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Foundation announces $12,000 for art in linear parks

Funds art projects in Boston and along the Schuylkill River Water Trail in Pennsylvania.

From New England Foundation for the Arts

NEFA LogoArt and Community Landscapes (ACL), a program of the New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA), has awarded $12,000 in Planning Grants to support the development of new public art projects in 2005.

Eight artists and artist teams were awarded $1,500 each to develop public art proposals for sites in Allston-Brighton, MA and Reading, PA. The artists were selected from a highly competitive applicant pool by a selection panel which included representatives from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the National Park Service (NPS), community leaders, local artists, and NEFA.

Each project site has an accompanying partner organization that will work with the selected artists to help develop their proposals and make connections in the local community.

The project sites, partner organizations, and planning grantees are:

SITE 1: Allston Brighton Lincoln Street Green Strip. Boston, Massachusetts

The Lincoln Street Green Strip is a land parcel that was created in the 1960's when the construction of the Massachusetts Turnpike through Boston physically divided the city's Allston Brighton neighborhood.

PARTNER ORGANIZATION: Allston Brighton Community Development Corporation

PLANNING GRANTEES:

* Gary Duehr (Somerville, MA), Kathleen Driscoll (Medford, MA) & Gina Foglia (Somerville, MA)

* Andrea Legge (NYC, NY), Deborah Eve Lewis (Austin, TX) & R. Murray Legge (Austin, TX)

* Ross Miller (Allston, MA) & Nancy Selvage (Weston, MA)

* Andrea Wasserman (Vershire, VT) & Elizabeth Billings (Tunbridge, VT)

SITE 2: RiverPlace on the Schuylkill River Water Trail, Reading, Pennsylvania

The Schuylkill River Water Trail is a federally-designated National Recreation Trail in the urban heart of Berks County, Pennsylvania.

PARTNER ORGANIZATION: RiverPlace Development Corporation and the Schuylkill River National & State Heritage Area

PLANNING GRANTEES:

* Brenda Brown (Gainesville, FL) & Linnaea Tillett (Brooklyn, NY)

* Stacy Levy (Spring Mills, PA)

* Herb Parker (Charleston, SC)

* Peter Jon Snyder (Reading, PA) & Peter Kinney (Pennsauken, NJ)

With their ACL planning grants, the eight selected artists and artist teams will visit their project site and work with the site's partner organization to develop ideas, a full proposal and a budget for one or more projects. In January 2006, a panel will select one artist or artist team for each site, who will then be awarded up to $50,000 to implement the project.

Art & Community Landscapes (ACL) is a partnership of the New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA), the National Park Service (NPS), and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) that supports site-based art as a catalyst for increased environmental awareness and stewardship. ACL is generously funded by the National Endowment for the Arts and Anonymous.

For more information visit NEFA at: www.nefa.org

email: amcelhenny@nefa.org - phone: 617.951.0010

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August 13, 2006