By Rebecca Keister
PBN Staff Writer
PROVIDENCE – WaterFire Providence and Community MusicWorks, a musicians-in-residence based educational nonprofit in the city’s West End, have been awarded grants from ArtPlace, a philanthropic collaboration of high-profile foundations in partnership with the National Endowment of the Arts.
The organizations were the only two Rhode Island recipients of the awards, which were announced Tuesday.
“We are deeply honored to be selected by ArtPlace for inclusion in this important program and for their recognition of how successful WaterFire has been in bringing new vibrancy and vitality to downtown Providence,” said Barnaby Evans, executive artistic director, in a statement.
WaterFire will receive a $454,000 grant to launch a public art incubator that intends to help the organization develop new art presentation techniques through collaboration with city artists and cultural organizations.
WaterFire also intends to use some of the funds to develop a creative placemaking learning lab.
Community MusicWorks will receive a $100,000 grant to create a monthly series of musical and community-building events.
ArtPlace, which comprised of 11 national and regional foundations, six of the nation’s major banks, and eight federal agencies, was launched last year. This was the program’s first open competitive application process.