This grant program funds innovative, arts-based ideas that inspire diverse groups of participants to be more active, involved, and civically-engaged by creating together.
Arts and culture are a fundamental part of our community that help us connect with one another and better understand history, people, and new ideas. They bring beauty and inspiration and encourage conversation. They are also an important economic driver that improves our quality of life, health, and well being. Participation in cultural activities (as opposed to spectatorship) connects people to each other and to their community institutions, providing pathways to other forms of engagement.
Arts and culture can create opportunities for political expression, community dialogue, shared cultural experiences, and civic work. When people become involved in the design, creation, and upkeep of places, they develop a vested interest in using and maintaining these spaces. When they have a true sense of “ownership” or connection to the places they frequent, the community becomes a better place to live, work, and visit. The residents’ feelings of respect and responsibility for the place bonds them to that place and to each other. No architect or town planner can design or build a place that does that. Including young people as meaningful contributors to the social and economic aspects of community building must not be overlooked and cannot be left to schools and parents alone.
Projects must be designed to provide broad access to arts experiences, address community quality of life issues through the arts, or enhance the sustainability of cultural enterprises. Art must be central to the project, and the proposal must reflect an informed understanding of the particular art form(s) being used, as well as of the communities being served.
The projects may use any art form—visual/conceptual art, photography, new media, video, dance, theater/performance art, music, creative writing, or other forms. Priority will be given to projects based in low-income neighborhoods, Title 1 public schools, and communities in need.
Grant timeline: Proposed projects may take place between May 2020 to June 1, 2021
Applications are due by March 6, 2020. All application materials must be received by 5 p.m. in the digital platform SlideRoom. Applicants will be notified of their status by April 2020.
For additional details, please visit ashevillearts.com/programs/arts-build-community-grant.