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National Endowment for the Arts Recommends $50,000 in Our Town Program Grant Funding for Tacoma

-- Funding to Support Development of a Culture and Transportation Plan for Theater District -- 

Tacoma, Wash. -- National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu announced 64 awards totaling $4.3 million supporting projects across the nation through the NEA’s Our Town Grant Program.  The City of Tacoma is one of the NEA’s recommended organizations, for an award of $50,000 to support the development of a culture and transportation plan for the heart of Tacoma's Theater District. 

“Great cities have great public spaces that focus on how people intuitively interact with them. Our partnership with the Broadway Center for the Performing Arts and Pierce Transit will help enhance the public, semi-public and private spaces in the heart of our Theater District," said Mayor Marilyn Strickland. “This project will benefit residents and visitors in the region by improving access and promoting more activities that support the arts, culture and recreation."

“Artists, cultural organizations, and the broader public will be engaged in the redesign of an important gathering and transportation hub in the Theater District to increase access, improve use for cultural activities, strengthen our connection to the region, and enhance the look and feel of spaces through quality design and public art,” said Tacoma Arts Administrator Amy McBride. 

The NEA’s Our Town Grant Program received 240 applications this year, and will make awards ranging from $25,000 to $100,000. 

 

“For six years, Our Town has made a difference for people and the places where they live, work and play,” said Chu. “Projects such as the one led by the City of Tacoma help residents engage the arts to spark vitality in their communities.”
 
For a complete list of projects recommended for Our Town Grant Program support, please visit the NEA website atarts.gov. For more information about the City of Tacoma’s Arts Program, please visit cityoftacoma.org/arts.
 
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