The Roosevelt Row Community Development Corp., the non-profit downtown arts and business group working to revitalize Phoenix’s art culture, recently won a $100,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.  In collaboration with the city of Phoenix and the Arizona State University Art Museum, the Roosevelt Row CDC hopes to fund events, including a food-and-art festival, which will put abandoned and damaged properties in the community to use.  The grant is one of an estimated 80 “Our Town” grants awarded this year to cities around the country, and comes on the heels of Roosevelt Row’s $150,000 grant from the organization Artplace.  The group will use grant money to fund their new project “Cultural Connections,” which will bring a series of free public art and music events to vacant lots over the next two years.  Along with Roosevelt Street’s First Friday art walks and Third Friday art and music showcases, the goal is to attract people to Roosevelt Row’s cultural community, raising awareness of local artists and stimulating Phoenix’s business economy so that, hopefully, no more properties become blighted or forgotten.

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