Last week the National Endowment for the Arts Our Town program announced $6.575 million in grants to 51 communities. Among them are four projects in Texas: the city of El Paso gets $25,000 to support the design of a pedestrian green space between the Union Plaza Entertainment District to the Cultural Arts District downtown, replacing a parking lot, railroad tracks, and industrial loading docks that currently serve as physical barriers.The University of Houston gets $100,000 to support a mash-up of public art installations, new media initiatives, and cultural planning activities to help revitalize Houston’s Third Ward neighborhood. Ballroom Marfa gets $250,000 to improve Vizcaino County Park, several acres of scenic desert that will be home for the Drive-In, a new outdoor venue for music, film, and performing arts. The City of San Angelo gets $150,000 to commissioning of public art and public spaces along the Concho River Trail.
El Paso, Houston, Marfa and San Angelo get NEA Our Town grants
by Bill Davenport July 17, 2011