Let's hear it for unique and creative public art! The Town of Chapel Hill's Public and Cultural Arts Adminstrator Jeff York has just announced a new grant opportunity out of his office to bring more public art to Downtown Chapel Hill!
From the Town's website:
The Town of Chapel Hill’s Public and Cultural Arts Office seeks to commission artists and organizations to conduct art projects that enhance and benefit downtown Chapel Hill. All media, art forms, and art-related projects will be considered, including but not limited to performances, installations, events, and cultural or educational programming. Area artists and organizations are encouraged to partner and apply. Please call the contact below to discuss project and partnership ideas before submitting a proposal.
ELIGIBILITY: This program is open to individuals and non-profit organizations based in Orange, Durham, Chatham, Alamance or Wake Counties with ties to downtown Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Selected artists and organizations must have general liability insurance.
PROJECT BUDGET: Selected projects will be funded up to $2,500. The funds received must be used for all expenses related to the concept, design and implementation of the project. Projects that provide or employ additional resources through other partnerships will be given priority. On-going projects may be eligible for additional funding.
This is an exciting time for downtown; our agency and many others in the community are embracing a more arts-driven model of economic development. Have you seen the stats from the Arts Economic Impact Study done by Americans for the Arts? The nonprofit arts and culture industry generates $85.4 million in annual economic activity in Orange County, NC —supporting 3,352 full-time equivalent jobs and generating $8.0 million in local and state government revenues!
Application deadline for this grant is September 4, 2012 -- so get those creative and artistic thoughts flowing!