It’s been a good busy for the Richmond Arts and Culture Commission (RACC)! Weeks have included applicant presentations for the Neighborhood Public Art Mini-Grants (NPA). With a budget of $65,000, commissioners voted and selected diverse projects in various artistic expressions. Art is coming to a community near you!
From the NPA Call for Entries: “The grants are designed to stimulate arts and culture in the Richmond community, help emerging artists of all ages and ethnicities, and fund local visual, literary, and performing art projects. Since 1997 the NPA program has been sponsored by the Richmond Arts & Culture Commission (RACC), and has engaged hundreds of community members in art projects all over Richmond.”
A past NPA grant was the amazing artist Tatiana Ortiz’s The Scribbler Artist. The project taught local elementary students how to write and illustrate their own books. Another notable project was Michele Wells’ The War At Home play inspired by work as a fellow at the Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project at Northeastern University School of Law. The monies allowed for meaningful local outreach resulting in a story that eerily mimicked current events of inequality and discrimination. These are just two examples of the incredible talent found or created in Richmond.
NPA project Debunking Stereotypes:
Unfortunately, the NPA grants were eliminated in 2016 leaving the community heartbroken. In the past, artists and organizations received crucial monies that funded incredible projects. As a result, the community united and rallied to reinstate the grant program. Today, that hard work to revive the program will result in new creative expressions throughout Richmond.
What is the purpose for of the NPA grants?
According to the Call for Entries:
- Provides local artists/organizations/community members with entry level funding
- Trains applicants in how to meet deadlines, make budgets, and complete projects
- Enables the community to learn artistic skills by participating in the grants
- Helps emerging artists to pass on their skills to others: “each one teach one”
Art provides hope and gives people a chance to speak. The white walls of the art world showcase a world of inaccessibility. The NPA grants offer direct access for the community. A zip code shouldn’t decide if your voice matters. The opportunity is priceless.
The winners for the 2018-2019 Neighborhood Public Art Mini-Grants will be announced next week!