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June 16, 2016
Historic Germantown Nashville, Inc. receives grant to strengthen economic vitality, livability and growth through the arts
NASHVILLE — Historic Germantown Nashville, Inc., along with 12 other recipients that include nonprofit organizations, cities and local governments, has been awarded a FY 2017 Creative Placemaking grant distributed by the Tennessee Arts Commission.
Historic Germantown Nashville, Inc. will use the $5,100 award for the Little’s Fish Market: Windows on Germantown Mural Project.
Historic Germantown Nashville, Inc. is targeting five blank blocked-in windows at Germantown’s Little’s Fish Market for neighborhood themed murals. The organization will host a community meeting for residents to explore ideas for the murals and select five artists to paint the murals. Summer students at Buena Vista Elementary School will also be invited to learn more about the murals.
“While modern day Germantown works on restoring and bringing Nashvillians into the urban core to live, work and play, it is no surprise that they deserve to be awarded the Tennessee Arts Commission grant. It is will great pleasure that I congratulate them and celebrate their ongoing quest for making Nashville a better place to live,” said Senator Thelma Harper.
The Creative Placemaking grants competition was designed to help build stronger communities through the arts to enhance the distinctive character of local Tennessee places for positive economic and community outcomes. Creative placemaking animates public and private spaces, rejuvenates structures and streetscapes, improves local business visibility and public safety, increases tourism and brings diverse people together to build shared understanding of culture and community.
“The mural project will serve as a way of increasing connections among community residents,” said Representative Harold M. Love, Jr. “It will enhance the neighborhood’s quality of life through original artwork painted by local artists.
In creative placemaking, partners from public, private, nonprofit and community sectors strategically shape the physical and social character of their neighborhood, town, city or region around arts and cultural activities or assets.
“These investments support local efforts to enhance quality of life, increase economic and creative activity, and help create and expand a distinct sense of place through the arts,” said Anne B. Pope, Executive Director for the Tennessee Arts Commission.
The Commission’s allocation process involved a review by an independent panel that included national experts on creative placemaking and local leaders. The panel met on May 26, 2016 to evaluate all eligible applications based on published criteria. All grant applications were evaluated on a competitive basis, taking into account the project type, geographic location and whether the project was in a rural or urban community.
With the mission to cultivate the arts for the benefit of all Tennesseans and their communities, the Commission funds a variety of arts projects through several grant categories. Each year, these grants help fund arts and cultural activities for more than 600 schools, local governments and nonprofit organizations in communities across all 95 counties. Visit tnartscommission.org for more information.