Cultural Development Corporation Wins $50,000 Our Town Grant
The National Endowment for the Arts announced its 2013 Our Town Grant Award recipients July 17. The Cultural Development Corporation of Central Oklahoma will receive a $50,000 award to hire a consultant to develop a comprehensive public art master plan to implement and leverage the city’s One Percent for Art Ordinance. The ordinance, passed in 2009, requires that one percent of any new construction budget commissioned by the city be allocated to public art. A public art master plan will provide procedural guidance and policy recommendations for reviewing and commissioning public art in Oklahoma City. The Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs will partner with the Cultural Development Corporation of Central Oklahoma to improve the artist selection process, maximize artistic quality, and engage the broader arts community in planning for public art. An estimated 250 people will be actively engaged in the community cultural planning process. The population of Oklahoma City is 563,000, with an additional population of 94,000 that commute to the city for work.
Read the full news release from the NEA, which highlights several towns with populations under 5,000 that were awarded Our Town grants.
Applications and guidelines for Our Town 2014 will be available at arts.gov in September 2013 with a deadline of early January 2014.