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Redline Receives NEA Award

Jul 19 2012

RedLine Art in Denver, CO Grant: $25,000

In the middle of Denver is Sustainability Park, where an Urban Farmers Collaborative have established three urban gardens and Feed Denver has installed an aquaponics system growing koi and tilapia. The arts collective RedLine Art, City of Denver, and seven additional organizations will collaborate on A Village Environment, a project within the city’s Sustainability Park that involves the creation of public sculptures that will produce renewable energy. The public sculptures will be commissioned via a competitive selection process, with the requirement of artistic excellence and the ability to generate power. Accompanying programs and workshops led by artists will engage the community on the benefits of integrating sustainable design into daily life.

Senator Michael Bennett shared that “this NEA Award speaks to RedLine Art’s hard work. I hope the award goes a long way to advance the vision of RedLine”.

Through Our Town, the NEA supports creative placemaking projects that help transform communities into lively, beautiful, and sustainable places with the arts at their core. The grantee projects will improve quality of life, encourage creative activity, create community identity and a sense of place, and help revitalize local economies. All Our Town grant awards were made to partnerships that consisted of a minimum of a not-for-profit organization and a local government entity.

“Cities and towns are transformed when you bring the arts – both literally and figuratively – into the center of them,” said NEA Chairman Landesman. “From Teller, Alaska to Miami, Florida, communities are pursuing creative placemaking, making their neighborhoods more vibrant and robust by investing in the performing, visual, and literary arts. I am proud to be partnering with these 80 communities and their respective arts, civic, and elected leaders.”

NEA Director of Design Jason Schupbach said, “It’s an exciting time for evolution and exploration in the creative peacemaking field, and I’m certain this year’s Our Town Grants will bear fruit for their communities and lessons for the field as a whole.