City of Asylum/Pittsburgh will receive $100,000 from the National Endowment for the Arts to support artists' residencies and community-based arts projects.
The North Side-based organization will use the grant to fund public artworks and artists' residencies at the Alphabet City literary center and on the Artway Connector, an art and performance corridor. The artists will collaborate with community members and represent a range of creative disciplines, from poetry to jazz.
The NEA's Our Town grants support projects that use the arts to spur community revitalization efforts. In the third funding cycle, the NEA will award $4.725 million to 59 projects across 34 states.
"COA/P's placemaking strategy has been to engage our community by activating public streets, vacant lots, gardens, homes and community spaces," said Henry Reese, co-founder and president of City of Asylum/Pittsburgh. "And now we will activate it through Alphabet City as well, with the goal of creating a neighborhood where artists and the arts are every day, living presences."artarchitecture