Arts-based Community Development Investment for Rural Wisconsin
Reedsburg Wis— National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chairman Jane Chu announced 69 Our Town awards totaling almost $5 million through the Our Town program’s fifth year of funding. Wormfarm Institute is one of those organizations and will receive $25,000 to help support the 2016 Farm/Art DTour.
The Our Town grant program supports creative placemaking projects that help to transform communities into lively, beautiful, and resilient places with the arts at their core. Since the program’s inception in 2011 and including these projects, the NEA will have awarded 325 Our Town grants totaling almost $26 million in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia.
The Farm/ Art DTour is the signature event within the annual Fermentation Fest – A Live Culture Convergence in Sauk County Wisconsin and was among the first projects funded through Our Town.
“Wormfarm demonstrates the best in creative community development and whose work will have a valuable impact on its community,” said Chairman Chu. “Through Our Town funding, arts organizations continue to spark vitality that support neighborhoods and public spaces, enhancing a sense of place for residents and visitors alike.”
“We are thrilled to receive this Our Town grant, our third since the program began.” Said Wormfarm’s Executive Director Donna Neuwirth. “With NEA funding we have been able to leverage broad-based community support and grow this event every year. This year we expect to attract over 20,000 people across the rural/ urban continuum.”
For a complete listing of projects recommended for Our Town grant support, please visit the NEA web site at arts.gov. Project descriptions, grants listed by state and by project type, and resources are available as well. The NEA’s online resource, Exploring Our Town, features case studies of more than 70 Our Town projects including the Farm/Art DTour along with lessons learned and other resources.