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City Receives Arts-Based Community Development Award

Moreland district one of 89 National Endowment for the Arts Our Town projects selected nationwide

Dateline: July 14, 2017- National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chairman Jane Chu announced 89 awards totaling $6.89 million supporting projects across the nation through the NEA’s Our Town program.  Shaker Heights is one of the recommended organizations for a grant of $50,000 to support public art, art events, and cultural planning and design of public places for the Moreland district. The NEA received 274 eligible applications for Our Town this year and will make grants ranging from $25,000 to $100,000.

“The arts reflect the vision, energy, and talent of America’s artists and arts organizations,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to support organizations such as the Moreland district in Shaker Heights, to cultivate vitality in their community through the arts.”

“The National Endowment for the Arts award enables Shaker Heights to invest significantly in a neighborhood identity based in the arts and responsive to the community-driven Moreland Rising initiative,” said Mayor Earl Leiken. 

The NEA funds will support community conversations around re-imagining the neighborhood, a call for artists to design neighborhood gateways and historical markers to help distinguish the area, and a series of summer arts-related events in 2018 celebrating the community's assets. Ingenuity Cleveland is a partner with the City in this work to rebuild the infrastructure and improve housing for the estimated 1,760 residents of the Moreland neighborhood in Shaker Heights.

 For a complete list of projects recommended for Our Town grant support, please visit the NEA web site at The NEA recently relaunched the creative placemaking web page which has lots of resources.


Wednesday, July 26, 2017


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