Press Conference at Hope, Try, Do, Work Dream Mural in Kennedy Park, July 12, 2011
Meeting Place artists Daniel Minter (visual art), Shamou (percussion), Marty Pottenger, Mayor Nick Mavodones, and Tonee Harbert

Meeting Place project, by Art At Work Initiative, is among 51 grants nationwide selected to support placemaking. Portland, ME – Today Art At Work announced that it will receive an Our Town Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), one of only 51 awarded nationwide. Art At Work will receive support on the project Meeting Place, a citizen and neighborhood organization yearlong partnership.

Our Town is the NEA’s new leadership initiative focused on creative placemaking projects. In creative placemaking, partners from both public and private sectors come together to strategically shape the physical and social character of a neighborhood, town, city or region around arts and cultural activities.  Created by Art At Work, Meeting Place is a multidisplinary arts project to help five of Portland’s neighborhoods develop and deepen their networks of connection by tapping into the transformative power of the arts with dynamic yearlong partnership with local artists.

National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Landesman said, “Communities across our country are using smart design and leveraging the arts to enhance the quality of life and promote their distinctive identities. In this time of great economic upheaval, Our Town provides communities an opportunity to reignite their economies.”

Belinda Ray, Meeting Place’s project coordinator, with Bayside Neighborhood Association members Patrick, Colette and Steve, as Marty takes the picture.

Sydney Williams helps hang artwork for Art At Work’s upcoming exhibit Necessary Work…opening September 29th.

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