The National Endowment for the Arts awarded a $100,000 grant to support art creation in Cleveland's east side neighborhoods.
LAND Studio has received an Our Town grant to implement its 50 Actions to Elevate the East: A Guide for Connecting Art & People Plan.
Elevate the East is a community-led initiative to guide public art, street and green space investments in Woodland Hills and other eastside neighborhoods, including Buckeye and Kinsman. The plan's implementation will take place over 5 years.
The grant, from the National Endowment for the Arts, is for $100,000. The money will be used to create public art projects, featuring the work of local artists. Participants will create murals, sculptures, gateways to greenspaces or commercial corridors, neighborhood wayfinding and signage.
"The timing of the NEA grant award could not have been better, given the recent announcement of the $35 million grant award to the Cleveland Metropolitan Housing Authority and City of Cleveland for the transformation of the Woodhill Estates," said Director of Cleveland City Planning Commission Freddy L. Collier, Jr.
Since 2014, LAND studeio has secured eight National Endowment for the Arts awards, totaling nearly $465,000. All of those funds were used to support public art and programming in Cleveland, including the Midtown, Buckeye and Clark-Fulton neighborhoods.
"We're pleased to help secure this corresponding funding to help celebrate these unique neighborhoods through Elevate the East," said LAND studio Executive Director Greg Peckham. "We're excited to help empower residents to shape their own neighborhoods."