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Posted on: February 11, 2021

City of Green Bay to Receive $10,000 Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts

Contact:  Laura Schley, Public Arts Coordinator; laura.schley@greenbaywi.gov; 920-448-3142

(GREEN BAY, WI) The City of Green Bay has been approved for a $10,000 Grants for Arts Projects award to support The Shipyard Underpass Place-making Project. This project will activate and beautify a ±2-acre area under Green Bay’s Mason Street viaduct, which will also serve as the grand entrance to Green Bay’s Shipyard. The City of Green Bay’s project is among 1,073 projects across America totaling nearly $25 million that were selected during this first round of fiscal year 2021 funding in the Grants for Arts Projects funding category. Fourteen grants total were awarded to various organizations within the state of Wisconsin during this grant cycle.

“The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to support this project from The City of Green Bay,” said Arts Endowment Acting Chairman Ann Eilers. “The City of Green Bay is among the arts organizations across the country that have demonstrated creativity, excellence, and resilience during this very challenging year.”

“Receipt of creative placemaking funds from the National Endowment for the Arts is an indicator that the Green Bay Public Arts Commission has hit a significant benchmark in its evolution and is an important tool in place-based community development, affordable housing and building civic pride. We look forward to working with our partners to realize the vision for The Shipyard Development” said Green Bay Public Arts Commission Chair Kelli Strickland. 

This project will create an immersive public art environment and activate an underutilized space through the addition of murals, sculptures, and other mediums. This project will aid in conveying the neighborhood’s unique identity and history through art, enhance visibility and a sense of safety within the site, and create a special place for the local neighborhood, as well as the greater Green Bay community and tourists. 

For more information on projects included in the Arts Endowment grant announcement, visit arts.gov/news.

About Green Bay Public Arts Commission (GBPAC) Established in 2016, GBPAC focuses on the creation and preservation of public art in Green Bay, and ensuring equal access for all to enjoy and engage with public art. The GBPAC exists to fund artistic activities and support cultural programs that integrate and advance arts and culture as an essential part of life in Green Bay.  It oversees the Rotating Art Program, with sculptures placed in six locations, sees to the conservation and maintenance of multiple public art pieces throughout the city, maintains a public art inventory map, artist database and offers grants to fund various arts projects. For more information visit  https://greenbaywi.gov/571/Public-Arts-Commission

For further information contact Public Arts Coordinator, Laura Schley at 920-448-3142 / email laura.schley@greenbaywi.gov.

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