Town Conservancy, is the recipient of this year’s Our Town grant sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts. Photo by Rick Gardner.

June 10, 2022 — Mayor Sylvester Turner calls for Houston’s best ideas to be approved for national Our city grant program.

Run by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Our city the grant seeks projects that integrate arts, culture, and design into local efforts that ultimately strengthen communities. Successful projects have advanced local, economic, physical and social outcomes in communities and lay the foundation for systemic change. Projects require a partnership between a non-profit organization and a local government entity, with one of the partners being a cultural organization. Matching grants range from $25,000 to $150,000, with minimum cost-sharing/matching equal to the grant amount.
“Art is important to making Houston a resilient and equitable city,” said Mayor Sylvester Turner. “I am delighted to see the creativity of our city reflected in the proposals that will be submitted for this opportunity with the NEA Our city to agree. Our artists and organizations are a testament to how far the city has come in ensuring equal access to the arts for its residents. I look forward to approving the best idea to strengthen our communities. »

The Our city The grant program supports creative place-making projects that help transform communities into vibrant, beautiful, and resilient places with the arts at their heart. Projects may include artist residencies, art festivals, community art co-creation, performance art, public art, cultural planning, cultural district planning, creative asset mapping, public art planning, artist/designer facilitated community planning, artist space design, cultural facility design, public space design, creative enterprise development and development of professional artists.

The National Endowment for the Arts limits the number of Our city grant applicants per city and requires an approval letter from the mayor. Requests that meet the City’s Resilience Plan and/or Complete communities will be the most competitive for approval.

To learn more about the Resilience Plan and Complete Communities, visit www.houstontx.gov/mayor/Resilient-Houston-20200402-double-page.pdf and www.houstontx.gov/completecommunities.

To be considered for approval, applicants must submit their concepts with confirmed artists and partners by June 28, 2022 to [email protected]

Applicants should consult the Our city grant program website, which includes tips and resources, including case studies for developing successful projects: www.arts.gov/grants-organizations/our-town/introduction.

Successful applicants will receive the required endorsement letter to include in their final submission to the National Endowment for the Arts, due August 4, 2022.

To learn more about the city’s cultural programs, visit www.houstontx.gov/culturalaffairs and follow the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs on Facebook and Instagram @HoustonMOCA.

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