Nashville Civic Design Center receives National Endowment for the Arts grant to support the Design Your Neighborhood Toolbox

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Acting Chairman Joan Shigekawa announced on April 23 that the Nashville Civic Design Center (NCDC) is one of 817 nonprofit organizations nationwide to receive an NEA Art Works grant. NCDC is recommended for a $20,000 grant to support the creation of the Design Your Neighborhood Toolbox.
The toolbox will augment the Design Your Neighborhood (DYN) documentary film that the NCDC premiered in 2012. The film followed a group of inner-city high school youth during a summer camp program that explored the topics of architecture, urban design, planning, filmmaking and civic engagement. The DYN Toolbox will guide teachers and community leaders on methods to engage middle and high school students in their own communities on these topics.
"The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to support these exciting and diverse arts projects that will take place throughout the United States. Whether it is through a focus on education, engagement, or innovation, these projects all contribute to vibrant communities and memorable opportunities for the public to engage with the arts," Acting Chairman Shigekawa said.
“Planners are designing tomorrow’s communities for today’s youth, and the youth want to be involved and share in the change that will impact their future. The feedback we received from the DYN documentary was incredibly positive. We realized that NCDC had created an innovative product to teach youth about DESIGN. This follow-up program, will provide what we’ve learned to communities all across the country, and better prepare students to be active participants in their communities,”
Julia Fry Landstreet, Executive Director NCDC.
In August 2012, the NEA received 1,547 eligible applications for Art Works grants requesting more than $80 million in funding. Art Works grants support the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and the strengthening of communities through the arts. The 817 recommended NEA grants total $26.3 million and span 13 artistic disciplines and fields. Applications were reviewed by panels of outside experts convened by NEA staff and each project was judged on its artistic excellence and artistic merit.
The NCDC is one of six organizations in the city to receive grant funding from the NEA; NCDC is the only organization to receive funding in the category of Design in the State of TN. For a complete listing of projects recommended for Art Works grant support, please visit the NEA website at
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