Rail Trail Receives a $412,000 ArtPlace America Grant for Public Art

June 25, 2014 10:20 am

Charlotte Mecklenburg Community Foundation adds $20,000 to kick-off public art planning

Charlotte Center City Partners announced today that our project, the Charlotte Rail Trail, is a recipient of one of 55 grants awarded by ArtPlace America (ArtPlace) for 2014. Partially funded by the Knight Foundation, the grants are awarded annually to support creative placemaking across the country. The $412,000 grant will support the development and execution of public art along the proposed trail. The Rail Trail project seeks to elevate public art as a major tactic creating an engaging “linear park” that invites our community to discover new parts of our urban neighborhoods.

“We are grateful to be a recipient of this prestigious 2014 ArtPlace

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America grant, which allows us to animate the Rail Trail with unique placements of public art that will bring the trail to life,” said Michael Smith, President & CEO of Charlotte Center City Partners. “This grant provides us the needed funding to hire a master public artist and commission numerous pieces of public art along the Rail Trail.”

We are also pleased to be the recipient of an additional grant of $20,000 by the Charlotte Mecklenburg Community Foundation, an affiliate of the Foundation for the Carolinas. We are grateful for this grant that will guide implementation of both the design and activation of dynamic public art projects along the Rail Trail.

Once chosen, the master public artist will create the Arts Master Plan. In total, ArtPlace funding will support implementation of five projects identified in the plan—both temporary and permanent. Additional local and national artists will be chosen to complete the proposed projects. The McColl Center for Art + Innovation and the Arts & Science Council will be our partners throughout the process.

A community meeting will be held in late August for those who want to get involved and to share more information about the Framework Plan for the Charlotte Rail Trail. More information about Charlotte’s Rail Trail can be found at www.charlotterailtrail.org.

About Charlotte Center City Partners

Charlotte Center City Partners envisions and implements strategies and actions to drive the economic, social and cultural development of Charlotte’s Center City. The organization’s vision is to help create a viable, livable, memorable, and sustainable Center City with modern infrastructure, a tapestry of unique neighborhoods, and a diversity of thriving businesses. For complete information about Charlotte Center City Partners, visit www.charlottecentercity.org.

About ArtPlace America

ArtPlace America (ArtPlace) advances the field of creative placemaking, in which art and culture plays an explicit and central role in shaping communities’ social, physical, and economic futures. To date, ArtPlace has awarded $56.8 million through 189 grants to projects serving 122 communities across 42 states and the District of Columbia. ArtPlace is a collaboration among the Barr Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, The Ford Foundation, The James Irvine Foundation, The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, The Kresge Foundation, The McKnight Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The William Penn Foundation, The Rockefeller Foundation, Rasmuson Foundation, The Surdna Foundation, and two anonymous donors.

ArtPlace seeks advice and counsel from its close working relationships with the following federal agencies: the National Endowment for the Arts, the US Departments of Housing and Urban Development, Health and Human Services, Agriculture, Education, and Transportation, along with leadership from the White House Office of Management and Budget and the Domestic Policy Council. ArtPlace has additional partnership from six major financial institutions: Bank of America, Citi, Deutsche Bank, Chase, MetLife and Morgan Stanley.

The deadline for submission for a 2015 grant application will be announced later this year. For more information or to join ArtPlace’s mailing list, visit www.artplaceamerica.org. For additional information about ArtPlace contact: Bow Bridge Communications, LLC, New York City, Libby Mark, Managing Principal, 917- 968-5567, info@bow-bridge.com.

About Charlotte Mecklenburg Community Foundation

The Charlotte Mecklenburg Community Foundation was established in 2001 by local leaders to encourage philanthropy and secure resources to address local issues. The Foundation brings together charitable donors, community leaders and nonprofit organizations to make positive impacts throughout the Charlotte-Mecklenburg community. The Charlotte Mecklenburg Community Foundation is an affiliate of Foundation For The Carolinas—a philanthropic and charitable services organization serving 13 counties in North and South Carolina, which provides experienced staff, administrative support and fiduciary management.

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