By Matt Haldane for the Phoenix Business Journal
The money is coming from ArtPlace, a collaboration of 11 national and regional foundations, six banks and eight federal agencies, including the National Endowment for the Arts.
Some of the funding will go toward streetscape planning beyond the stretch from Central Avenue to Fourth Street that the city is already working on. â€œOur vision is to connect 16th Street to Grand Avenue,â€ Cindy Dach, executive director of the Roosevelt Row Community Development Corp. said. â€œThis will help fund the dialogue to help make that happen.â€
ArtPlace pooled nearly $50 million for â€œstrategic investments in the artsâ€ in communities nationwide. Of 2,100 applications, 47 were selected to receive grants.
The money will be used for three projects, all of which were specified in the application for the grant, Dach said. Roosevelt Row will put on a Feast on the Street event, do streetscape planning, and turn shipping containers into art studios.
The grant also will fund the Adaptive Reuse of Temporary Space project, creating the ARTS Village. Shipping containers are being repurposed in unique ways all over the country, Dach said, and â€œthis will be our version.â€
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