YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has awarded Youngstown State University a $100,000 grant to launch a public arts project in Youngstown.
The award is among the largest of NEA Our Town grants to support creative projects to transform communities. It is the largest grant that YSU has ever received from NEA.
YSU’s plan involves a collaboration between the art community and the city to revitalize infrastructure. “Changing Views | Designing Youngstown’s Future” is an interactive public exhibit at the McDonough Museum of Art that offers attendees the opportunity to join the conversation and learn more about the revitalization.
“Receiving a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts is like winning the top prize in a funding contest,” said Mike Crist, interim dean of the YSU College of Creative Arts and Communications. “The fact that this proposal was funded at the level that it was, is a stamp of approval for the goals we have set for arts engagement in our community. This grant will help us attract more external arts funding to the Mahoning Valley.”
Partners in the project include the YSU College of Creative Arts and Communication, the YSU Regional Economic Development Initiative, YSU’s McDonough Museum of Art, the city of Youngstown “City of You” branding and marketing campaign, Kent State University’s College of Architecture and Environmental Design and Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative.
“The combination of these arts entities, along with growing public and private investment downtown and around campus, provides a powerful opportunity to involve citizens in shaping the future of the city,” Crist said. “This project is not limited to the creation and distribution of art but will act as an exploratory arm for community, economic and cultural development.”