CrSF was selected as one of 69 awardees nationwide for a National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Our Town award! The NEA received 275 applications this year and will make grants ranging from $25,000 to $200,000.The $150,000 award will support two years of design and programming for the Santa Fe Arts + Creativity Center, an affordable live/work/creation space where Santa Fe's creative workforce can develop individual and collaborative projects and learn entrepreneurial skills, as they transition from training to independence in the art markets. Watch our newsletter for announcements of programs that will happen after the grant start date, October 1. CrSF is honored to receive this grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. It will allow us to take the next steps toward a long-held community goal of providing affordable live/work units for artists and other creative professionals. With our partners, the City of Santa Fe and New Mexico Inter-Faith, we're working to build our creative economy and grow our city young, by making it possible for entrepreneurial creative people to live and work in Santa Fe.
"Creative Santa Fe demonstrates the best in creative community development and whose work will have a valuable impact on its community. Through Our Town funding, arts organizations continue to spark vitality that support neighborhoods and public spaces, enhancing a sense of place for residents and visitors alike." - Jane Chu, NEA Chairman
"The arts reveal the heart and soul of our nation. We're proud to work with the NEA to create neighborhoods of opportunity where culture is honored and creativity can flourish. Together with our partners, we'll give more Americans the chance to experience life in a vibrant and thriving community." - Julían Castro, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban DevelopmentThe Our Town grant program supports creative placemaking projects that help to transform communities intolively, beautiful, and resilient places with the arts at their core. Since the program's inception in 2011 and including these projects, the NEA will have awarded 325 Our Town grants totaling almost $26 million in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia. Visit the NEA web site at arts.gov for more information about this award. Check out this story covered in The New Mexican and in the ABQ Journal.